I love taking pictures with my iPad!

Let me start by saying that I’d never really been a fan of taking photos with a mobile device until I got an iPad for Christmas last year. Up until then, I had strictly been a DSLR girl (a Nikon one at that) and had never really got to grips with the camera on my ageing Android mobile. Now I just can’t stop taking pictures with my iPad!

Two main factors have influenced this latest obsession. The first one is directly related to my diagnosis of cancer this year and the chemotherapy tablets I take – I get very fatigued easily, especially when out and about, so lugging a large camera and several lenses around has become a real struggle. I did buy a smaller and lighter camera (an Olympus E-PL1) last year which is a joy to use and is the camera I will grab if I’m out all day. But it was increasingly becoming apparent to me that I actually wanted to take quick and easy pictures during my day to day life…photos that didn’t need editing in Photoshop or required any technical know-how…I wanted to get those shots that I’d probably miss if I had to take the time to grab my ‘real’ camera, no matter how trivial or mundane.

The second factor is my wonderful friend Zoe Barrie. Zoe is a professional photographer who specialises in wedding photography – her work is amazing (don’t just take my word for it, go and look at her web site!). But she also takes fantastic images with her iPhone…you can see a selection of her mobile phone imagery on the Click Collective blog. It’s Zoe’s snapshots of the things she sees and does during her day that I find inspirational, a visual diary of those fleeting moments that we would miss or just take for granted.

Now, I don’t get out as much as the average person, and a lot of my images are dominated by a certain ginger kitten and a curly-haired son, but the iPad enables me to take pictures anywhere and everywhere…on my trips out, on the train, in my house, from my bed, in the hospital…and I can share them immediately. There’s also the therapeutic side to all of this – taking photos has always been an emotional activity for me…not just about capturing an emotion in a scene or another person, but also how I am feeling inside. I don’t just take pictures when I’m happy, but also when I’m sad or angry. Being able to capture spontaneous shots has often helped me to take some ‘time out’ from stressful or difficult times, by enabling me to ‘let go’ of thoughts and emotions that I find difficult to resolve.

So now, I’m addicted to shooting with my iPad as well as being addicted to lots of photo apps…my favourite one being Hipstamatic. I’ve also started to get some of my mobile pictures printed, but that’s for another blog post 🙂

6 Responses to "I love taking pictures with my iPad!"

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  1. Zoe

    October 9, 2012 at 1:38 am

    Oh my darling Amanda, I think you might have the wrong way round – I am so inspired but your work – I love it so…you are right about the usage of instagram – it opens up the world at the tap of the phone 🙂 sometimes its all about just grabbing the moment however which way you can 🙂 xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  2. Jane Packard

    October 9, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Lovely post Amanda. I love my phone camera too. It’s just so handy!

  3. Wendy Grant Photography

    October 9, 2012 at 11:38 am

    These are fabulous Amanda and they still have the distinctive Hayler style! Looking forward to seeing more of your iPad photos 🙂 x

  4. Andrea Ellison Photography

    October 9, 2012 at 11:52 am

    ahh its true…..they do still have the distinct Hayler style ….which shows its not what you use for the capture but how you see it in the first place xxx fab post…fab pics x

  5. Sue Daly

    October 9, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Fab post…. love these Amanda! I really should use my phone more for taking pics xx

  6. Amanda

    October 9, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Thank you my lovelies xxx