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iPhoneography Advice From a ‘Shot on iPhone 6’ Star

April 20, 2017
Cielo de la Paz

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.

Can you give me a little bit of background on how you got started in mobile photography?

“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.”

iPhoneography Advice From a 'Shot on iPhone 6' Star

How did you get involved in the Apple World Gallery?

“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?”

What is your favorite subject to photograph these days? Why?

“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.”

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Where has been your favorite place to shoot? Why?

“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.”

iPhoneography Advice From a 'Shot on iPhone 6' Star

Any favorite accessories that you use when you’re shooting mobile photos?

“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.”

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What advice do you have to give to budding mobile photographers?

“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.

iPhoneography Advice From a 'Shot on iPhone 6' Star

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.”

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Krystle Vermes
Krystle Vermes

Krystle Vermes is a professional writer, blogger and podcaster with a background in online and print journalism. Passions include everything tech, sports, and the paranormal. When she isn’t freelance reporting, she’s running her paranormal blog, GetSpooked.net. Krystle is a graduate of Suffolk University and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Print Journalism.

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