Composition and Smartphones: Mt Pleasant

  • July 20, 2013 · 4:00 PM
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If we consider that the camera is a tool for expression and that photographs are made, then the right camera is the one you have with you. Camera phones can be considered just like the old el-cheapo film toy cameras that removed much of the technical control of making a photograph, had dubious image quality but had character, and where fun to use because we spent time on the most important part of photography, which is the composition and the message.

Here we are not concerned with image quality. We are concerned with composing with what we have; how to best use the capabilities of the camera to express our ideas.


When trying to make your art, careful reaction to your perception is important to its accomplishment. We'll practice how to compose and look for interesting juxtapositions, humor, insight, graphic qualities, idealization or movement.



A few suggestions to consider: remove any grid-lines because composition depends on intent; and no chimping, which is where you constantly inspect the screen and interrupt your flow. And as always, slow down, scan, be mellow, be attentive to your surroundings and happenings, interact, and move around to find that a-ha moment when the subject is framed in a meaningful way to you.

Bring your phone-with-camera with a very easy to use camera application installed; one without exposure controls. Here's an example with no bells and whistles, the one I recently installed because it makes images like my old toy cameras, Lomo Camera.

The Walk-about
We'll explore Mt-Pleasant. We'll meet at the bow of Gene Café (see map) at the intersection of Main and Kingsway at 16:00 (4:00 pm), make introductions, ask questions about the topic and composition, and then set ourselves loose to have fun and make photographs.

July is the anniversary of my official move to Vancouver and I spent my first month in this neighborhood. It's quirky, has low architecture, poor hipsters, deviant art, colorful walls, an alternative feel, smells often of pot, is young, light industrial, partly messy and partly kempt, growing in deliciousness and it's being gentrified. I think we can find some interesting frames here.

We can't tour the whole neighborhood in a couple of hours, but we'll make a couple of loops. The first will be essentially along Main, 4th, Scotia and back to start. We'll regroup at our starting point at 17:00 (5:00 pm). From there we'll make our second loop, essentially along 8th, Quebec, 11th, Watson, Kingsway and back to start. We will end the Meetup at 18:00 (6:00 pm) back at the Starting point. From there we can make our way to Our Town Café (245 East Broadway @ Kinsway) where we can catch up for a cup and conversations.

The Aim
The function of the group is to learn and practice the techniques of photography. This involves learning photography not only from your guides but also by sharing knowledge with your group-mates. The intention is also to organize and get to know new people. The attendant size of the meets will be small so participants can have the opportunity to get to know all their group-mates and spend time with a guide. If you select to attend a meet and then cannot make it, please be courteous to others in the group and change your RSVP status as soon as possible to allow others who might be on the waiting list the chance to participate.

The Après-Meet
Please feel comfortable in posting your photographs and advising others; critical appraisal is helpful. What will also be appreciated are ratings and, especially, comments to individual meets and the group dynamic as a whole. This is important because it will ultimately add value to our meetings and improve our experience.

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  • Hella

    Great photos everyone :-)

    August 3, 2013

  • Dionysios

    It was a hot sunny fun day. Thank you Rob for the conversations and a good day for photographing. As for everybody else, I think you missed out to-day, but I'll be repeating this walk-about open to all cameras real soon 'cause it's a cool neighborhood with good opportunities for photographs.

    À la prochaine!

    1 · July 21, 2013

  • Hella

    I'm sorry but I can't make it :(

    July 20, 2013

  • Babs

    Sounds wonderful but have to be somewhere else. Hope you take some amazing photos.

    July 20, 2013

  • Dionysios

    Well, it looks like it's going to be another beautiful sunny day in Van City with a gentle breeze. Don't be late. See y'all there!

    1 · July 20, 2013

  • Dionysios

    Does anybody need a cheat-sheet with images?

    July 19, 2013

    • Hella

      I do if I make it:)

      July 20, 2013

    • Dionysios

      I'll see what I can come up with. If you all have Bump (for smartphones) I think it'll be easier.

      July 20, 2013

  • Hella

    I sure want come.... Trying to rearrange my schedule. How much walking is there? My back and knees are bad right now :(

    July 20, 2013

    • Dionysios

      The loop itinerary is described above; it should be about 2km and it's slightly inclined. If you Google-map it you'd get a better idea of the condition.

      July 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, something came up and I won't be able to make it

    July 19, 2013

  • Dionysios

    Hey Rob, will you be bringing your gear or a phone?

    July 17, 2013

    • Rob

      D-man, I was planning on bringing the big kit for the folkfest later in the day, but was only planning on using my iPhone for the walk, why do you ask?

      July 18, 2013

    • Dionysios

      Cool. See ya there!

      July 18, 2013

  • Hella

    I'm not going to be able to make it. Sorry. I really wanted to come. :(

    July 17, 2013

    • Dionysios

      It's okay. I'm glad you like the idea.

      July 17, 2013

  • Hella

    Have fun everyone!

    July 17, 2013

  • Dionysios

    Hi y'all. Does anybody have any questions (other than about parking) about the meet or the subject?

    July 17, 2013

  • Hella

    Thanks :)

    July 4, 2013

  • queenofmidnight

    and guest

    July 4, 2013

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