AMPT selections photo by Kerry Koo @kooconcept
Description: ”What does it mean to be Samurai? To devote yourself utterly to a set of moral principles. To seek a stillness of your mind. And to master the way of the sword.” #namethatm0vie.
A quote taken from one of my favourite films. The image is mimicking the infamous scene where Tom Cruise’s character is wielding his sword in the sunset.
Process: First off I have to thank my baby bro, @koorunked for being such a great sport and willing to climb the rooftops (literally) to help me accomplish this insta project for AMPt. We were having a BBQ in the backyard and I looked up at the rooftop of my garage and noticed the cloudless clear skies. I thought it would be a pretty nice shot if I could have some sort of silhouette standing on top of the roof…and this is the result.
I took the photo with my Galaxy S2. Brought it into Photo Editor and changed it to BW and increased the contrast and the brightness. This is usually where my edits end (I like to keep most of my photo edits very simple and clean, no top secret complicated edits or anything), after that, I bring the photo into Instagram, add the Sutro filter (which ive been pretty addicted to recently) and post! However, since this is to be featured in AMPt, I figured I’d do something a little extra. I then took the edited photo into into PicsArt, added the Sun mask, positioned it the way I liked it and then applied yet another BW filter since the Sun mask was in color. Here is the finished piece.
Bio: I’m a full-time multimedia designer from Toronto. My #koozins first introduced me to Instagram in February 2012 but I didn’t really get addicted to it until Instagram finally came out on Android in April 2012. Instagram has easily become integrated into my everyday life. I started out taking random photos of everything but in the recent months, I’ve come up with the #namethatm0vie IG project where I’ve combined my love for film and photography into one. Capturing movie moments and naming the photo with a movie quote, and then asking the viewers to guess which film the photo represents. Where are my fellow movie geeks at?
I only have one personal rule with Instagram and thats to only take photos and edit them with my smartphone. As a graphic designer, I could easily take a photo with a high res SLR, bring it into photoshop and do a bunch of crazy edits but in my opinion that defeats the whole purpose and fun factor of Instagram. I went through the photography phase like a bunch of my friends, buying an SLR, lighting equipment, and lens but after a few weeks I simply got sick of lugging a bag full of equipment everywhere I went. Thus, this is probably the main reason why I absolutely love mobile photography, it’s so convenient, simple and instantaneous.
I usually work with clients who have design standards that I need to follow but with mobile photography, its become my daily creative outlet where I abide to no rules but my own. To take another quote from a great film, for me, mobile photography is simply my way of “…searching for moments.”