And now I work with my iPhone. My iPhone 4 with its chipped case.
1 it's always there
2 it's no heavier than a phone - whoops, it is my phone, so it weighs nothing
3 it takes darn good shots close up
1 you can get delicious 8x10 prints from it - but can't get the ginormous prints that Wolfgang Tillmans can
2 shots of, say, a view from Hungerford Bridge, are not going to thrill you with their devastating depth of field
3 people might not take you seriously
As, ever, let me champion imperfection (see post 8/12/2014), as something not just to celebrate but to work with. Limitations are gifts to creativity. I have a friend whose camera phone is broken - he has been taking amazing transcendental shots through that cracked lens!
Some cool things I have discovered that can happen with iPhone:
● if you angle it you get some of the shot in focus and some not - can give a dreamy effect, or a thrusting effect (or it can look just wrong!)
● if you shoot in low light, the grain can add mystery to the shot
● get in tight and things look heroic
No matter what camera you are working with - learn to love its limitations, lean on them. If you watch Breaking Bad (the commentary on, I think, the final season), you can hear someone loving the way the DOP will allow for flares of light in a shot (it's Jesse holding the lighter, BB fans).
I am tempted to say that the approach I advocate might be described as 50% courage and 50% not caring. That sounds perhaps swaggering, perhaps stupid. Really I work from feeling. My cardinal rule - if something draws me, I shoot. It's either good or bad but there's often something to discover.
Today's photo shows the joy of working with the grain: