Grand Rapids, MI photographer Tyler Steimle moves his content from social media-focused posts to his blog and simplifies his personal shooting by working with the iPhone XS and Filmborn app by Mastin Labs.
Hi. Hello. Greetings. If you're a photographer or artist of some kind you probably have a bunch of social media accounts, including a Facebook Page. Well, I'm with you. Yet now, I'm not.
Listen, Facebook and every other social media platform at the end of the day are businesses just like everything else. This is capitalism. This is America. This is the world in the 21st century. And for me, I don't handle well handing over control of my content or my business. What I mean is, I prefer not to be subject to the whims of the algorithms. I prefer not to censor nipples or whatever, or have posts flagged and taken down because they offend someone or some guideline. I prefer to interface directly with those who would enjoy my content as much as possible.
I am now focusing on owning my own content by making this blog and my website the primary location to follow my photographic work.
Facebook is dead to me.
I have a great network of friends and followers on my personal account and I will keep that active, but I will no longer maintain a "business page" of any kind there, nor will I give them any of my professional content. Same goes for most other social media platforms.
I LOVE me some Instagram, and I will continue to post on there and be part of the community, but all of my new images and best content can and will be found here from now on. Furthermore, I believe more of us should do this. Quality content creators should be earning the money from and controlling their content, not social media platforms. Initially social media seemed like a revolution, and in many ways it was and is. However, the time has long passed now where the benefits outweigh the pitfalls, and there are many, too many to name.
To be clear now, these platforms are brilliant works of human engineering and collaboration and I appreciate their usefulness. Yet they are consumed by the mainstream, they are the masses of noise, the rabble. The voids of sorts.
So! What's next?
iPhone Photography Using the iPhone XS and Filmborn App
I recently upgraded from the iPhone 7 Plus, the first iPhone to have dual cameras, and now I'm rocking the iPhone XS.
It. Is. Sublime.
I've gone through my phase of gear acquisition, my phase of carrying big cameras, big lenses, extra bodies, tripods, and film cameras around my shoulder, etc. And sometimes I still do that. But in an effort to remove barriers and be more in the moment with my family, more and more of my personal shooting has been simply with this amazing iPhone XS camera. It truly takes beautiful images. And what's more, in conjunction with the Filmborn App by Mastin Labs, it still feels as though I'm shooting with control.
Part of the enjoyment I find in photography is self-imposed limitations. They spawn creativity.
With my Nikon F2 it's been more than a year since I've used any other lens than my 28mm f/2.8 AIS lens. I load my film, I have my lens, I only have to decide what to meter for and adjust shutter speed and/or aperture.
Filmborn is similar. I can set which "film" I'm using (I mostly use Pan F) tap on the scene to meter for what I wish, and shoot.
One advantage of Filmborn that should NOT be overlooked and CANNOT be understated, is the feature to be able to hold your thumb on the shutter button and leave it there until you release your thumb to take the photo.
This is incredibly helpful. I NEVER have found myself thinking, boy I wish I could take 40 burst images by holding my thumb down! Nope. I want to be as ready as possible for the right moment, and have only the slightest movement trigger the capture. And this is exactly what is so great about Filmborn. It gets the hell out of my way and enables creativity. Kudos, Kirk Mastin.
That said, I'll be sharing more posts containing iPhone photos in them. Feel free to comment and share your approach to iPhone photography. Cheers, friends.