Phoneography is the art of creating photos with your phone’s camera. This style differs from all other forms of digital photography in that images are shot, processed and shared on the same device. Although my phone camera has several technical limitations, it is my go to camera for capturing daily life.
First off, my iPhone camera makes editing and sharing photographs extremely easy. Editing is easy and only takes a few seconds. This means my photos no longer sit on an external hard drive in isolation. Instead, I enjoy looking at and sharing my snap shots on a regular basis.
Second, my phone camera is small, lightweight and by my side at all times. As a mom, I appreciate the compact nature of the iPhone camera. I carry around so much baby gear that pulling out the DSLR sometimes feels like a giant pain in the ass.
Finally, I enjoy the freedom and spontaneity associated with a phone camera. I find, I am less concerned with the technical aspects built into the camera. This allows me to focus more on external factors such as composition, lighting and the subject that I am shooting. Ultimately, the lack of technical capabilities built into a phone camera allow me be more present in the moment.
Don’t Be a Hater
Phoneography sometimes gets a bad rap. I believe that good photography is not about the type of camera you use. It is about how a person sees and captures the world. With this in mind, I believe that shooting with an iPhone is good practice, even for a seasoned professional photographer.
For the most part, the technical limitations of a phone camera do not matter to me. Many of my personal photographs are ephemeral. I am not looking to enlarge and display the vast majority of the pictures taken with my phone. I am simply looking to capture joy in everyday moments. It may be a photo of a beach, my baby or a hamburger. My goal is to capture a feeling, not to create a technically perfect masterpiece.
So forget about the expensive cameras and fancy equipment once in a while. I challenge you to get out there and start taking amazing snap shots with your phone. Be present, capture and share the fun and quirky little moments that life brings with iPhoneography!
Do you have any favourite iPhone photos? Share them with me on Facebook, Instagram or send me an email! I’d love to feature them in upcoming posts on phone photography.