"The medium is the message." Marshall McLuhan

Category: Essentials

A synthetic mind

Posted on October 20th, by konstruktivist in Art, Art of the iPhone, Essentials, iPhoneograhy, Photographer, Photography, Technology, Video. 3 comments

Like any medium of self expression, whether it’s painting, drawing, playing an instrument…photography is a language, a way of expressing one’s feelings about a situation or a moment, and ultimately being able to encapsulate a story.  But does it really matter the means by which we tell that story? Or did technology overshadow the true essence of storytelling? Today, almost any tool is at our disposal in which to tell that story. Everything lies at our finger tips.  Does it really matter what filter one uses? Or the type of camera?  It’s up to you to discover your tool, your means of capturing a moment and ultimately telling your own story. Koci’s excerpt taps right into that grey zone, where emotion becomes veracity and technique irrelevant. It opens the door to new possibilities and sheds away all the  artificial constructs.

“What’s … Read More »

In No Great Hurry | Saul Leiter

Posted on October 5th, by konstruktivist in Art, Essentials, Photographer, Street Photographers, Street Photography. 2 comments

Trailer for the very anticipated documentary about photographer Saul Leiter. Directed by Tomas Leach,  this project has been on the go for quite some time now and it’s about to see the light of the day very soon. Saul’s work has a great influence on my work, and I can hardly wait to see this documentary.

“I believe there is such a thing as a search for beauty’
Saul Leiter

If you are interested to help this project come to life faster, please visit the link below and pledge whatever you can. http://www.indiegogo.com/innogreathurry


What’s in my Bag?

Posted on July 7th, by koci hernandez in Camera, Essentials. 2 comments



Here’s a peak at the Mobile Reporting Field Guide, a soon to be released iBook on everything journalists need to know about using an iPhone for reporting. It includes reviews on equipment, apps, as well as example videos. The guide is the culmination of work by several students enrolled in a mobile journalism course at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. After months of testing, this is the gear the guide recommends for the essential kit.  Stay tuned for the iBook which include reviews of this gear and more, along with apps reviews.


 Audio Technica  AT831-IPHONE Lapel Mic | LINK
 Sescom iAdapt | LINK
  INCASE Combo Charger | LINK
  iRig Handheld Microphone | LINK
  ikan | iLED 120  |  On-Camera LED Light | LINK
 Audio-Technica ATR-35S [great back-up] | LINK
 Rode Video Mic | LINK
 Joby Gorillapod | LINK
 mCAM lite | LINK
 Fostex AR-4i | LINK
 iPhone Telephoto lens | LINK
 Mophie Juice Pack Air | LINK
 SnapMount | LINK
 BARSKA pistol grip | LINK
 Induro CM14 Monopod | LINK
Promaster FW20T Featherweight Tripod | LINK

OOPS!! How could I forget my precious: (insert gollum voice) My HipstaCase! Shame … Read More »

The Right Camera App For Me and Maybe You

Posted on May 11th, by koci hernandez in Apps, Blog, Essentials. 9 comments

I’ve been interested in sharing a few observations about native iPhone camera replacement apps for sometime and I’m finally getting around to it now. Lucky for us there are a few new camera apps making vast improvements and I’m certain more are on the way. Before I get into the details of these apps I wanted to share a screenshot of my current favorites. This isn’t the first time I’ve shared my favorites and it won’t be the last. I move around photo apps on my favorites screen as often as a new photo app is born. Here is my current screen:


There continue to be a few staples for shooting, Hipstamatic and  ProCamera. Plus the old stand-bys for post processing, ScratchCam, King Camera,  Lo-Mob and Filterstorm. The rest are new to me and are fast deserving a spot on my favs list. Before I … Read More »

SAUL LEITER speech in Hamburg | February 2012

Posted on April 24th, by konstruktivist in Art, Essentials, Photographer, Street Photographers, Street Photography. No Comments


Without a singe doubt, Saul  is by far my all time photographer. Here is a great video where you can see Saul talk about photography and the way he approaches the medium. This is one of his latest interview he did this February 2012 in Hamburg. A must see!

Thank you @deena21


Photographer | Lillian Bassman

Posted on April 2nd, by konstruktivist in Art, B&W, Essentials, Video. 4 comments

A fantastic collection from Lillian Bassman. One of the last great fashion photographer.

To read more  –> Lillian Bassman 

Hipstamatic | Tips & Combos


Since we all have our favorite app to shoot with, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite combos of Hipstamatic. Being my camera of choice in almost all circumstances, I got to be around quite a bit so hopefully these tips will help you choose or find the right combination that suits your style.

To start with, I think it’s importnat to be aware of all the possible settings available in Hipstamatic.

Some people may not know that there are 3 settings for the picture quality.
Low, Medium & High.

Those 3 dots on the left side of your lens of choice are indicators to what size and quality of pictures you Hipstamatic will output. If you are a really fast shooter and you like to shoot as much as possible, you might want to compromise the quality of … Read More »

Vivian Maier • A hidden gem, discovered!

Welcome to our new section at lofimode.com! 

We created this section (Blog) in order to share with you some of our personal tips, inspirations, and discovery from the world of photography.
We look forward to your participation and comments.
LFM Team 

To start with, I decided to introduce you to a phenomenal photographer I have recently discovered who’s name will surely not be forgotten anytime soon. Vivian Maier born in New York  1926 by a French mother, her work completely shattered my world when I first saw it, but her story is even more beautiful. In fact, Vivian wasn’t a professionally trained photographer, but a nanny! Yes, a nanny and a housekeeper throughout her life. Her work stood hidden for more than half of century until  John Maloof, a real estate agent form Chicago bought a box form an auction repossessed storage locker for $400 and literally found himself … Read More »

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