I was asked a couple of times over the last few weeks about where I process my iPhone images, so I thought I’d clarify.
I capture my iPhone photos on the phone, using a camera replacement app, such as ProCamera at the moment. I then use about 3 other apps on my phone to process the images into black and white or refine the image to achieve the aesthetic look I desire. I do not post-process on my iMac. I use EyeEm, Instagram, or FlickItPro to send to upload to each respective network/community.
About once a week, I manually synch my handheld with my iMac, to ensure all the images are backed up to my hard-drives and to my back up of a backup on CrashPlan.
It’s the thing about mobile photography or arts–the art-making happens, mostly, in the hands and on the handhelds. Some people like to capture, process, and share all “in the field,” or on the go–going through the entire process in about 5 minutes. I’m not one of those folks–I capture and much later process on my phone.
I spend about 5 minutes post-processing my images, one at a time. I admire people who are good at and enjoy post-processing, but I’m not one who does. My engagement with photography is largely something that is focused on observing the scene and capturing it–in the field.
Lastly, I process on the phone because the apps are pretty darn good, easy to use, and generate awesome outcomes. Could computer-based processing speed things up, offer more features, etc.? Yes, sure, if that’s what someone wants. Me? I resonate with mobile photography because of the simple factor–see, shoot, process, share–and do it again.