Samuel Okocha

What do you shoot on?: iPhone 6 Plus

When did you start smartphone photography?: I started in 2012. But relaunched in 2015 with my iPhone.

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

What photography apps would you recommend?: VSCO and Snapseed

What editing software is the best value?: Snapseed

How has smartphone photography been received by the industry overall?: Smartphone photography has been fairly well received by the industry because of the increasing dominance of mobile devices as the preferred hardware for consuming content online. People have sent me messages asking what I use to shoot the photos they see on my Instagram feed. I tell them I use my iPhone and they go 'wow'. So people are beginning to see smartphone photography in the same way they view images shot on pure professional cameras.

What are the challenges with shooting with your phone?: The challenges come in some people's perception of smartphone photographers at some events such as press conferences. Depending on the event, those with big camera set up sometimes are seen as professionals and given more attention than those with smartphones. This means a smartphone photographer may be denied access at those type events.

Shooting with the phone limits the ability to capture close up shots from afar. You have to walk and get close to the subject to get a certain quality of image. Except there's an attached external device that allows the photographer to zoom, distance could be a major problem when shooting with the phone.

Name your favourite things about this kind of photography?: Street and documentary photography: That's one of my favorite things about smartphone photography. My smartphone allows me to take the most candid photos of people and subjects on the streets. It's lightweight and really non intrusive. 

Creativity and invisibility: Smartphone photography allows my creativity to flow. I can take pictures from interesting angles. I can get really close to the subject on the street and use my smartphone without anyone knowing. I am almost invisible.

Handy camera: I can also make pictures anytime and anywhere because the smartphone is a camera in my pocket. I have taking out my phone and make some quick photos while in a moving vehicle. The possibilities are limitless.

All in one: I enjoy the fact that I can shoot, edit and publish within a single device. That's something about smartphone photography that's really good to know. It's capturing and sharing moments on the fly.

What has caused the biggest shift in mobile photography in the last few years?: I think the biggest shift in mobile photography comes from the increasing possibilities of the smartphones. Cameras have improved, editing mobile software have made it possible to add finishing touches to images and platforms like Instagram have create a huge audience. All on the smartphone.

Where do you see smartphone photography going in the future?: I see smartphone photography becoming really big in photojournalism, documentary and the arts. I see creative works of non fiction and fine arts coming out through smartphone photography. I think some of these are happening already. But I see bigger stuffs happening on a much larger scale moving forward.

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