Mobile phone photography manifesto (updated)


1. The camera phone is a real camera. It makes no difference what tool you use, the important part is what you fill the frame with.
2. Snapshots are not lazy. They are the unguarded moments of our mind’s eye before the cloak of self doubt and edit reel us in.
3. Everything is a worthy subject
4. Look up, a lot
5. If you miss a moment be patient it may just turn around and come back at you.
6. Let the moment come to you. Street photography doesn’t mean you always have to be moving.
7. Take pictures that inspire emotion
8. Make eye contact through the digital view finder
9. Disappear behind your phone. No one is going to see you unless you want them to.
10. Asking for permission to take a photo is manipulating the moment
11. Honor your subject, know when and when not to publish an image.
12. Avoid shooting the backs of heads, unless there’s a story written there.
13. Title all of your images, “untitled” as a title doesn’t count.
14. Photo apps and filters are fads. Choose and use them wisely.
15. Post images regularly
16. Edit. Don’t post everything
17. Print your images
18. The like button is a crime unless a meaningful dialogue is initiated.
19. Whether you like or dislike an image explain why.
18. Respond to all your comments. It proves you’re grounded, and promotes conversation.
19. Inspire a movement with your images.
20. The story is all we have, and everyone has one.
21. “iphoneography” is a fad. Mobile phone photography is an art.


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