I’ve always enjoyed photography silently. I find it peaceful, relaxing and creatively stimulating. It’s one of the few hobbies of mine which is for my sole benefit.
I’ve never struggled with how to take photographs – or what I should take pictures of. Instead, I’ve struggled with how I should edit and share them both privately and publicly.
While most people share their pictures on social networking sites such as Instagram and Facebook, I tend to avoid doing the same. It feels like an obligation; a duty to post an image worthy of being shared to my followers. Often I end up not sharing the image at all.
When it first hit the App Store, I was a huge fan of VSCOcam (it’s name at the time), but as time went on it became bulky – and frankly – overwhelming to use. I gave up on it.
In this day and age of sharing photos online, I’ve gone back to VSCO (what it’s called now) and found a new appreciation for what I once considered bulky and unnecessary. What I like about VSCO isn’t the power or control I have over my images. It’s how I can share and document them online.
Immediately upon launching VSCO, I’m brought to my timeline of edited images. Only my favourite images reside here – the ones I’ve taken the time to edit to look their best. I feel proud looking through these images.
I often find myself opening VSCO just to scroll through my edited images. It makes me feel nostalgic and encourages me to take more pictures.
On the odd chance I feel an image is deserving of being shared online, I can easily export it to any social media service I choose. Most of the time I choose not to and opt to share it on my public VSCO feed instead. It’s quick and effortless to take one of my edited images and share it on my VSCO page. It lives on a public page I can share with friends and family if I so choose.
This workflow is the perfect way for me to both cherish my favourite images, and if I desire, share them publicly. I don’t feel burdened by a sense of quality, nor am I weighed down by whether it will get enough likes. It’s just my photos, the ones I choose, shared online.
VSCO isn’t an app prone to stagnation. Over the past few years it’s been changed, and changed again. Just this week it went through one of it’s biggest interface changes yet. With all the frequent updates, there’s no way to say if my usage of VSCO is the direction the app is heading.
For now though, VSCO remains my go-to iPhone and iPad app for both editing and sharing my pictures. It may not be the most powerful, or most functional, but no other photo app is as encouraging to a photographer like me.