Oh, how I love my iPhone. A camera that weighs hardly anything, takes truly lovely photographs and that is with me always. Not a day passes that I don’t take a photograph with my phone, resulting in hundreds (okay thousands) of captures every year. Having this power in my pocket feels miraculous to me.
As Uncle Ben said to Peter Parker, “With great power, comes great responsibility." If I want to enjoy these images, share them with loved ones and preserve them for my kids and their kids I can’t just snap away and leave them in my camera roll. There are many steps that I take to ensure that I photograph thoughtfully, keep my memories safe and prevent my iPhone memory from getting overloaded. In my mind, these three are the non-negotiables:
- Cull. Cull. Cull. Make it a habit to delete the images you don’t absolutely love. If you are photographing at a family event or your little dude's soccer game, wait until you’re safely back home to review the images and fill the trash can. If you do it while you shoot, you’ll miss actually witnessing the event you are at. Which brings me to my second rule.
- Put the phone away. Don’t paparazzi your family and friends. Decide what you’d like photos of before you head to your next event. Photographers call this a ‘shot list’. For example, if you are attending your best friend’s 40th, you may decide you want a shot of your friend, a shot of you and your friend and a shot of your friend blowing out the candles on her cake. Capture those moments and then enjoy the event through your own two eyes, not through a screen. Then wait until you get home to cull down to only the images you look fabulous in (see #1).
- Print your photography! We have so many wonderful choices online to create photo books and order prints that arrive at our door in just a few days. Don’t let your precious memories languish on a hard drive, disc or, even worse - your phone! Print them! Your family memories depend on it.
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I’d love to hear your top tips. What is your number one rule when using your phone for photography?