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 🙂