Phoneography, short for “phone” and “photography” and recently “videography” as well, redefined the way we record life’s moments. With a smartphone and a variety of powerful apps, it is now easy to capture photos and videos and transform them into beautiful imagery and moving stories, that can be shared to family and friends, or through social networking sites. And like professional photographers and videographers who follow a set of procedures for processing their work, if you’re serious about your phoneography, then it’s going to be a big help if you create and follow a simple workflow, to make phoneography a fun and enjoyable experience.
- SNAP. When something caught your attention, what do you do? Because you don’t always carry a bulky DSLR or even a compact digital camera, you of course bring out your phone (most are equipped with a sensor) and snap a photo or a short video clip of the scene, using the native camera or a camera replacement app. But while others would stop with snapping just a shot, a phoneographer would snap as many photos from different angles as possible. This is to make sure you get or cover all the possible exposures. You can then choose the snapshots you’d like to keep or dump. It’s far easier deleting hundreds of photos than losing the opportunity to snap the best shots. A phoneographer is a snapshooter, always ready to unlock the phone, and tap or click on the camera button.
- FILTER. The fun part is working with the photos (and videos). While most inbuilt camera apps allow for basic editing, you’ll need to download photo and video edit/filter/effect apps to do more than just crop and scale. There are so many apps available (a lot of them are free) that can instantly apply filters (usually vintage) to turn your plain photos into eye-catching snapshots. From color correction and selective adjustments to free-style blurring and easy layers – think of the many creative possibilities that these apps can do, limited only to your imagination. We’ll talk more about these apps soon, the essential set and the new and notable ones, so stay tuned.
- SHARE. The Instagram app popularized photo-sharing, in fact, it built a huge community of Instagram’ers from around the world. It basically made photo-sharing a must if you’re into photography or videography, where you can get followers and your work appreciated by others by way of likes. But aside from Instagram, there are many apps that double as communities with which you can share your work, such as Flickr, VSCO Grid, and Hipstamatic’s oggl to name a few. Nothing wrong though, if you choose to limit sharing of your photos and videos to families and friends. But if you’d like to contribute to the community and share your visual stories, you can start with IGersManila, and see what happens.
So have fun with your phoneography – go out and enjoy your snapshooting – snap, filter, and share!
Featured image of The Ruins in Bacolod snapped (edited in Snapseed) with Samsung Galaxy Note 2.