Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Viva Lucha Libre!
How Douglas Sonders used an iPad to build trust and photograph the colorful cast of characters of the Mexican wrestling community
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Sonders admits that he enjoyed the iPad session more than a standard photo shoot because he was able to simplify the process. There was no need to change lenses, no missed moments, no concerns for the specific control of lighting—all of which are considerations he normally makes on a commercial photo shoot.
"I like the whole aspect of focusing on the framing and the environment and detaching yourself from the constraints of choosing lenses and equipment and just going back to the simplicity of photography," says Sonders. "I continue to shoot a lot of mobile photography because I think it refines my vision as a commercial shooter with my bigger equipment by pulling back and thinking about the frame and emotion."
As a professional photographer, there are elements of his process that don't change. Sonders instinctively knew the images that he wanted to adjust as he shot them. The benefit of using a mobile device is that he didn't have to wait to create the images he saw in his mind.
While Sonders isn't certain if mobile photography is yet at the point where it can easily move into the commercial realm, he's confident it's on the horizon. But whether or not you intend to use your mobile device for professional jobs, it's important to note that you have options for control and precision on the go. Just because mobile device photography is still in its infancy, the more that the industry supports mobile app and device photography, the better images you'll be able to make.
Sonders believes that going back to the basics will make you a better photographer, no matter your final goal. Your equipment shouldn't determine how good of a photographer you are, and tablets or smartphones aren't replacing a DSLR and lenses just yet. What this project showed, however, was that in the hands of a visual communicator with a vision, the best camera is definitely the one you have with you.
As Sonders explains, "For those who think they need to get the most fancy and the most expensive, while that might be nice to have, if you maintain a creative vision and problem-solving, and you really think about your shots, sometimes all you need is a mobile device and the right onboard software, and you can get some really amazing photos."
You can see more of Douglas Sonders' work at www.sondersphotography.com.
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