“If used judiciously, genuinely beautiful and meaningful moments can be
captured on the streets with an iPhone that would otherwise be lost in front
of the lens of an imposing DSLR camera or similar,” he says. “An
iPhone’s focal length forces the photographer to get in close and minutely
observe and be a part of the scene that he or she is hoping to depict and
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The intimacy and immediacy of being able to capture photos quickly on a phone
is something Ms Pitts also values.
“Like most photographers, I’m always framing up shots in my head whenever
I’m out and about,” she says. “The heaviness of my pro kit though
means I don’t always carry the gear with me everywhere I go.
“But my iPhone is always on me, so it’s what I tend to shoot with on a
day to day basis, when I’m out and about and living life. It’s a nice way to
be able to document the places I go and the things I see, and it’s
Photographer Adrienne Pitts lives and works in London
Ms Pitts tends to shoot pictures during the natural course of her day before
sitting down to look through them at the end of the day. A self-confessed
geek, she has an album of images waiting to be retouched and edited at any
one time, before the best are posted to her Instagram.
Apps including VSCO cam, Snapseed and SKRWT are regularly used during her
editing process, though she still believes the greatest photographs are
taken with the aid of something a bit more natural.
“Light. Light is everything,” she says. “Picking your time of
day to shoot in, or playing with the light you have is a great way to make
sure you are creating compelling images. If you’re out in the harsh midday
sun, play with those shadows. And if you want that soft golden glow, the
golden hour before sunset is going to be your friend.
“Like most photographers, golden hour is definitely my favourite. That
gentle glowing light just before sunset is flattering for portraits, makes
landscapes glow, and is just a generally beautiful time to be out in the