Uncategorized

It’s not about the equipment | +jo

23 Jan ’12
iPhoneography | iPhone 3Gs | Jo Arellanes | Life | Atlanta Photographer | LeahAndMark.com | Limited Equipment

{photos and text by +jo}

iPhoneography | iPhone 3Gs | Jo Arellanes | Life | Atlanta Photographer | LeahAndMark.com | Limited Equipment

iPhoneography.

That’s what really got me to take my self a little more serious about photography. There are a lot of opinions out there about iPhoneography and what it’s applications mean to a lot of different industries. I didn’t have a clue one year ago.

iPhoneography | iPhone 3Gs | Jo Arellanes | Life | Atlanta Photographer | LeahAndMark.com | Limited EquipmentiPhoneography | iPhone 3Gs | Jo Arellanes | Life | Atlanta Photographer | LeahAndMark.com | Limited Equipment

I’ve written about what the internship is and what it did for me. Something that I don’t think I’ve fully put out there is that I truly haven’t been at this photography thing very long. Less than a year. I realize this could be seen in a negative manner – but I see it at just the opposite. I’ve shot off like a rocket and there’s no stopping me.  I’ve blasted through the atmosphere and am racing towards the stars.

iPhoneography | iPhone 3Gs | Jo Arellanes | Life | Atlanta Photographer | LeahAndMark.com | Limited Equipment

 

iPhoneography | iPhone 3Gs | Jo Arellanes | Life | Atlanta Photographer | LeahAndMark.com | Limited Equipment

 

But that’s a tangent for another day.

Today it is about iPhoneography and that equipment does not make a photo. The person behind it does. It’s a common thing to get hung up on – the best equipment – I know I am.  It’s a hard beast to conquer. Right now I am catatonically dreaming about the new Nikon D4 knowing it is just that – a dream. I do need another camera, that is true, but I also completely and utterly pushed the boundaries of the camera I have. And even when I get my “big girl camera” I will still be shooting with my Nikon D40x. It’s not even produced anymore.

iPhoneography | iPhone 3Gs | Jo Arellanes | Life | Atlanta Photographer | LeahAndMark.com | Limited Equipment

iPhoneography | iPhone 3Gs | Jo Arellanes | Life | Atlanta Photographer | LeahAndMark.com | Limited Equipment

I’ll never stoping using her. I’ve had her for years, tucked away in a simple camera bag only to be pulled out every now and then for documentation or producing my own stock photos for designs in college. I never really thought more of it. Then I found a personal assistant job this time last year to another photographer here in Atlanta. That was a crazy few months and I quickly had to buy a better phone to keep up with everything in her schedule. And then I found Instagram.  The simplest little camera in my iPhone 3Gs {yeah, not even the big dog in that area, either} really made me view photography differently. For what ever reason, I found the limited quality and capability very freeing. I simply concentrated on composition and the basic elements and principles of art. I dug more and more into the editing aspects and worked with producing completed photographs all in camera/phone.

iPhoneography | iPhone 3Gs | Jo Arellanes | Life | Atlanta Photographer | LeahAndMark.com | Limited Equipment

iPhoneography | iPhone 3Gs | Jo Arellanes | Life | Atlanta Photographer | LeahAndMark.com | Limited Equipment

I shot anything that caught my eye. I started to see the world around me differently. It was a nice distraction when I had to travel or waiting for a meeting to end. Something in the little squares made me think twice about the little D40x shoved away in some corner barely seeing the light of day.

iPhoneography | iPhone 3Gs | Jo Arellanes | Life | Atlanta Photographer | LeahAndMark.com | Limited Equipment

iPhoneography | iPhone 3Gs | Jo Arellanes | Life | Atlanta Photographer | LeahAndMark.com | Limited Equipment

I eventually applied to a photography competition with my iPhonography to be apart of a gallery show in New York City. And I made it in. How funny is that? It wasn’t with the top of the line camera, with the top of the line lights, with a killer location, with experienced models, with tons of assistants. It was simply me and my little 3Gs taking pictures where ever I happen to be.

It wasn’t the equipment.

 

iPhoneography | iPhone 3Gs | Jo Arellanes | Life | Atlanta Photographer | LeahAndMark.com | Limited Equipment

iPhoneography | iPhone 3Gs | Jo Arellanes | Life | Atlanta Photographer | LeahAndMark.com | Limited Equipment

Around here at LeahAndMark.com we get things done. Creatively. On a budget.  You don’t have to have $15,000 worth of equipment to get the “perfect shot” because the viewer will not see all of the stuff beyond the edge of the image. All of the trimmings and accessories don’t matter as long as the end result is killer and knocks the socks off the client.

iPhoneography | iPhone 3Gs | Jo Arellanes | Life | Atlanta Photographer | LeahAndMark.com | Limited Equipment

iPhoneography | iPhone 3Gs | Jo Arellanes | Life | Atlanta Photographer | LeahAndMark.com | Limited Equipment

Don’t get me wrong – I know many of these photos are not the best. They are where I started. If you search far enough back in this blog you can find the posts where Mark started his journey. You can see where he made his mistakes and figured them out. You can see where his evolution began. I wanted to share mine because I want to be completely open with you.

iPhoneography | iPhone 3Gs | Jo Arellanes | Life | Atlanta Photographer | LeahAndMark.com | Limited Equipment

iPhoneography | iPhone 3Gs | Jo Arellanes | Life | Atlanta Photographer | LeahAndMark.com | Limited Equipment

I’m on a new edge – another booster strapped to my rocket ship – and I’m about to take off again. I don’t want the journey to be a mystery.
Will you come along with me?

~*~

You Might Also Like

3 Comments

  • Reply Krista Iacono Turner 24 Jan ’12 at 4:11 am

    I get hung up on my equipment (or lack thereof) a LOT. Thanks for this. 🙂

  • Reply Hannah Goldberg 27 Jan ’12 at 12:39 am

    what competition were you featured in?

  • Reply Jo Arellanes 27 Jan ’12 at 3:09 pm

    Artsicle and Rockethub teamed up to provide a small group of photographers the chance to have their work shown in a Chelsea Manhattan gallery. 🙂

  • Leave a Reply