There are many reasons I love mobile photography, but this morning one of them is really coming to the fore: I don’t have to sit at a computer to edit photos. I can, and do, create my art sitting in my comfy chair. Knees up, tablet resting, stylus in hand… It feels more like drawing or journaling than it is traditional photo editing.
My creativity benefits.
As does my body.
I’m sitting here this morning with a heating pad on my shoulders because they are sore. It’s been an intense week at my corporate job, with 7-8 hours a day on the computer for some analysis work I’m doing. Lots of mousing. Last time this happened, it was triggered by a photography project, creating the video for last year’s Liberate your Art postcard swap. It doesn’t matter where it starts, the end result is the same. My body tells me it’s too much, by hurting. I need to listen.
I know the drill… Make sure I’m using good posture and ergonomics. Lay off the intense computer time for a while. Go to yoga and stretch. Take care of myself, and don’t push it any further.
The beauty is… With mobile photography, I can still create my art. Where “staying away from the computer” used to mean staying away from editing photos, now it doesn’t. Because using a finger or stylus on a tablet, as far as I can tell, doesn’t have the same effect on my body as using a mouse. I can create and share, anywhere, without hurting myself.
To be honest, I was primed and ready for this shift. It’s probably one of the reasons I’ve taken to mobile photography so strongly. I’ve never loved how much time digital photography required on the computer. I always felt I spent enough time sitting at a computer for my corporate job, so I didn’t love sitting there even more at home. It just doesn’t feel like a creative place. I accepted it as part of the process though, and adapted my expectations. I learned to enjoy the outcome, if not the process.
But it did temper my creativity. I didn’t learn Photoshop, with all of its creative possibilities, because of the time investment. Spending even more time on the computer was not what I wanted.
I am amazed though, at what was waiting for me, when I found the right tool to fit me. Look at the creativity in my art that has blossomed in the last year and a half. The tools of mobile photography have enabled me to get beyond the boundaries I had, both mental and physical, which limited my creativity in the medium of digital photography. What a beautiful thing.