Laurence Bouchard

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What do you shoot on?: Iphone 7 +
Olympus omd em5
Sony A7rii

When did you start smartphone photography?: About 3 & a half years ago.

Which social media platform do you prefer for sharing your work?: Mainly Instagram but I also like Flickr.

What photography apps would you recommend?: Snapseed.

What editing software is the best value?: Snapseed as it's a free app. It's also the first app I turn to to edit and is often the only app I use to edit.

How has smartphone photography been received by the industry overall?: I think the industry is starting to accept that the smartphone is a force to be reckoned with just like any professional camera. The quality is constantly improving and it's pretty much always accessible.

What are the challenges with shooting with your phone?: I'm based in Japan and one of the unfortunate challenges I face here is an inability to turn off the shutter sound. On the other hand, I've learnt to utilize this to achieve eye contact via the shutter sound.

Name your favourite things about this kind of photography?: The instantaneousness of smartphone photography has to be my favorite thing. Often with an SLR I'll miss a shot simply because it's still in my bag or the settings aren't right.

What has caused the biggest shift in mobile photography in the last few years?: I think it's the quality. I think it's pretty clear from the last couple of iPhone models (6 & 7) that the quality is really good.

Where do you see smartphone photography going in the future?: I see it getting stronger and stronger. I'd like to see a wider lens though. I know there are a lot of companies offering wide angle attachments but it would be great if they could make the in-built lens wider.

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