We’ve been getting some summer sun in Manchester. In October. Sometimes I think there’s little point taking pictures in Manchester, because without sunlight how do you light your subject? Light is paint and it makes all the difference to how your photographs turn out.
iPhones are notoriously bad at low light conditions, which is where apps like Tadaa and Photoshop Express come in handy. Suddenly I have a little darkroom and processing lab in my pocket and it makes me realise how photography is losing it’s elitism and becoming more accessible.
Professional photographers moan about how post-processing isn’t real photography, and apps like Instagram are cheating. Image manipulation is exactly what they do in their labs and on their Macs, which is painting with light. If I can do all that with one hand while I’m walking home (yes I walked into a lamppost but sometimes accidents can improve your results!) then I’m happy to cheat.