I remember when Carole got her first iPhone she called it "my precious" and now, after having a smart phone for a couple of weeks, I completely understand the sentiment. Having every part of my life in hand is very helpful, and the camera feature (the reason I wanted the phone) is as wonderful as I thought it would be.
Everywhere I went this weekend I had my camera, which was not the case with my pre-smart phone habits. The Big Picture Class, which is iPhone based, but has still helped me understand smart photo photography and the apps I can use to enhance my own photos. The first picture above is straight from the camera and the second shows how I was able to enhance the light and mood with Snapseed, which might be my favorite app.
The class is updated every other day with a new assignment and suggestions on composition, ideas to consider, and the apps the instructor used to create their photos (and so much more!). So far our lessons have been focused on light, action, lines, silhouettes, landscapes, with the newest class on vantage points.
My favorite subject, as you know, is the sky and the mountains near by, and in this photo, I was able to fulfill three assignments at one time; light, silhouettes, landscape, and you may even consider the clouds as lines. With a little enhancing in Snapseed, I was able to give my photo a painterly quality.
Teaching my eye, and my brain, to look at other things (other than up) can take a conscious effort, but my walk through Sugarhouse offered the opportunity to capture a couple in silhouette as they walked through the tunnel hand in hand. I love the way the light played in the windows in front of them.
I've also learned about denoising and used the technique on this photo to bring out the leaves and the texture in the wall. I'm having fun reading through the instructors notes and suggestions and trying out their effects and ideas on my own photos. It's fun to learn, to play, to create, but I find it a little addicting. There are times I put the phone in a drawer and lock it away so I can concentrate on other tasks and creative endeavors.
But there are times...
..I stop in my tracks and snap a photo. I play with it later to get the effect I want, in this case, a dramatic shot of the rainstorm that moved in Monday night and caused havoc as I drove to my book group.
Having a smart phone is one of the best things I've done for my creative life, but not to worry, there is still plenty of knitting, reading, and a secret project on the horizon, too.