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What do you shoot on?: iPhone 7 plus

When did you start smartphone photography?: 2013

Which social media platform do you prefer for sharing your work?: Instagram

What photography apps would you recommend?: I love to use Lightroom Mobile. I also like to use Camera + so that I can control which lens my iPhone shoots from. To process the photos I also use Lightroom Mobile as well as VSCO cam, and Snapseed. To get long exposure shots I like to use Slow Shutter Cam.

What editing software is the best value?: I say Lightroom Mobile. Especially with it's latest release. I believe it is free and it can do so much. Snapseed is also great.

How has smartphone photography been received by the industry overall?: Smartphone photography has really been well received and because of it's portability and always being at hand, it is the most useful tool to have. The photos that smartphones can take now are great quality and many times it's difficult to tell a photo was taken by a smartphone.

What are the challenges with shooting with your phone?: The biggest challenge is when there is a high dynamic range or extremely low lighting. And since there is no zoom, sometimes when a subject is far, you have to do the walking. ;)

Name your favourite things about this kind of photography?: I love that you can do everything on the phone! It is immediate and you can have your photo up to show the world in a matter of minutes. Because the phone is always with me I am able to capture moments I wouldn't have been able to otherwise. And people are less intimidated with the phone so when I take portraits, people don't freeze up like they do when I use a big camera.

What has caused the biggest shift in mobile photography in the last few years?: The quality of the photos. Especially in the last couple of years, the quality of the photos has gone up drastically. The apps available for processing the photos on the phone have also become quite sophisticated. Together these make for really great photography that it is not about the technology anymore, it is about the skill of the photographer.

Where do you see smartphone photography going in the future?: I see it continuing to be a larger part of my work. I know the technology is going to improve a lot more. I think I will find myself leaving the big cameras at home a lot more.

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