I must confess. I am a resistor of things I don’t understand. And I refuse to believe that I stand alone in this circle.
I was slow to commit to Facebook for sharing images. I even said, “I don’t have time for “friends.”. And while not a perfect forum, I realized it is a way for me to share my passion for photography, creativity, nature and much more. As I learned and understood more, I was able to embrace it as another tool to share my vision and what I have to offer.
I resisted using my cell phone as an image-making tool along with any and all the apps that might have been available. I don’t have an iPhone (and may never have one). My Android works just fine. With the latest upgrade of my cell phone and improved camera, I realized this is another way to capture, create and share quickly without the encumbrances of bags of gear. Apps are featherlight but fierce with potential. And, like many people, I have my phone with me almost all the time. With Snapseed, Painteresque and a few others to play with, there’s a party to attend.
In embracing “the phone thing,” I have realized that it is a helpful tool for finding and developing compositions and viewpoints that can be immediately captured. Those images can also get me started with my DSLR. So, sometimes, I find it convenient to scout an area with the phone and then decide how I want to work a subject with the “big dog.”
Enter Instagram. Again, I resist what I don’t understand. I’m getting it and am sharing my view of the world from my perspective now on Instagram and learning to embrace “the square.” Who knew there were such possibilities in four equal sides? I began my photography with 35mm film, so the 2×3 ratio was what I knew and had been comfortable with.
So, this conflicted issue I have had with using my phone as a creative tool has vanished. Ultimately, we all are able to capture, play and share moments with each other almost instantly. And, this I understand. This I can embrace.
Note: All images included in this post were captured with and processed on my phone. I cannot believe it, and I cannot help myself. Oh, happy day.