Meet Mike James from Geelong in Australia, is a late adopter to Smart phone photography after using the DSLR for twenty years
His transition from DSLR to Smartphone photography was due to a sad phage of his life : Loosing his mother. He says “My mother passed away over two years ago. After her passing, I was devastated to find so very few photos of her. The two main reasons for this were; I had a great DSLR for work, which I mostly used on special occasions and mum was quite ill for a number of years. Hence, she had a camera phobia and was reluctant to have her photo taken. I respected mum’s wishes and never pushed. I have a few photos of absolutely precious moments of mum with my children, who she absolutely adored.
Photos of moments in time are a gift – not only for yourself, but especially for your loved ones. I rue the fact that I did not explain, that photography would allow us to relive our precious family moments and experiences long after her time. Mum lived for her family, and always put everyone else first. If we had that discussion, mum may have allowed us to capture more photos. She would have been uncomfortable at first. However, even uncomfortable, awkward moments can be great captures.”
However after challenging himself to take advantage of the convenience of the phone camera as it allowed him to return to basic photography principles. He has now become a mobile photography purist, capturing and editing all my photos on my phone and tablet.
The simplicity and convenience of the phone, allows Mike to concentrate on the basic, yet imperative photography principles – strong subject, strong composition, lighting and story-telling.
Mike has become such an advocate for mobile photography, he founded Better Mobile Photos. He now provides in-person workshops and online tutorials to empower aspiring mobile photographers to become more photography literate – on their phone!’
His mission at Better Mobile Photos is to deliver jargon-free training, empowering others to create awesome phone photos – of loved ones, special moments, experiences and see the beauty in their everyday.
Team Popckorn wishes Mike a very good and successful career in mobile photography.