Archive for February 22, 2012

the lemon project

About a week ago, I decided to try out the Instagram app on my iPhone and iPad. I wasn’t sure how I was going to use it, but after looking at the featured photographers, I got inspired.

Everyone talks about how great the iPhone camera is, but I’ll admit it challenges me. I am incapable of just taking a snapshot without thinking too much about light, detail, blur, depth of field, and so on. And I always found my phone to be so slow that I’d miss what I was wanting to photograph. But, since I upgraded my very old iPhone for a new shiny one during Christmas, it’s not as painful to take pictures with it. I have no excuses anymore.

Here begins my journey with Instagrams. Three simple rules I will abide to…

  • iPhone or iPad only, no importing images from the big cameras that give me more control
  • only apps that are on either device (currently I am liking Snapseed and the Instagram options)
  • any subject matter will be fair game, but I am going to focus on one thing for a month

The Lemon Project was launched this morning. It started merely because I needed to make some preserved lemons and the light in the kitchen was great. A few things I found challenging was the depth of field if I was further away from my subject. Close-ups seems fine. I was impressed at how close I could get to my subject without losing focus capability. Getting the right angle was tricky, but easier in some cases too.

If you play around with Instagrams and want to join the fun, just tag your images with #lemonproject. The challenge: stay in the kitchen and see what you can do creatively with the things you see and use everyday.