Shooting Without a Viewfinder

My camera was at the repair shop for much of this week, which gave me a great excuse to shoot more pictures with my iPad.

The perfect rose, shot in a garden in Northcliff. Once you get used to using it, the iPad is great for still-life/macro shots. Just find the perfect angle, hold your hand steady, and wait for it to focus.

Even though shooting photos with an iPad does not look very cool, I really, really enjoy it. An iPad might be clunky when compared with an iPhone, but it’s a heck of a lot easier to cart around than a Canon 60D. Using it to take pictures makes me approach photography in a different way. There’s no zooming, no wide angles, no aperture or shutter speed adjustment, no cropping, no dodging and burning. Best of all, there’s no card-reader. iPad photography is all about taking advantage of composition and light, which is what I love best about taking pictures. (The Instagram filters help too.)

Here are some of my favorite shots from the week, taken at the Lucky 5 Star and around Melville.

Cat on a parquet floor.

Yellow truck, yellow flowers. Seventh Avenue, Melville.

Sharp cat, blurred garden.

Black Coffee, in Melville’s Bamboo Shopping Centre. Possibly the most beautiful shop in Joburg.

Grilled veggie, pesto, and haloumi sandwich from the Service Station, also in the Bamboo Shopping Centre.

Jewelry for sale from a vendor on 7th Street, Melville.

One of my favorite shots ever of the Melville Cat. As Mia from Roets Uprooted commented recently, “Cats make such great Instagrams.” Especially this cat.

I’m not giving up my Canon just yet. But after two years of gluing my left eye to a DSLR viewfinder, it’s fun to get back to basics.

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  • Reply Jeroen October 12, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Nice. Basics are good. And: at this very moment here in chilly Berlin I’m wearing a T-shirt bought at Bamboo.

    • Reply 2summers October 12, 2012 at 1:50 pm

      Those shirts are expensive but so worth it.

  • Reply Debra Kolkka October 13, 2012 at 8:27 am

    I haven’t used my IPad to take photos……I’ll give it a try.

    • Reply 2summers October 14, 2012 at 10:01 am

      Do it! It’s fun little experiment.

  • Reply Tenney October 13, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Nice shots. Haven’t used an IPad to take photos yet; but it’s hard to beat the convenience of having a good camera the size of a cell phone. Love shooting instagram with my Droid; but still waiting for the ability to shoot action and a viewfinder that you can use in the bright sun.

    • Reply 2summers October 14, 2012 at 10:01 am

      Yeah, the bright sun thing is a problem, especially with the iPad.

  • Reply oncewild October 15, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    I adore the second photo of the cat on the parquet floor, really really lovely composition 🙂

    • Reply 2summers October 15, 2012 at 2:14 pm

      Thanks very much! I was pleased with that shot too.

  • Reply claire October 15, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    love the rose, the sandwich and the yellow truck shots. Classic.
    Miss you!xxxx

    • Reply 2summers October 16, 2012 at 7:11 am

      Thanks, I miss you too 🙁

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