I like to take pictures using my phone. Each photo I take represents a precise moment in my life — a memory, a place, an object — something that captures my imagination or inspires me in some way. While some people fuss about buying the latest cameras and the latest lenses to make the best possible photographs, I’m not one to lug a large camera around. My iPhone is always in my pocket, ready to capture these random moments during my day and my travels, for I’ve found it’s true that the best camera in the world is the one that I have with me.
Here are some of my recent favorites in the gallery below. From left to right, a new friend I made on a trip to Spain, deep, fresh-fallen snow on coniferous trees, and a summer storm chasing us along the highway. All of these shots are moments I was able capture because my phone is always in my pocket.
Mobile apps in many popular flavors
With your phone in your pocket, you’re ready to capture any thing or event in the moment. WordPress.com’s mobile apps come in iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Nokia, WebOS, and Blackberry flavors, making it a snap (whoa, punny!) to moblog on the go. Simply grab your phone, get the shot, and upload it to your WordPress.com blog. Tomorrow, Cheri Lucas will cover how to use some of the mobile apps. Today, I want to encourage you to get out and take photos with your mobile phone so that you’ll have some fun shots to upload.
Pick a photo challenge and snap to it
Looking for some inspiration? Here at Daily Post, we publish weekly photo challenges using photos we’ve taken ourselves. We enjoy coming up with new imagery each week to encourage you to capture pictures that reflect the theme as you see it through your lens. Here are a few suggestions on getting started with phoneography:
- Go out for a walk around your neighborhood and do a study on the color “red.” Take a few photos that say “red” to you. Maybe it’s a candy wrapper, a bird, even a street sign, perhaps a wreath — what did you find that was red? Snap away.
- Experiment with composition. Notice the photo of my Spanish friend above: he’s off to the side, literally marginalized, which lends resonance to his status as a stray dog — a dog without a home. Select any subject — a tree, your favorite tea cup, the egg you ate for breakfast — and experiment with where you place the subject within the frame. How does the photo change when you frame the subject on the right, left, center, or at an angle?
- Using only five photos, document a day in your life. Be choosy! Which activities or objects best represent what happens during your day? You might choose to capture the tie you wore, the view from the table at which you ate lunch, the bus stop after work, the book you’re reading, and your baby girl’s hairbrush — the one you used to brush her hair after her evening bath. Which five photos best represent a day in your life? Is five too many? Snap three photos, or snap one photo that best represents your day.
The beautiful thing about phoneography is that it lowers the barrier to participating in challenges: grab your phone, grab your coat, and take a photo walk in your neighborhood — you never know what you’ll encounter, but with your phone at the ready, you know won’t miss capturing that unique moment in time.