iPhoneography winner Thoban Jappie shares his best tips and apps


Thoban Jappie is a Cape Town Instagrammer and iPhoneographer who was one of our winners in last year’s iPhoneography competition. Here he tells us why he enters each year, how he captured his winning pic, and the tips and apps that can elevate every shot.

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What do you do?

I’m the co-founder of Mobile Media Mob (MMM), a content production agency, specializing in visual communication. MMM conceptualise, produce, and broadcast unique visual content, across digital platforms, to drive our clients key objectives – creating a social media stream that engages with their followers / consumers / users.

How did you hear about the competition, and how many years have you been entering for?

I follow iPhoneographySA on Instagram, and saw the announcements. This will be the fourth year I’m entering – I’ve been supporting since year one.

What do you most love about mobile photography and our iPhoneography event?

What I love about mobile photography is that it’s made the art visual storytelling accessible to everyone. And iPhoneography is a great opportunity to be part of a photographic exhibition, and showcase your creativity with likeminded peeps – it’s supercool to be part of a such a passionate community!

Tell us about the kinds of pics you take, and your involvement in the CT Instagram community

I have no particular style. Shooting is my creative fix, a form of (artistic) expression. As such, I capture images that resonate with me, and reflect my life experiences. 

What iPhone do you use?

I use the iPhone 5 *shocked face*. I’m waiting for that iPhone 6S to drop later this year!

How many pictures do you take a day?

That’s directly proportional to how I’m feeling, where I am, and what I’m doing. Anything from 0-100!

What are your favourite apps?

Snapseed, VSCO and Afterlight

What are your tips for taking great pictures?

Seek light. Capture moments. Shift perspectives. Keep shooting.

What do you do with your pictures?

Images that make the grade, I post to Instagram, plus to my Twitter and Facebook accounts. I use my VSCO Grid as an “underground” space, with alternate edits, b-sides, experiments etc. I’ve also sold a few images, participated in an exhibition, and I have two iPhone shots (beautifully printed in large diasec format) on the walls of Bacon On Bree in Cape Town.

Tell us about your 2014 winning picture 

I shot that image in January 2014, while visiting Cape Point with my family. I noticed the colour of the ocean as it crashed close to the rocky shore, so I walked down to a lower lookout point, leaned as far over the guardrail as I could, then stuck my arm out even further, and fired off a few lookdown shots with my iPhone. Later that evening, I edited the shot in VSCO and Afterlight.

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