Featured Mobile Photographer – Ross Park

Ross Park shares his favourite apps to create his unique and instantly recognisable style

IPhone 6s Apps: Camera+ SimplyHDR SimplyB&W

Ross has achieved something that many of us amateur photographers aspire to do. He has found his style.

When Ross shares his photos on Instagram or in our Facebook community - they stand out! Not only do they have visual impact; we all instantly recognise the mobile photographer.

I am really excited that Ross has been willing to share with us his story, go-to apps and a few of his favourite images.

What is your story - why and how did you get into mobile photography? 

From the age of 11, I started my interest in photography with a Minolta film Camera, then I moved to a Pentax P30.  There was always something special about using your 36 exposure film wisely and waiting for the results!  Then life got in the way for a while so photography took a back seat.  I came back into digital photography with a 3.2mb Fujifilm Camera.  Then I upgraded to a Nikon D40 then D90 and then a Panasonic G3, however having a young family meant stopping to take a camera out of the bag was becoming cumbersome.  So I moved on to using an iPhone 5, this was my first move into mobile photography. 

 

What is your mobile device and top five apps?  

I currently use an iPhone 6S and for me my top 5 apps would be Camera+, Hipstamatic, SimplyB&W, Simply HDR and Instragram.

 

How would you describe your style and how did you discover it?

I am still working on style but I would describe it as "life moment capture", I suppose I discovered it by accident.  It started by me snapping a picture and then editing it into Black and White, I liked the edge it gave the photo and my style was born!
What is something you’re still learning?

The learning never stops, but right now I am trying get to grips with the SlowShutter Cam app and to continue working on my editing skills.  I recently downloaded the Priime and Filmeborn apps and I am looking forward to playing with those.

IPhone 6S Apps: Camera+ SimplyHDR SimplyB&W
IPhone 6s Apps: Camera+ Simply HDR SimplyB&W

To see some more fantastic black and white images - check out images shared by our community during the black and white photo theme

What’s the best part of being a mobile photographer?

The best part for me is always having my phone with me and with a flick of my thumb having a camera available. 

 

How do you find and decide your subjects and stories to photograph?

I do this by always looking around, always hoping for a moment.  Most times a moment has always presented itself, sometimes I do go on the hunt for one.


What are your top three tips for creating your photos, rather than capturing a happy snap?

My top tips are - find your moment, imagine how the photo will look edited to your style, take it!

 

Do you have a typical capturing and editing process?

I like to keep my workflow simple, shoot in Camera+ then edit in Simply HDR finally convert to black and white in SimplyB&W.

 

What advice do you have for those just discovering their passion for mobile photography?

Go out have fun, enjoy taking photos and editing. Never be afraid to try something new with your camera. Be confident, everyone has a smartphone, no one will notice you snapping away.

 

IPhone 6S Apps: SlowShutter Cam Simply HDR SimplyB&W
IPhone 6S Apps: Camera+ SimplyHDR SimplyB&W

Check out more stunning mobile photography by Ross on Instagram @BristolRoss

2 Comments

  1. Louise Brown on January 28, 2017 at 08:42

    I really enjoyed this I have written down the apps you use will give them a try but my pics will be no where near as great as yours I love photography but I suck it is just hit or miss with me but at least I have fun and enjoy looking at others master pieces thanks again for this wonderful share



  2. Mike on January 28, 2017 at 15:48

    That is part of the fun – experimenting. There is no right and wrong when it comes to photo editing. You are doing the right thing though by looking at others and identifying what you like. Black and white is a great starting point and a little more forgiving. The viewer can instantly recognise when the colours are off. I love black and white, because it taught me to understand the importance of light and more importantly how shadows add dimension to a photo. Be confident Louise and have a play with the Simply HDR and Simply B&W apps. I look forward to seeing your results in our community.



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