The photography tools I use to document my time in Sweden
I love photography. I love the process of taking pictures, but I might love the result of photography itself even more. As Karl Lagerfeld once said: “What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.” And studying abroad means that you’ll have many moments and memories that you’ll want to keep forever. So here’s a little list of tools I use to do just that.
Right before I moved to Sweden, I invested in a camera. It was one of the most expensive things I’ve bought in a while, but I had been saving up for a while and it seemed like the right time to get one. And it was. While phones take great pictures (more about that later), the ‘feeling’ and quality of a real camera does make a difference. I got the Sony A-6000 with a 3.5-56/16-50 lens and I couldn’t be happier with it. It’s a system camera, which means that it can do practically everything a DSLR can, it’s just smaller and lighter. I have it with me practically everyday.
My Polaroid camera was a gift from my friends back in my hometown in The Netherlands. And while I obviously thought I would enjoy using the camera, it turned out to be so much more fun than I expected. The ‘one shot only’ aspect of taking a polaroid picture is amazing. The fact that the pictures are never perfect, makes them perfect. And having the actual photo in your hand a few seconds later is even better.
This might be an obvious one, but phones are great for photography. Especially because of the convenience. I always have my phone with me, which means I’m always able to take pictures. I have an iPhone 7, but pretty much all fairly new phones have great cameras!
The final two tools aren’t actual cameras, but accessories. This tiny HP Sprocket photo printer I got from my lovely friends back in Amsterdam and I’ve been using it quite a lot. By using an app on your phone, you can edit and send the photo you would like to have printed. It only takes a few seconds and you have the physical picture in your hands. Sad thing is, the paper for the pictures is quite expensive, so I’m only printing my absolute favourite pictures.
A Color Story App
A Color Story is my favourite editing application. They have a number of great filters (my favourite is the ‘Airy’ collection) and the user experience is amazing. I’ve been using the app for a few months now and I’m not likely to switch anytime soon. I don’t like the extremely over edited pictures and with A Color Story this rarely happens. Actually, all my pictures on our Study in Sweden Instagram have been edited with this app!
I hope you enjoyed reading about the photography tools I use. Next week I’ll be posting my favourite photography spots around Stockholm! In the meantime, if you have any questions, feel free to email me at inez.studyinsweden [at] gmail.com.