As a designer, I’ve always been fascinated by the creative freedom technology gives us. Photography, like Graphic Design, is one of those professions which technology has completely transformed. I remember 18+ years ago spending time in the darkroom and being completely engrossed in the act of processing film. I found it to be one of the most intriguing things about photography and it played a massive part in my initial fascination.
Fast forward to 2018, and things are a little different. Thanks to smartphones we can do an insane amount of work and play on the go, wherever we are. This, I discovered a year or so ago includes photography and post-processing. Thanks to many modern cameras now being equipped with wifi or Bluetooth enabling you to send photos directly from the camera to phone. And once you’ve got the photos on your phone, you can process them using one of the many apps now available.
Patience is not one of my strong points. Often when I’m out shooting, I often find myself impatient to get home and process some of the more interesting photos I've taken. Something I love to do when I’m out shooting is to do a little processing on the fly. Often when I’m taking a quick break or on the train home, I’ll send a few select photos to my phone and have a play with them to get an idea of how successful my day has been.
To do this, I use a Fujifilm camera combined with the Fujifilm remote app, which connects to the camera using wifi or Bluetooth. The app has a number of functions, ranging from the incredibly useful remote control option to the ability to browse the photos on the SD card and transfer them onto to my phone.
Once I’ve got the photos on my phone, there are plenty of apps which are great for processing. I have two favourites. VSCOcam and Adobe Lightroom Mobile. Lightroom mobile is incredible because it uses the same RAW converter as the desktop version via the cloud. I can be out and about and still have the same processing power that I have at home. The results are fantastic, and it’s a great way to kill time on a train journey.
VSCOcam is an app I’ve been using for a few years now, and it’s come on leaps and bounds since it launched. There are some great presets, which VSCO is best known for, along with the familiar tools for processing your photos. All this combines with a social media function to post photos and follow other photographers, etc.
So next time you're out and about snapping away, why not grab a cheeky drink and do a little post-processing on the fly.