Weekly Mobile Photography Theme #Holidays

Peoples Choice #Holidays

Last weeks mobile photography theme was #Holidays. We received photos ranging from some lovely landscapes to photos of children having fun on holidays.

Each week the Better Mobile Photos Community Facebook group hosts a weekly photography theme inviting members to share mobile phone photos, techniques, tips, favourite apps and editing techniques. It is a fun, supportive and social community, specifically for Android and iPhone photographers of all levels.

The winners (#PeoplesChoice) are determined by the number of likes and comments received from the group. Below, you will see last weeks winning entries together with some other amazing contributions.

Click/tap on the photos to be directed to the corresponding Instagram accounts.

Peoples's Choice Image by - Daniel Smith

This is just a stunning image. According to colour psychology, purple/pink represents imagination. This photo really evokes my imagination.

The obvious story is two people at an airport... This is communicated by the main subject (two people) and the supporting elements included in the image (airport terminal).

However, there is so much more to this photo. Daniel has captured this photo in a way that allows us an insight into a deeper story – why are they there, who are they, where have they been or going. Typical of a story, we want to know the where, who, what, when, how and why.

This is what I love about a great photograph and art in general. It is up to us the viewer to interpret our own explanation and narrative to the story. It can be very subjective – as we use our own experiences, values and judgement to determine the story.

As I do with a lot of Daniel’s photos that he generously shares with us – I found myself looking beyond the obvious scene and interpret my own story.

Firstly, the colours and lighting are also visually exquisite.

I love the position of the two people in the bottom left corner of the scene. Normally, I like photos where people are walking toward the centre of the scene to tell us what they are heading toward. In this case, Daniel is showing us that they have been at a terminal where the plane is docked to the bridge.

The posture of the leading person is more upright, jacket off and ready to take on the new destination. The person to the right, has their jacket remaining on and the angle of the bag handle suggests they are dragging their bag because they are tired from the travel.

I could go on and on, however keep studying the photo and see if you can come up with more to the story.


You may be wondering, how do I create a photo like this?

It comes down to understanding the principles of photography – what creates an aesthetically pleasing photo, how we ‘read’ and image and how to visually communicate a story.

People's Choice Image by - Benny Geeson

Wow – this is another stunning image. Again, the purple/pink tone. This time, combined with the flat water creates a really relaxing and calming mood. Personally, this is my type of photo. I just love images like this that just have a calming effect.

The horizon is slightly off-centre and straight! The remnants of the pier lead from the bottom of the frame up and fall just short of the horizon. Can you imagine how different this image would have been if it stopped on the horizon? It would have dissected the photo and the two triangle shapes of water either side would have been more prominent. This has worked really well and has the bonus of a bird perched at the end of those leading lines directing our eye to the middle.

Benny may have been tempted to remove the trees on the left of the horizon to clean the image – however, these help to pull our attention out of the middle of the image, before following those strong lines back to the middle again.

Other highlights from last week:

Image by - Shannen Lymer
Image by - Marcia Clark
Image by - Marcia Clark
Image by - Tracy Geeson
Image by - Mike James
Image by - Jane Burns
Image by - Jane Burns

Join our Facebook Community here and get involved. We would love to see your phone photos and help you become more confident capturing your special moments, experiences and communicate your story.

Remember: Be passionate. Be creative. Keep learning.

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