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Anything but Digital

December 29th, 2010  |  Published in Featured, Style  |  1 Comment

…. and your camera phone.

As anyone with a Facebook account can attest to, more and more people are creating interesting images out of everyday mundane happenings with their phones, using such apps as ShakeIt, Hipstamatic, Camera+, etc. Personally, I think it’s great. I love having a pocket sized camera on me everywhere I go. From time to time, and certainly not often enough, I leave my DSLRs at home and travel with only film cameras and my iPhone.

Last year, I started taking photos with my iPhone, in the mornings and evenings, of my daughter getting up from or going to bed. Doing so was much less invasive for her (not that she’s not used to the camera in her face alllllll the time), and it allowed me to get her really natural. I called these photos Morning and Evening Snuggles and posted them on Facebook. I was overwhelmed by how many people said they looked forward to seeing them everyday. A simple series of phone photos, who knew?

On our recent travels, my boyfriend and I brought nothing but film cameras and phones – no digital, otherwise. The black and whites produced on the iPhone with certain apps, are really lovely, I think.

We brought a Diana with a Polaroid back, Holga, Fuji Insta wide camera, Hasselblad, Mamiya 6×7 II, and a Polaroid SX70. For those old timers who started off shooting film, long before the days of megapixels and RAW files, digital may now be the only way you fly. I’ve missed the smell of fixer, the anticipation of getting film developed, finding a random roll and wondering what’s on it. It had been so long since we’d played with film, it was really nice to have that nostalgic feeling back.

I did it for 9 years, but my days of shooting film at weddings is LONG gone, and though busting out my phone during the ceremony just looks a tad bit tacky, I would love to shoot one this way. Somewhere I have a few rolls of black and white 120mm ready to be hand developed, with random photos of wedding couples from the last few years. I kind of like knowing they’re sitting there waiting to be processed.

Next time you leave the house, why not keep the big guns at home and step out of your element? You might be surprised what you come up with.


About zofia

zofia has written 22 post in this blog.

Zofia is a Nantucket Wedding Photographer who combines style, love and art in everything she creates. She wants to be the girl with the most cake.



  1. Jeannie says:

    December 30th, 2010 at 9:12 am (#)

    Great article! And I agree, my iPhone is my favorite camera now for my own personal images of travel, everyday life, etc.

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