There are some places we visit that inspire such awe as to rob us of words. (Which can complicate things if you happen to write blog, or hope to send an email to your mother who awaits word of your adventures like an Elizabethan spinster. ) Were it not for storytelling through pictures, many a story would be lost.
I started traveling, in earnest, in my late teens. From the tiny seaside town in Southern Spain that served as home, we’d take weekend jaunts into new worlds. Phoenician archaeological sites in Segóbriga, mysterious labyrinthine passageways of Morocco, and luminous Greek beaches — sadly, I’ve few pictures to tell the stories of these places that changed my world.
Back-in-the-day the only photographic tool I could operate was a disposable camera. Sure it was the, “High Tech” option of the era, but I still managed to cut people’s heads off, miss shots, and miniaturize epic works of art through my inability to grasp the concept of scale. Though I did capture blurred visions of what may or may not have been ghosts. At least that’s what I’m going with, it wasn’t just a bug flying through the shot – Marc!
As I’ve trod the winding path of this journey called life, I’ve lost so many of the stories from those early days — simply because I couldn’t take a decent picture, or was too lazy to go get them developed. Then came the smart phone, and the DSLR, tools that can make storytellers of us all.
Truth be told, I’m still not the best shutterbug. The stories are getting better though. I have a DSLR, but frankly I’m still rather confounded by it. Having a phone with a good camera feature has made all the difference.
I recently moved from iOS and a trusty -if outdated- iPhone4 to the Samsung Galaxy Note4. The differences between iOS and Android have been rather like being abandoned a foreign country without speaking the language. (I’m slowly learning to converse with the natives.)
My Rosetta Stone moment came with a visit to the new Verizon Destination store in Boston as part of my participation in the #VZBoston event. Here the Mediums of Modern Technology help we everyday folk to see through the fog and communicate with the devices that inhabit our daily lives.
The store is packed with products that make our lives better; WiFi-powered “canary” air quality monitors, connected home devices that allow you to adjust your thermostat, turn on/off lights, even view live video of your home – remotely. Here is the place to test out those electronic fitness devices you’ve been on the fence about, pilot a drone, snap a Boston-Themed selfie, or print your a skin for your phone, tablet or laptop. Better than all of this though, is there are actual experts there to show us how to use all this mind-blowing stuff. Which brings me back to stories and pictures.
Timing couldn’t have been better for my visit to Boston’s Back Bay and this treasure trove of inspiration a on Boylston Street. I’d be heading to Ireland the following week and could use some expert help with using my phone to snap photos. No heads would roll in these photos.
What I Learned…
Download the Dropbox to your phone and set it for camera uploads. Note: This can eat up your data. I have mine set to upload only when attached to WiFi.
The Galaxy Note® 4 has a wide-angle, 3.7MP front-facing camera so you can capture crisper selfies. Photograph anything else, the Galaxy Note 4 comes equipped with a 16MP rear camera with built-in Optical Image Stabilization. That means I can zoom and stabilize at the same time, so no more miniaturized works of art or blurred “spirits” of questionable tangibility.
There are several photography settings on my phone, and most “updated” phones that allow for focal changes, capturing panoramic and action shots, and best of all (on my phone) correcting things like blemishes, under-eye circles, and wrinkles that resemble the Grand Canyon – YEAH for “Beauty Face!”
Taking photos with a phone – as opposed to a full-sized camera like a DSLR – allows you to flexibility and more spontaneous shots. Laying on the moss in a cemetery to shoot up at a historic Celtic High Cross – so much easier with a phone.
Social sharing is storytelling, one picture at time. And, much easier from a phone!
The result of the advice I got in Boston? So. Many. Stories.
Disclosure: Opinions expressed are entirely my own, because honesty is always my policy. I have relationship with Verizon Wireless as part of the #VZWBuzz Social Media Team . I was hosted as a member of the team for my visit to Boston and the opening of the Verizon Destination Store there. I have not been asked to, nor required to provide a positive opinion. No monetary compensation was revived for either the visit or this article.