My latest curiosity is the process of viewing images as a photographer. I remember the huge viewfinders some 30 years ago and don’t really enjoy the small view one works with today on so many digital SLRs. So I decided I want to take digital imagery to its not logical conculsion (for me) and to see what I could create using just an iPad. Mine is a fairly ‘old’ iPad 2 so not a fantastic resolution but the intention wasn’t to produce publishable images. Rather it was to see how much fun it was to frame with such a large ‘frame’ to play with.
As has been my habit for years I looked for a living space rather than a studio and on this occasion that meant a Travelodge (Euston) and I used only the availability light. Shooting in the evening the only light was artificial but the room had 9 artificial light sources so lots to work with. Decor is always a bit limiting but I loved the 1970s scooped chair and the strip lighting along the headboard looked interesting. Likewise I was intrigued by the double mirrors in the corner, allowing multiple people to be captured in the frame.
The model was a charming and intelligent gamine called Hannah (ModelMayhem Profile) who was a lot of fun and willing to contribute her ideas. She was accompanied by her boyfriend Mike who was equally easy to work with and joined in as a ‘human prop’. Together they made it one of the most enjoyable sessions I’ve ever had. Hannah had only brought four changes of clothing and no underwear options but we managed a great variation over the three hour shoot. I gather her favourite is the one lying on newsprint, provisionally entitled ‘Fleet Street’? I can’t pick a favourite.
The advantage of shooting on the iPad was the immediate review so we sat down and looked at everything. I was a little disappointed initially at just how the poor light (technically not aesthetically) meant the lack of resolution made itself apparent. But having spent a few days doing post-production using Camera+, a free app, I was seriously impressed with the outcome.