David Ingraham

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Website: davidingraham.com

What do you shoot on?: iPhone 6s

When did you start smartphone photography?: I got my first iPhone in late 2010, but the all-consuming obsession with mobile photography didn't fully kick in until later the following year.

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

What photography apps would you recommend?: For shooting: Hipstamatic, ProCamera, and Blackie. For Processing: Snapseed.

What editing software is the best value?: Snapseed. It's free!

How has smartphone photography been received by the industry overall?: Quite well, I think. Ultimately, it really just comes down to the work. If the work is strong, then the camera used is relatively inconsequential.

What are the challenges with shooting with your phone?: Besides certain technological shortcomings, like the phone's limited ability to handle low-light situations, and maybe file size, I don't think there are a lot of challenges. Quite the contrary, I find shooting with my phone to be quite liberating.

Name your favourite things about this kind of photography?: It's an all-in-one package: I can shoot, process, and post all from the palm of my hand, with a tool that fits in my pocket, so it's streamlined the whole creative process for me. Also, being mainly a street photographer, the smartphone has allowed me a level of inconspicuousness that I was unable to achieve with a larger camera. Everyone has a smartphone these days, so I'm able to just blend into the crowd and capture images while going relatively unnoticed.

What has caused the biggest shift in mobile photography in the last few years?: Possibly it's acceptance in the photojournalism world. Some well-known photojournalists use the iPhone regularly for assignments in the field. I think that's been a real game changer.

Where do you see smartphone photography going in the future?: Obviously the technology will continue to improve, but beyond that, I think one day soon it may become a non-category. I other words, no one talks about "DSLR photography"; it's just photography. Echoing what I said earlier, I think it's quickly reaching the point where shooting with a smartphone is just becoming the norm, which hopefully will cause people to stop thinking about gear --this camera vs. that camera-- and focus more on the actual photographs.

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