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Review of being disconnected – Life without the internet

The biggest question is did I make the week being disconnected. The short answer is no. I managed to get thru 4 days without checking emails or viewing any webpages. The long answer is I found what I was looking for – reducing my time online.

Why didn’t I make it.

I came down with a cold on day 5 so I sat on the lounge resting and started to use the iPad. Partly out of resting and not feeling like doing much else so I resorted to using the internet.

What did I miss while being disconnected?

We had some bad weather and I wanted to check the radar for how much rain was about and also check a few of the automatic weather stations to see how windy it was.

I also missed following a few photographers who I find inspiring or enjoy reading their blogs, also missing a few apps that were free for a few days only.  Nothing life shattering was missed.

What did I learn

Life goes on with or without the internet. Being a photographer (hobby) one of the biggest things I missed was sharing photos and also viewing other photos, Instagram has become a fairly large part of my online photo sharing life and i’m enjoying the community that comments and likes photos.   I have now streamlined my RSS feed to cut out most of the gossip and rumour sites.

Online now is in 3 places for me. Here on the wordpress site for larger articles/writing and bigger photo projects. Tumblr for every day photos which is mainly my Instagram feed with a few extras. And Instagram, my iPhone and other camera sharing site. This should simplify life a little which will see my pursuing more photo projects over the coming southern hemisphere summer. The largest project is about to start which is to photograph the summer sailing season on Lake Macquarie while sailing on a yacht. Bring on summer and life of being “connected” most but not all of the time.

What did I do while not online

Played with my kids more, did a few jobs around the house, read more physical books and even read a few ebooks while the iPad was in airplane mode

Will I do it again

If life seems like its slipping past I would do it again, but at the moment its under control with my mind more focused on photography and my family, good times ahead.

Where is Mobile photography heading

Is the photography that is classified as “mobile photography” heading to the top of the popular list regarding photography. Is it and should be described differently than any other photography taken by any other means. I believe all photography gets put into categories, be it by colour or black and white, film types, cameras, photoshopped, HDR, iphoneography, mobile photography, pinhole, the list goes on.

What is with mobile photography that has caused the huge increase? Two reasons, the first being the physical (size). iPhone and now Android phones including cameras that the user can actually use to produce a decent photo (with or without apping). And the second being the cliche of always having a device with you.

But what is it we crave in mobile photography?

For me its craving to have a camera, always accessible, with a lens from fisheye thru to telephoto and small enough to fit into your pocket. Some of this is possible with add on lens for camera phones, and the ability to edit and share directly from the device.  Are these cravings the exact opposite of what mobile photography is about – simplicity. Even though we have these cravings is it the simplicity of having a device with a fixed focal length that makes mobile photography so popular. We are given less choice, open app to take the photo, and press the shutter to take the photo. Simple.

Apping complicates the process.

Does using apps to help you take the photo take away some of this simplicity. Opening an app and selecting focus points and exposure points, seeing live previews on screen of what the final image will look like.  Hipstamatics popularity might also come from its simplicity, especially if you use the shake to select a random effect, this leaves you with no idea of the effect that will process your image, a slight kickback to the days of film.

Which leaves the final question. Will the over saturated over processed, old school style image be a fad. Will it stay popular or will another photography style from another era become more popular (personally I love the Tine type portrait look). Time will tell.