Today I went to collect my developed film from TripleD Lab in Bugis after work. I didn’t bring my camera because I didn’t feel like it. There were times I have camera in my bag, went out but didn’t use it because I wasn’t in the mood. Today I feel like this.
Kind of regret.
After collected my film, I walked to the MRT Station. Along the way I saw many scenes and suddenly I was in the mood. So I grabbed my iPhone from my pocket and just pretended to record video. As iPhone has a wide focal length, I had to get close to my subjects.
Pretend to record video
Pretending to shoot video is really a good way. People always ignore you. Well, I haven’t met any asshole that mind so much being on video. Furthermore, when you raise your camera to your eyes, people will try to shift away. With the perception that you are video-ing, they don’t care. I also put my iPhone on area slight above my belly button. So people really don’t notice me. I’m just another passerby.
With iPhone, I just need to focus on framing my shot.
Light, convenient, always with you
I find it a breeze shooting with iPhone. It is small (more compact than compact camera), light and always with you. You don’t need to think of settings, the image quality is good (on social medias and view on phones), it makes you invisible as a street photographer. Recently, I have also relied a lot on iPhone for my YouTube videos. The image quality wasn’t inferior to the Olympus EPL-7. So, iPhone or any smart phone is generally good camera for travel, video, photography and a device to keep you connected.
With that however, I must say I still enjoy shooting with film cameras. iPhone will just be a tool if I never bring my camera, film ran out, spoil whatever.