honozooloo helllo my name is aaron. i take pictures.415.935.4695


everyone’s a nightlife photographer these days. i know most of the people who have been doing the party thing for longer than a while, but recently i’ve noticed that wherever i go, there seems to be at least one person i’ve never seen before rocking a DSLR and taking pictures of people. at one point there were 6 other “nightlife photographers” at a venue i was shooting. i won’t pass judgment on whether that’s a good or bad thing for the rest of the world but in my humble opinion it seems like a phenomena that is booming at the moment, only to have its bubble burst in the next. kind of like how at one point people once thought pets.com (and a who bunch of other dot-coms) was an idea worth dropping millions of dollars into.

anyway. after a little shabu shabu house action, i stopped in at apartm3nt for the clones of the queen album release party. there were a lot of familiar faces there…pretty much it was chinatown at apartm3nt. just without the smell of stale piss and garbage. i was determined not to carry my usual camera rig into apartm3nt. really i wanted to have fun, enjoy my friends, and have a good time. and i wanted to conduct a little experiment.

i shot the entire night with my trusty iphone 4 and the native camera app. fuck hipstamatic, it’s pretty played at this point. plus hipstamatic doesn’t allow for spot metering, selective AF, etc etc. after the show i processed the images on iphone via another photo app, then dumped it into iphoto, scaled the images into a more manageable width in photoshop, added watermarks, and uploaded straight to flickr. long story short, it was a fun little shoot and i am actually really happy with how the pictures turned out. sure, the iphone 4 isn’t known for producing silky smooth, noise-free, perfectly lit images, but then again i take plenty of those kinds of pictures with my actual DSLR rig. instead, it was flawed, noisy, grainy, blown out, random, and totally fun. they say that the best camera you have is the one you have with you. they also say that sometimes the fanciest gear in the world isn’t the only thing you need to take good photos. they say it isn’t the camera, it’s the photographer. and that qouting cliches in your blog is super, super lame.

anyway. congratulations to the COTQ fam on the new album, you three are super killer and always inspirational…nothing gets your own ass moving like seeing your peers getting their grind on.

enjoy the pics, i think i’m going to start shooting more shows with an iphone…i love the challenge of trying to do more with less.


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4 Responses

  1. Riana

    I found myself really inspired reading this blogpost…I’m always intimidated by other people who have better and more equipment than me and it’s funny how it took a stranger to tell me it doesn’t matter.

    Thanks a lot :)

    Dec 10, 2010 @ 12:26 pm

  2. aaron

    Don’t be. Some people with fancy equipment need it because they don’t know their craft well enough to get by with something that can’t do all the thinking for them.


    Dec 10, 2010 @ 2:12 pm

  3. Raul

    Nice post bro man & congrats on all the success lately. I’ve been seeing your shots friggin everywhere these days. I on the other hand haven’t been out in a while.

    Gotta take your words to heart. Been having to get rid of some equipment to keep myself afloat too. So yeah, back to square one.

    There’s a lot of truth to what ya say. I go back & look at my fav’s that I’ve actually printed huge & hung at home. Oddly enough all taken w/ my Rebel XT & my 50/1.8. Funny how that works out.

    Dec 13, 2010 @ 2:10 pm

  4. carol

    these are fricken sick!

    Dec 17, 2010 @ 2:41 pm