Let me begin by saying I don't consider myself to be an expert in photography. I am a graphic and web designer by trade and have been using photography in that field for almost sixteen years now. Mainly this has involved product photography, company branding shots, portraits and other less glamorous projects but it paid the bills. I've learned a lot in that time but still feel like there is a lot more for me to learn and more skills to master. Over the years I've dabbled in my own personal projects including 365-day projects, special shoots, and more recently mobile photography. In the last four years, I had the misfortune to lose my creative spark due to a less than inspirational job. Long story short I made the decision to leave that behind and go back to freelance work. A big part of that reason was that I had found my creative spark again in photography, my new found inspiration was thanks to a new set of tools I found which I have been using for the past seven months. These new tools are lenses specifically designed for mobile phones and manufactured and sold by a company called Moment.
The cliff notes are Moment is a company based in Seattle WA, that make specialized lenses for iPhone, Pixel, and Galaxy cameras. In the seven months, I've been using these lenses, they have expanded their products, accessories and have even dabbled with travel packages. I'm not here to talk about any of that, this article is specifically about the lenses I have been using which include the Macro, Telephoto, Wide and Superfish (There is an Anamorphic Lens coming out later this year which once I get will be writing about my experiences with that). The Moment lens system works with a phone case specific to the model of your phone, with that case it is very easy to attach any one of their lenses to your phone. Each lens comes with a lens hood and a fabric pouch to keep it in. At this point in time, there is an app available to use with these lenses but it is only available for the iPhone. I haven't had any experience with that but I hear that an Android app is on its way. There are plenty of storage options to keep the lenses all together but I just keep them all in my backpack. Now, these lenses aren't cheap but they have a quality feel to them. If you are like me and want to get the most for your money I would suggest waiting until they have a sale. I waited till Black Friday time and got a killer deal on the lenses.
So that's what I did and I never looked back. I didn't start using them properly till January but haven't regretted getting them. I began with my original Pixel but I have since moved on to the Pixel 2 XL which I will discuss another time. The cool thing is all I needed to do when I upgraded my phone was get a case for it and the existing lenses I have were still compatible. This means I now have two cameras at my disposal and I'm able to easily switch out the lenses at any given time. I found while using the original pixel that adding the lenses brought my photos to a higher level. Now you still need to follow the rules of photography and it takes a little time and practice but once you get used to using these lenses with your phone you will for sure see an improvement. If you find yourself contemplating the Moment Lenses or any other mobile photography lenses I would definitely do your research and see if they are the right choice for you. I read a great article from Ken Rockwell and he says "Cameras have nothing to do with taking great pictures. To take great pictures, you have to know How to Take Great Pictures. If you know what you're doing, all a better camera does is make it easier, faster and more convenient to take great pictures".
I think about that all the time. Sure I would love to buy the latest and greatest equipment and travel the world but that's not going to necessarily make me a better photographer or for that matter instantly make me able to go globetrotting. With everything in life, it takes practice, understanding the fundamentals and basically a lot of hard work to hone and master your craft. Like I said I'm always learning something new and will probably still be doing so in the years to come. In the case of the Moment Lens system, it definitely made things easier for me. I've learned a lot more about photography and about myself. Being able to have more options like fisheye or even wide angle gave me more flexibility with my shots and that in turn helps in the final editing process to get that perfect shot you are looking for. Now I primarily use VSCO and I'll touch upon that in another article but I found it to be a great editing tool especially when I'm on the go. At the end of the day, the lenses allow me to capture images I wouldn't have been able to otherwise and I was able to find my inspiration again. I definitely owe a lot to these lenses as it's put me on a path that I'm excited about and feel like it's in the right direction. Would I recommend them? Absolutely they are quality lenses and after seven months I am still super happy with them. Will they be the only photography tools I use? Probably not but they got me inspired again and they certainly are a great addition to any photographers arsenal.
Images below were taken with OG Pixel & Moment Lenses, for up to date images please visit my instagram.