I was invited by Virgin Media UK to be the Instagrammer for the Vfestival 2015; an annual music festival held in England during the last weekend in August. I was responsible for the ‘live feed’ of images documenting the festivities over a two day period. I was also supplied with a brilliant new smartphone camera by sponsor LG called the G4. These photographs are a selection of the images posted from the LGG4 direct to Virgin Media’s Instagram account. All images were shot in camera without further processing unless otherwise stated in the accompanying text. All photographs © Sean Hayes 2015. If you would like to see more of my mobile photography work from this festival, please visit: http://instavfestival.tumblr.com
LG Electronics have kindly lent me their new G4 smartphone to test the camera for a project coming up later this month. I’ve being shooting with the LGG4 for about 5 weeks now and I must say I’m very impressed with its performance. It’s not the forum to go into a detailed breakdown of the technical features but suffice to say the 16MP rear-facing camera, coupled with a fixed F1.8 aperture, really does deliver remarkably high quality images. It also has the most powerful manual mode of all the smartphones out there. The portraits below were all shot using the LGG4 and processed with the Snapped photo app. I should point out that I only used the app to pump contrast a tad, converting images to B&W, and applying the tilt-shift tool on the colour portraits to add a shallow DOP – otherwise – WYSIWYG. I’ve been a committed iOS platform user since iPhoneography took off in 2007 – but this phone makes it seriously tempting to switch to android. The argument against the android platform by the mobile photography community has always been the lack of depth and breadth of its photo app offerings. This perceived weakness is no longer valid as the community matures and simplifies its approach and application of photo apps. The days of being excited by adding a coloured filter to a smartphone image are well and truly over. As the lines between what constitutes a smartphone photograph and the SLR variety continues to blur – this is the sharpest camera phone out there. Literally and figuratively.
If you would like to see more of my mobile photography portraits, please visit : http://seanmobileportraits.tumblr.com