Belper snapper opens iPhone images exhibition

Exhibition of photographs taken entirely on a mobile phone, pictured is photographer Dave Booker
Exhibition of photographs taken entirely on a mobile phone, pictured is photographer Dave Booker

An internationally-renowned photographer is staging a six-week exhibition - comprising entirely of photographs taken on a mobile phone.

David Booker, from Belper, will be displaying a selection of his work in the first solo exhibition of its kind in the region.

Belper photographer David Booker is staging a mobile phone photo solo exhibition.

Belper photographer David Booker is staging a mobile phone photo solo exhibition.

David has put together a clutch of images that he has snapped, edited and fine-tuned ready for display.

And all the photos were taken using his Apple iPhone 6 rather than a conventional camera.

The 47-year-old’s work will be on show at the North End Gallery in Wirksworth until Thursday July 30.

David said: “Mobile photography has grown worldwide over the last couple of years.

“Sharing images and taking them on phones has become so popular now, thanks to applications like Instagram.

“Cameras on mobile phones have got to the degree where they are as good as digital cameras.

“In effect, it’s now irrelevant what you use to take a picture.

“It’s more about the technique rather than the equipment.”

Such is the popularity and success of taking pictures on mobiles, that there is now an annual awards ceremony that takes place; the World Mobile Photography Awards.

David, who is manager at Scarthin Books in Cromford, has even been singled out for honourable mention in each of the past three years at the awards ceremony.

A keen photographer since the age of 17, technology’s advancement means David has moved with the times and as a result he admits he has not even picked up his old camera for some time.

He added: “Over the last few years I’ve just been using my iPhone to take photos.

“The joy and power of social media soon got me noticed and since then I’ve contributed to a couple of big exhibitions in the States and Canada.

“I haven’t even touched my ‘real’ camera for about two years.

“There’s just so many apps that you can download now.

“I can literally shoot a picture and spend anywhere between two or three days and a couple of weeks tweaking it.”

David’s top tips for snappers

• Location: Either find somewhere with an interesting back-drop or set up a good home studio (hanging bedsheets against a wall is a cheap and easy way of achieving this).

• Good lighting: Never underestimate the difference a strong light source can make. Natural light is always best, but artificial lighting can be just as effective.

• Props: These can make an interesting addition to a portrait and give a second point of focus.

• Planning: Think about what it is you want to achieve, the general look and feel of your final image and make sure all of the necessary elements are in place.

• Perseverance: Don’t be afraid to fail, keep experimenting and adjusting to your surroundings (light, background, etc). Take lots of photos and experiment with post-processing techniques.

• Create your own style: Don’t ever shoot with someone else’s perspective or taste in mind - create for your own enjoyment and satisfaction, produce what feels right for you!