Shortly after reading the eBook Eyephone from Craft & Vision for review on its release, I started delving into phone camera photography seriously for the first time. My eyes were opened that with a little bit of grit, creativity, and a vision in mind, one could quite possibly achieve something worthwhile with these camera phones. After all, they’re in the 8 and 10MP counts these days. I’d seen others achieve enough success with them to warrant making a serious go of it myself.
One of the problems was a publication stream – I use Flickr for the contest thread (now in the summer session), but not really for sharing my own photos out anymore as I have gotten pretty picky about what goes live! Then there’s 500px. A wonderful venue in and of itself – the photographs there are just extraordinary! Half the time they make me want to drop my camera and never take another picture again! Probably not the best venue for a mobile phone photography collage though – especially that this is a work-in-progress project. I settled in on Instagram. Aside from having their own nice set of editing tools, it seemed the perfect companion for my iPhone photo exploration.
Part of the reason for this exploration is to share photos with you – the readership! Some of the photos I share through this feed I hope will make you go “Wow!” Or “Great shot!” or something along those lines. I also fully expect that some will make you shrug your shoulders and say “I could do that – no biggie!” The end result though will be a collection of photos taken over a course of 365 days. That’s right, a little micro photo-a-day-blog. You can watch my own progression (assuming I progress of course) with the art of mobile phone photography. Now granted, this idea started with a battle of dueling camera phones between myself and Kerry Garrison on our respective microblogs “My Droid Pics” and his now defunct “Kerry’s Droid Pics” domains. Like most 365 photo projects, we lost track of it over time and never really got back.
For now – mine is back on track via my Instagram feed – so if you’d like to keep up on the progress there, join me over on Instagram under my handle there (CBJason). Or, if you are not an Instagram fan, you can check back here periodically as I’ll likely add gallery posts every few weeks with the latest offerings. Finally, you can also see current status and updates via this custom 3rd party app called Followgram
I have to admit, having the strong functionality of the iPhone for creative ideas as I go about my day is very handy, and something I am getting back into the habit of documenting, so join me (and tell me about your own efforts – I love to get ideas from others too!). In the meantime, here’s a sampling of what I’ve shot so far:
And now – for the teaser of all teasers – on Friday I said that the weekend photo challenge was to take five pictures! Above you, there are three random pictures from a bunch I took over the course of the last week or so. Without cheating, who can say which three are the ones from the last 3 days? The winner is going to get something super fun! Share your guesses in the comments section below.
Fair warning – the images will rotate randomly, so don’t guess with “Column 1, Row 4” !