Steve is another iPhoneographer who’s work I came across by chance when he submitted work for the “top images” feature at the end of each month. I really have enjoyed his monochromatic iPhoneography as well as the muted and subtle colored images as well.
Now the iPhoneography story of Steve Angelkov…
EC: Where are you from? Tell me about yourself?
SA: I am 38 and located from the Midlands, to Luton, Bedfordshire some 12 years ago. I live with my partner and our two children, Samuel 7 and Ruby 3. I work in Central London in Financial Services.
I have always had a little interest in photography since I was young, but this always used to played second fiddle to sport!
However, over the last 4-5 years, and since starting a family, I have been hooked on photography, and iPhoneography over the last 2 years. I have always considered myself creative, so the photography side is a outlet vs the day job.
EC: How did you get into iPhoneography?
SA: Simply by mistake; and time pressures!
Working in Central London, I have always ‘missed’ great photo opportunities whilst on my daily travels; or event photos towards my ‘work photo album / my London’
I originally purchased an excellent second hand Canon G9; and although I got great photos, the processing side on photoshop, was cumbersome.
I have always had a flickr account, since the start of my photography journey, it was purely by chance, that I noticed this massive iphoneography underground movement back in 2007.
I remember that I was checking B&W groups, and I began to notice a large trend in B&W Street Candid’s which inspired me.
Although, I only had a 3G IPhone, it wasn’t about resolution, but framing and processing. I was hooked.
EC: Can you recall the first iPhoto you took that made you go WOW, I really got something here!?
SA: I do indeed. I had a meeting in Westminster, and arrived at the tube station. Its a great structure, all grey and lumps of metal.
I took this photo as I hopped of the tube. Technically, its poor. blurry and very noisy, but this was the tipping point for me.
EC: How has social media such as Twitter helped or hinder the way you choose to share your work with others?
SA: Simply, it helps.
If you’re are a celeb, twitter is a forum to say ‘woke up, had a cup of tea’; and the followers love this.
But where Twitter excels is a knowledge resource. So following amateur iphoneographers or professionals, its an excellent source of inspiration and also app or product reviews. I use it twice daily.
EC: What does iPhoneography mean to you?
SA: Hard and difficult question.
For me its about capturing the moment, a photo diary.
Those moments, where i have always said in the past ‘I wish I had my camera’; are now covered. I have my iPhone in my pocket with the camera app open, ready!
The availability of apps for processing takes this to the next level.
EC: Do you have any formal training regarding traditional photography?
SA: No none. Initially I spent fortunes subscribing to DLSR magazines, but I have now found the web and discussions groups to be a far better source of inspiration.
I will continue to learn and be inspired by my peers.
EC: What about your London-town is so special that it makes you what to capture it through your iPhone?
SA: London is a fascinating place, and I find inspiration from the smallest thing.
I wish I had more time on my hands.
(wheels keep turning)
EC: Who or what are your artistic influences?
SA: I wont want to pick out any high profile iPhoneographers for particular attention, as I find the magic of any particular photo to inspire me; and these are from a wide base of iPhoneographers.
I love B&W street candid’s and architecture. I would love to be able to get a grip on the painterly movement, some of these works are fantastic.
EC: What has been the some of the challenges of using the iPhone as a camera?
SA: The benchmark set by other iPhoneographers. Some of the photos I see are truly great.
(life’s a beach)
EC: Has your work been published before, if so, where? Did you ever expect your work to be noticed by the iPhoneography community?
SA: Yes. I subscribe to the Londonist iPhoneography group and have had two images used on their website.
EC: What has been the most surprising or most predictable reaction from people to your iPhotographs?
SA: Generally speaking, the surprise that after a series of simple edits, that a smartphone can output such images.
(shades of grey)
EC: What’s in your iPhone camera bag (apps)? What app(s) do you currently use the most often?
SA: I have spent a small fortune of photography apps, seeking for the holy grail.
I regularly use Colorsplash for selective B&W or basic B&W conversion. I then adjust the contrast in either Filterstorm or Iris Photo Suite and add a border in Pictureshow.
Or I may use cameratan, crossprocess or the now defunct camera+ for simple edits.
I regularly convert the same photo with 4 different edits; and sometimes stew on them for several days. I
love the post processing side of things.
(rain stopped play)
EC: Do you mind telling us how you have created a recent piece of iPhonographic work from start to finish?
Step 1: Capture an image with iPhone camera:
Step 2: Open in Colorsplash for a quick conversion to B&W.
Step 3: Open Iris Photo Suite and crop to 1:1 perspective (hit the ?:? bottom at the bottom left hand corner).
Step 4: Complete auto levels adjustment with the Historgram option at the top of the screen.
Step 5: Open saved image in the defunct camera+ and select polarize with FX Effects option. For those without camera+; PhotoFX app has similar options.
Step 6: Open Filterstorm, and select Curves, and taken image to liking. Apply to whole of image.
Step 7: Create another Curves Layer to lighten the strips on the road. This will be applied with an ‘Apply with Mask’ option on the right.
Step 8: Paint in the lightened areas to the strips on the road. A bit tricky.
Step 9: Open Pictureshow and select border of preference (This one is Old Mat).
Step 10: The finished file
EC: What other thoughts would you like to share?
SA: I love the editorial that you offer on your site, and it was an honour to be asked to participate.
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