A Mobiographer’s Journey From Analog to iPhone
A couple of years ago, mobiographer Erica “Spin” Simas moved…
If you remember the Apple ad campaign for the iPhone 6, you’ve viewed the work of Cielo de la Paz. She is the mobile photographer behind the “Shot on iPhone 6” image depicting the reflection of a person (her) in the rain, holding an umbrella in a puddle of water.
Since her mobile photography went viral, she’s gone on to shoot some of the most stunning landscapes around the globe (all on her Instagram, of course). We had an opportunity to speak to her about her work.
“I got started when I took a mobile photography class online. I took the class because I was just curious to see what I could do with my iPhone. I was blown away how much I could do! It helped that the class had an assignment and a contest, which really pushed me to practice what I learned in class.”
“It was pure luck! I had been doing the Project 365 (take a photo a day for the year) and I had to upload my photos to social media so that my group that I was doing the project with, would see my daily photos. Out of the blue, on my Flickr account, someone asked if they could license one of my photos I posted, shot on iPhone 6. It turned out to be Apple! Who would say no to Apple?”
“If you look at my Instagram feed you’ll see that 95% of it is landscapes. That’s what I love. I like exploring and taking a moment to stop and appreciate what’s in front of me. And then I like to capture it with a photo. It’s kind of like taking a piece of it home with you.”
“My most favorite place I’ve been to shoot is Coron Islands in the Philippines. You could not take a bad photo even if you tried! I brought my full frame camera along but it stayed in my bag the whole time. My iPhone was more than enough to capture its beauty. Locally I love to go to Mt. Tamalpais because it is always a different scene when I hike up there.”
“My favorite accessory right now are my Olloclip lenses. I’m having a lot of fun with the macro lens on my iPhone 6 because I rarely shoot macro. It’s so fascinating what you can see with that lens! My other favorite is the Apple Watch. I use it as a remote to take photos from a distance.”
“Experiment. A lot. And the way to do that is to always pull out your phone. You never know what kind of shot you’re going to get. It never hurts to take a photo. Also, use all of the apps out there that really push your phone.
When you’re starting out, you want to discover what you like taking photos of and the only way to know that is to see which way you end up going. Is it street? Is it landscape? Is it portrait? It will naturally come out the more you shoot.”