Here at AudioVision, we'll regularly highlight the most interesting and artful people to follow in the world of social photography.
I'm not saying we're at the top of the heap. We aren't. Social photography is nothing less than a creative revolution. In the past few years alone, there's been an explosion of amazing and thought-provoking photography.
The world of image-making is changing every few months with the release of a new app for distribution or a higher-end camera stuffed in to a smaller package. (Google Glass, anyone? My jury's still out on that.)
This medium and these tools are not going away any time soon.
Like a lot of my friends, I'm fairly addicted to mobile photography. My Instagram account is one of the first things I check in the morning and the last things I look at before I pass out for the night.
I love how social photography transports me to new places and shows me new things. It gives me a peek in to the lives of interesting people. It exposes me to new creative ways to make images.
I like to follow feeds that transport me into different people's lives, from the prime minister of Russia to the work of anonymous street photographers in Iran. I follow people all over Los Angeles to get an idea of the crazy diversity in this city we cover here at KPCC.
I started off like a lot of Instagrammers, taking photos of inanimate objects, funny signs or my food. I soon found myself turning to mobile photography more for photojournalism.
It's a powerful tool for capturing candid moments, because it's not as imposing as a big professional camera.
It's not perfect out of the box though. I've gone through a whole series of apps and workflows to make images over the couple of years I've been playing this game.
Here at AudioVision, we'll tell you what we've learned in a regular series of posts. We'll talk to some of the best about how they do what they do.
Right now, I turn to Camera+ for almost all my photos. It's camped right there in my dock. I went through a phase where I really loved using an app called Decim8 to mash up my photographs. That faded, but I think I feel the urge coming back.
I do a lot of my basic editing in an app called Afterlight. If you've never used it, you should try it out. It's easy to use and subtle in its adjustments.
When I need to do heavy lifting on the editing front, I take my photos in to FilterStorm.
I'm biased toward more photojournalistic feeds on Instagram. If a photographer becomes to solipsistic, I won't follow along for long.
I try to use my mobile phone for extra shots from my assignments with KPCC and to record spontaneous moments. If I'm posting something during the week, it's usually something I snapped on the sidelines of a story you'll hear on KPCC.
I try to keep it all mobile, but every once in a while I admit to sneaking in a photo from my bigger cameras or a roll of film.
Here at AudioVision, we believe there's a lot to say about this new world of photography. We hope you'll check back often at our site for a steady stream of people to follow that will transport you to new places here in Los Angeles and around the world.