I should be packing my backpack right now in preparation for my 8AM flight out of San Francisco airport tomorrow morning, which will begin my journey back to the Camino, but instead, I think I will procrastinate just a little bit more and write a post about cameras and photos on the Camino. However, I will attempt to keep it short.
With only a couple of exceptions (during the first couple of days on the Camino when I occasionally used a Sony digital camera), my photos were taken exclusively with the iPhone 5C that I purchased specifically for my journey on the Camino Francés last summer.
I used the following apps:
- standard “Camera” app that comes with the phone
(And as an FYI, is a photo of mine has any blur, in all likelihood, I used the HDR app.)
Post-Processing (Editing After the Fact)
I have found post-processing to be mostly unnecessary using those apps, although on occasion I enjoy adding effects like vignettes and I almost always add a simple 1px black frame before posting photos to my blog.
The one exception is with photos taken of sunny yellow/golden fields using the Pro HDR app; I have frequently found it necessary to de-saturate those photos and/or adjust the color because it tends to be greenish. On this year’s Camino, should I encounter any golden fields (which seems unlikely based on photos I’ve seen of my proposed itinerary), I will use the Camera+ app.
Sometimes I am completely shocked by the almost painting-like quality of the photos when I use the HDR app. The photo of Castrojeriz below is a good example. The photo on the left is completely unedited by me; that’s just how it turned out.
In the following example, the photo on the left is completely unedited and you can see, I added a little saturation to the photo on the right.
And one more example. The following photo was taken near San Nicolas del Real Camino on Day 18, which I haven’t yet created a post for. The one on the left is unedited and the one on the right is de-saturated so it’s more true-to-life:
Watermarking & Borders
I use BorderFX for iPhoto and have had to play around with it extensively to understand how to use it. I have yet to find a font in that program I absolutely love for watermarking, hence the different fonts on my watermarks.
Last year I backed up my photos by posting them on Facebook for my friends and family to see.
This year I have enabled Flickr Uploader on my phone so my photos will automatically be backed up to Flickr whenever I have wireless access. They are uploaded “privately” so that I can pick and choose which to make public.
To see many of my favorite Camino landscape
photos, please click the image below:
To see my post, “Technology on the Camino”, about the electronics I took last
year, most of which I will take again this year, please click the photo below: