Ever captured a frame on your mobile camera ? of course you have, but have you captured an image and thought that you’ll print it out and frame it ? I suppose not.
The distinction between clicking a photo and actually framing an image is that process of going all the way to print it out and physically hold the photo in your hands, because only then you tend to stop clicking everything you see and actually think, conceptualise and frame before you take a photo.
Initially I never gave much importance to printing the photos that I took on my phone, but now I realise that taking a photo with the end goal to actually print it out makes you pause and plan a shot better. Otherwise it is all digitally maintained in some memory card or on some social media platform waiting to get gratified for.
For me the moment of a frame was the most exciting part of taking pictures on mobiles, besides it’s advantages over a DSLR. When you photograph using your mobile camera everything can be framed into art. Especially because of the focusing and wide angle features of the cameras.
Most of the creative photographers suggest to see simple things and find art in it, and a good mobile camera helps you in that process. Having said that not every frame you make is a masterpiece, but a lot of practice and an eye for things inside a frame (I say think inside a rectangular box) makes you skip the initial thinking part and get to framing a moment instantly.
Editing the pictures is also equally exciting. It was a systematic process that I indulge myself in. I would suggest to minimally crop your photo first (if it is needed) as you decide on the frame first before anything.
Phones offered superb screens and user friendly apps to get the most out of a frame. Snapseed and VSCO are the two consistent apps that I use for mobile work, but right now the editing options on the phones themselves offer quality and options you need.
The practice of mobile photography is much intense now in India than when I started out in 2008. The phone cameras have improved exponentially, giving more options and less fuss. A lot of people consult me before buying a phone for its camera and I always advice them to buy the flagship models of any company. Flagships models are developed to deliver the highest image of the mobile company and is always the best from that company.
Anyone and everyone can make a good picture, given they are devoured by the insatiable hunger for visuals and perspectives.
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