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Why I’m Ditching The Camera Next Month

Veggie Burgers at The Trolls Pantry

If you enjoy both procrastination and food as much as I do, then you’re probably an avid reader of everything Bon Appetit publishes already. If that’s the case, then you’ll already know that every single image in their March issue was taken with an iPhone.

I don’t know what it is that thrilled me so much about this bold move by Bon Appetit. Perhaps it’s the fact that it embraces modern food culture so keenly (in 2016, if you didn’t use your iPhone to Instagram your weekend breakfast, it didn’t happen) or perhaps it’s just because it’s a decision that really must have taken some balls. Whatever it is, it clearly had a profound effect on me…

Waffles at Gelato Gusto

Inspired by them, I’m going to be doing the exact same thing on Cate in the Kitchen. From the 1st to the 31st of March 2016, every single image you see on this blog will be shot with my iPhone 5S. I’ll be taking it slightly further than the photographers for BA, in that I won’t be using my laptop for editing and I will not use any external factors (extra lenses, fancy lighting). It’s just gonna be me, my shaky hands and my trusty phone.

Ordinarily, I use a Panasonic Lumix GF6 to take my pictures, then edit them (weakly, I’ll admit, I have zero technical skill in this area) on PhotoShop. It’s a pretty lengthy process, taking anything from 10 to 60 shots of a dish, making a final selection in iPhoto where I can see them close up and then doing all that brightening and colour balancing in PS. On this March mission, I think I’ll probably use VSCO for most of my editing, but I guess we’ll see how that pans out – if any of you have any great apps to recommend, please do so in the comments as this is probably a great opportunity for me to try them out. I’m really interested to find out whether or not it’ll save time. Will this make the process quicker by cutting out importing, selecting and proper editing time? Or, will I spend more time and effort trying to make iPhone shots look professional?


My reasons for setting myself this challenge are many and varied, but the key factor is one you’ve heard a gazillion times before if you hang out here regularly: I’m an insufferable novelty seeker. I had the time of my life experiencing new things constantly throughout Veganuary, and it’s given me a taste for shaking things up and making big changes for limited periods of time. This is my next fix. I always find that I come away from challenges like this having learned something new and grown in a small but always significant way as a person. It’s fun to force yourself to completely change your behaviour for no apparent reason. I strongly recommend taking this up as a hobby.

If there’s anything you’d be particularly interested in hearing about during this challenge come experiment, please please let me know in the comments. I’d love for you to help me shape how I approach and report back on my learning curves and amateur photography adventures, you’re the people I write for after all.

Wish me luck!

Cate x

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    • It’s one of the most hipster photo editing apps – or at least was when I downloaded it, I’m probably way behind the times now. I’m really excited to see how this pans out!!

  1. VSCO is the best phone photo app IMO. I use it for ALL the image on my blog EVER. Haha.

    May advice:

    Take the images using your phone camera.
    Import the shots you want into VSCO (half the selection process done).
    Edit them, including lighting and shadows (the shadow save function is a GOD SEND).
    Export the images you want back into your phone’s library (other half of the selection process done!)
    Use Google Photo’s to sync the images with your computer (no wires required).
    Select the files you want in Google photos and download to your computer, ready to upload to your blog.

    Easy peasy. You might just dutch the camera all together after this!

  2. I never realised we have the same digital camera! I’m absolutely pants at using it though. I thought the iPhone photos were so good, I’ve always said lighting makes a much bigger difference than an expensive camera and I think this proved it! Looking forward to seeing your photos next month ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I am a big fan of VSCO too. Such a great app – plus you can get additional filters/add-ons for free at times. I also recommend Afterlight, Camera+ and also Over (for adding text over photos). I look forward to your posts in March!

  4. Love this idea, Cate! Its always good to experiment and set challenges like this. Plus, editing photos is suuuuuuuuch a lengthy process, I’m digging the sound of the rough and ready approach!

  5. When I saw the title, I was like whattt?! I thought you meant no camera at all haha. I’ve started to get lazy, and use my phone for more blog photos than I’d like to admit lately. Really interested to see how you get on with this!

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