Séamus Smyth

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What do you shoot on?: Currently iPhone 7 Plus

When did you start smartphone photography?: iPhone 5s onwards - I don't think in years, but iPhone models 

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

What photography apps would you recommend?: Stock iPhone camera - seems the quickest and Apple jpeg , ProCam 4 - my goto camera - so versatile, great ergonomics (responsive developers ), Lightroom Mobile one to watch as improving very fast (Camera & editing), Photoshop Express - really good, Blackie (most exciting camera to use by far), Night Cap Pro - packed full of smarts (responsive developers ), SnapSeed - great to use, SKRWT (ingenious design with great developer ), TPE with Skyfire , Tides Planner, Instagrids superb design and super easy for putting a three tile pano into new IG Gallery Feature,

What editing software is the best value?: SnapSeed and Lightroom mobile - Photoshop CC for Photographersif editing on computer is your thing.

How has smartphone photography been received by the industry overall?: Good question! To be discussed. I try to think less about the device and more about the image / story.

What are the challenges with shooting with your phone?: Sensor size. Less latitude in post production. Notifications and WIFI network popups!

Name your favourite things about this kind of photography?: It's all just photography to me. I just like to try and make beautiful images and share them. You can travel lighter and always be ready for whenever an opportunity arises. The technology is more than 'good enough' for most use cases.

What has caused the biggest shift in mobile photography in the last few years?: Apple's Shot on iPhone campaign and Instagram

Where do you see smartphone photography going in the future?: It is likely photography and video may well blur to the point of being one. An outcome orientated approach of capturing a story whether still or moving will remove the distinction between the media. Augmented and Virtual Reality technologies will undoubtedly feature in these stories, so I don't see it as video taking over photography - the still image is incredibly powerful. I guess I believe the story is king, be that story factual or artistic. It is inevitable' the process of capturing the story will change through time.

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