Following on from last years successful ’24 Mobile Photographers Til Christmas’ series and to celebrate the forthcoming festive season and another year in the timeline of Mobiography I have decided to repeat the series and showcase the work, thoughts and insights of 24 talented mobile photographers. Each featured photographer has inspired and supported me in one way or another during the course of the past 2 years and I will be asking them to offer an insight into their photography, to reflect on their year gone by or plans for the coming year ahead.
Each day until Christmas Eve we will be featuring one photographer in a sort of online advent calendar so to speak.
Today’s featured photographer is Emil Pakarklis of iPhone Photography School.
My top tips and words of wisdom for aspiring mobile photographers or artists…
1 Focus on the fundamentals of photography
Even though mobile photography has revolutionized the way we take photos, the fundamental principles of photography still apply to every photo you take, and learning to use these principles is the easiest way to greatly improve the photos that you take with a mobile device.
Study the essential principles of composition, think about the angle that you take photos from, pay attention to light, and try to find unique photography subjects. Just because you’re taking photos with a phone doesn’t mean you should treat them differently than DSLR photos!
2 Copy the people who inspire you
Steve Jobs is known for saying, “Good artists copy, great artists steal.” And funnily enough, he borrowed that quote from Pablo Picasso. But how does this apply to mobile photography?
Of course, you shouldn’t ever steal photos from anyone, but you should definitely borrow ideas and inspiration from the photographers you admire. When you see a photo that you really like, try to understand what makes this photo so special, and try to recreate a similar photo.
If you think that photography is all about creativity, you’re absolutely right, but even a creative mind has to be inspired by something. So build your skills and experience by applying the ideas of other photographers until you have the skills you need to start crating truly unique work!
3 Take more photos and don’t give up
One of the mistakes that beginner photographers often make is taking too few photos and giving up to early. It’s easy to take a couple dozen photos and give up when the results don’t work out as you wish. What you might not realize is that the best photographers – including those whose work you admire on social networks – only share one out of a hundred photos they take.
Of course, there’s no need to mindlessly take dozens of identical photos. If you want achieve truly unique results, you have to always keep experimenting and trying out different things, and while most of your photos aren’t going to work out as you wish, some of them definitely will.
The photo that you can see at the top of this page, which is one of my favorite photos, is a bit of a coincidence since that group of people were only standing in this pattern for a split second, but since I was taking a series of photos of this group, one of them worked out exactly right.
Keep experimenting and taking more photos and that will eventually pay off!