Monday, January 03, 2011


First of all, happy new year! I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend and welcomed the new year in a fun, safe and fantastic way!

A professional resolution that I made - or rather, a professional goal that I have laid out for myself - is to continue to make this blog better. Of course there are other resolutions that I hope to fulfill but this is a biggy. Yes, I want to continue to hone my skills as a professional photographer but this blog allows me to grow and learn about myself and my style. I also learn so much from the amazing photographers who I feature here and the great articles and tutorials that I share with you here. Perhaps you've noticed a few changes in the layout and design. Well, the blog will continue to evolve and grow and I hope that you will join me.

To that end, I'm working on a Frequently Asked Questions section that you can find up top. I always get emails and comments from readers with lots of questions so I decided to put them all in one place!

One big one that I always get is along the lines of "what is your favorite camera?" or "in your opinion, what is the BEST camera." Well, my opinion is that the "best" camera is the one you have with you. If you've followed this blog for a while you probably know how much I love (like A LOT) my iPhone. If this is your first time here you should know that I LOVE my iPhone. Even when I have my camera with me (which is usually) I still pull out the iPhone because I like to share instantly with friends on Facebook and Twitter and also because I like to play around with different apps on the device.

This photo is a perfect example of having the best possible camera at the best possible time.

Copyright 2010 Monica L. Shulman

I took it last week using my iPhone and I did a very quick edit using the free Photoshop app. I was out running errands all day and ironically delivering prints for a client so I didn't bring my camera because with all the snow and slush and mess and 20 things I was carrying I just wanted to carry the least amount of extra stuff possible - the camera feel in that category of things I left home. I no longer feel regret when leaving my camera at home thanks to my trusty iPhone. I was ready to leap across this puddle along with the other pedestrians when I looked down and saw this image waiting to be photographed! It sounds poetic but really I was irritated about the puddle, the fact that I went out without my snow boots, the 30 people trying to cross the street at the exact spot where I was, the fact that I was carrying three cumbersome tubes filled with large prints and my empty belly calling out for lunch. But once I looked down...instant mood lifter!

Here are some other recent (taken in the last four days) iPhone images. If you're not a believer that "any camera will do" then maybe these photos can show you that sometimes the best camera really is the that one you have on you. In this case, it was right in my back pocket!

Copyright 2010 Monica L. Shulman

Copyright 2010 Monica L. Shulman

Copyright 2010 Monica L. Shulman

So...the FAQ section of the blog will be a work in progress but for now, if you're interested, you can read on here.

Happy new year!

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