Ok, ok I went a bit over-the-top with the title.
To see what I was really trying to say, check out my Facebook Live video here. (Please excuse the fumbling at the end where I try to end the video with my shiny new selfie stick and fail miserably!!)
This challenge was in two parts…
Part 1: Find inspiration in an everyday situation. Basically, the challenge of taking a step back and finding something interesting to photograph while having a normal day at home with my family.
No matter how dull you think your current environment is, there’s always something to photograph.
Part 2: Only use my iPhone 6…!
Having loads of expensive kit doesn’t make a photographer. You can take great photos with any camera!
The trick is to know the limits of your camera, and when you know you can’t capture the shot you want to, look at the scene in a different way and get creative.
Well, these were my reasoning and hypotheses, anyway.
Camera: iPhone 6
Lenses: Built-in lenses x2, MPow Clip-on lenses (fish-eye and macro – I didn’t use the wide-angle). (Link here – it’s not affiliated, just for info)
I’ve post-processed the images in the same way that I would have done if I’d been using my pro camera.
How did it go?
I took photos at various points throughout the day…more than I usually do as I was a bit nervous about how the photos were going to turn out, and I was really trying to see my environment in a different way so was experimenting with different angles and lighting.
I knew that portrait-type shots were probably out, as trying to get catch-light in the eyes is very difficult, and camera-phone photos tend to be a bit flat-looking, which isn’t great for portraiture.
What I wasn’t expecting was to find it hard to reduce the images down to the few I’m sharing with you here. And one thing became very apparent – I immediately fell in love with the macro lens.
This is what happened… we headed out to the garden to take some food waste to the composter and to pick some blueberries and raspberries.
While we were in the garden, I decided to check out the iPhone macro lens. My first target was the raspberry bush.
The usual deal whenever we venture into the garden is that LW wants to (a) dig and (b) bug hunt. Impressed with the raspberry shot, I decided to try for some creepy crawly macro shots too. Now, I can’t actually pick my favourite here, but I’ve narrowed it down to my top three!
The nicest thing about taking these bug shots was stopping and actually looking at them – like a toddler, in fact. Just stopping. And looking.
One thing I ought to point out here was that I took A LOT of photos of each of these bugs. Many of them were blurred, and it took a steady hand (and waiting for the wind to drop) to capture these pictures. I checked as best I could on my phone that the images were in focus, but it was quite tricky.
Obviously, once LW had got bored of me photographing bugs, he decided to dig the garden. In his slippers. 🙄
Once we’d scraped the mud of LW, it was time to start preparing lunch. There’s no control over shutter speed or aperture, so I couldn’t do anything fancy with the flow of water from the tap, but I do still like the effect in this photo.
Next LW and I set about trying to pack – we’re going to visit his Granny for a few days, so I asked him to collect together a few small, light toys to take with us…
Now, I know I mentioned in the Facebook Live video that I was going to do this “around home”, but this was a typical, quiet-ish day, and on days like this we head to our local park which is just down the road. Which means the following photos definitely aren’t cheating.
And after all the fun and games, it was time to put that spinach to good use…
Incidentally, the recipe for the muffins can be found here 😊. They’re fabulous, and very easy for little ones to help cook, too.
In summary, I’m really glad that I did this challenge. It definitely forced me to take a step back from the everyday mundanity and look at things from a different perspective. Having the extra lenses helped, but I tried not to get too caught up with them. The majority of photos I took today were just with the standard built-in lenses, but it was definitely fun to do a bit of macro!
A side-effect of this challenge was that I found I didn’t get as generally exasperated as usual, although I was equally probably more distracted. (When LW started trying to kick the phone out on my hand on the swing, I figured it was probably time to stop for a while).
The nicest thing about this set of photos is that they do actually capture our day. Just a normal, everyday sort of day. Not going out to a festival or event. Not doing something “special”, as such. Just doing normal stuff. Which actually makes them some of the most precious photos I’ve taken with my family.
I’m actually very pleased with the results of this challenge. Although I use my camera-phone All. The. Time. I don’t often stop and think, and take my time over getting a good photo. It was fun to do and it’s left me feeling quite inspired!!