Friday, June 14, 2013

Adventures in Mobile Photography

My name is Kate, and I've been a photographer for over 15 years. In that time I've created portraits, captured moments and even shot a wedding or two. For me, I have a real desire to document the world around me, with special focus on the little things that we sometimes overlook.

Brooklyn Bridge, by Kate Hailey

Whether we work for ourselves or for someone else, oftentimes we can be overwhelmed with many tasks.  The necessary day-to-day responsibilities take the forefront, making us so busy that we can lose the passion and drive that prompted us to be creative in the first place.  So how do you cope with that?  Do you allow yourself the freedom to create?  Do you make time to create?  Do you feed your creative soul?  You should!

Cal Anderson, by Kate Hailey

And now you're thinking, how can I when I'm so busy?  When can I find the time? What about all of those emails I need to answer? Yes, we lead very busy lives, but does it have to be that way?  As they say, "where there's a will, there's a way!"  Therefore, it’s very important to make time for yourself and for your art.

Great Wheel, by Kate Hailey

When Apple released the first iPhone, I wanted one immediately.   However, I waited for a few reasons. For one thing they aren't cheap, and I was tied into a cell phone contract! The timing worked out, so in 2009 I got my first iPhone.  With its slick black and chrome lines, touch screen and 3 megapixel camera I was in heaven. Only 3 megapixels, yes, but that was okay. I realized immediately as I began to document my world that 3 megapixels was all right. It's about documenting a moment, no matter what size the sensor.

Library Looking Down, by Kate Hailey

In 2010, I began a journey of creating an iPhone Image a Day.  All the images were taken and edited on the iPhone.  An image, every day, for 365 days.  I'm not going to lie, it wasn't easy! Some images were planned and others created at 11:55 p.m. at night realizing the day was about done!  However, I did it.  Then I did it again in 2011, and again in 2012.

Library Tilt, by Kate Hailey

Whew! Three years and 1,096 images created!  In that time I've become quite a prolific Mobile Photographer, stacking apps like layers in Photoshop.  Playing with textures, extreme processing and in general having fun.  This entire process has made me a better photographer. When the gear is so very simple and you can't control shutter speed, aperture and ISO, all you have to do is look at the scene, compose and capture the moment and the surroundings.
 
Space Needle, by Kate Hailey

As an artist, we create and capture what speaks to us. We have to remember that the tools are simply that; tools.  It's the vision we convey that matters. Once you've created that vision, I encourage you, and even challenge you, to share it with the world. There are lots of great websites, such as Flickr, iPhoneArt, 500px, and Instagram, to show off what you've made.  There are millions of Mobile Photographers out there!

Portrait of an Era, by Kate Hailey

I'm still capturing images on my trusty iPhone 4s.  Yes, the journey continues, daily! Thank you for reading!

Contributor Bio:
Kate Hailey is a Seattle based portrait and lifestyle photographer, creating images to capture moments, events and the urban landscape.  For her personal work, Kate shares her view of the world via her iPhone. 

For app tutorials, reviews and more information on Kate's own journey through Mobile Photography, visit her blog at http://www.katehailey.com/blog/.

1 comment:

  1. It's nice to see old pictures taken by a vintage camera. Remembering those old days.

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