I’ve been talking to Jazmin aka Sirensidyll about how we both use cameras in our art journals. The more I talked to her the more I realize that my cameras are an integral part of my art journaling process. I have a camera in my bag pretty much everywhere I go. Here’s a brief overview of the cameras I use:
My iPod touch
A Canon Ixus 1100
and a Olympus Pen PL2 with a variety of vintage lenses
In the past, before I got the iPod touch I used my Canon Ixus point and shoot more often than I do now. It was small and I could slip it into my bag and take it anywhere. My Canon P&S takes great clear pictures. Now that I have an iPod touch 4th generation I’ve got a smaller camera I can take anywhere. The photos it takes are not as good as the Canon but it does a pretty good job. Additionally I can download a bunch of cool apps for my iPod that adapt and change the appearance of the image. I take one of these 2 with me everywhere.
In the summer I take my Olympus Pen PL2 with me almost everywhere. I purchased a few vintage lenses and an adapter so that the old manual lenses can be used. The old fashioned and antique lenses lend a different look and coloration than modern lenses. With the vintage or new lenses it takes sharp crisp photos with great color.
I use the iPoo for 90% of my image (not accurate mathmatically.) It’s so small and portable that I forget I’m carrying it. I don’t worry about dropping it, well much, and it doesn’t weight me down. Sure, it doesn’t have fancy lenses but it captures ideas as well as a thumbnail sketch.
Something that is unusual about photography, at least for me, is that I didn’t start taking pictures until I was in my last year at college. For that last year, I used disposable point and shoot cameras that I took to the local pharmacy for development. It wasn’t until I was 22 that I got my first “real” camera, a Canon ELPH, and it took bright crisp and clear images. I still have that camera, though I never use it. Shortly after that I got my first digital, and HP something or the other, a 1.2 mega pixel brick, and by brick, I mean it was brick sized, shaped and weight. After using that camera to it’s death I graduated to a Canon Digital ELPH and kept it for years.
All images in this blog post were shot with my iPoo touch 4th gen I'll talk about the apps I use in the next post. (I refer to my iP0d as the iPoo to avoid attracting attention from the spam brigade.)