When Rob Mulally quit his job in IT Services back in 2015 to pursue photography, he wasn’t sure how it would pan out. He simply asked himself one question – ‘Will I regret this when I’m 80?’
Three years on, he’s now working full-time as a photographer and hasn’t looked back. He’s worked with tourism organisations, car brands and festivals like Vivid Sydney to create intriguing, vibrant images, and most recently finished up a shoot for NSW National Parks.
We heard that he was heading to the US for a trip, so offered him the opportunity to try Vodafone’s $5 Roaming, so that he could stay connected while he’s travelling and test the network for roaming.
$5 Roaming allows you to use the data, call and text inclusions of your plan for $5 extra per day in over 60 countries. For Red Plus & SIM Only Plus Plans, only Your Max Speed data is included while $5 Roaming. Countries may vary.
Q: What first sparked your interest in mobile photography?
A: I first got interested in mobile photography when travelling in Europe. I had a point-and-shoot camera with me, but at the time the phone camera I had was great in low-light and I started to use the phone more than the travel camera.
Q: What made you take the leap of faith to quit your job and pursue travel photography?
A: It was a combination of wanting to try something different and stumbling across photography, which started to consume most of my waking thoughts. I think there are smarter ways to transition from IT Services to photography than going cold turkey – but now, three years in, I’m glad I took the risk. Best to try something rather than live with the regret!
Q: What are you currently shooting on?
A: My camera (Sony A7R III), my phone (Samsung Galaxy S9+) and my drone (DJI Mavic Pro).
Q: What are the advantages of mobile photography while travelling?
A: Size and convenience are important factors when you’re on the move – but the simplicity and power of workflow that comes with mobile photography are often overlooked. It’s a great advantage to be able to take a photo, edit it, and share it instantly from the same device in the exact format that more than 80% of people will view the content in. The ‘shoot, edit, share’ loop is one of the fastest ways to learn and improve, so being able to do that with one device is both convenient and educational. Having the freedom to edit photos while you’re waiting for the train or bus, then getting feedback from a shared shoot while you’re enjoying a coffee after sunrise is also quite nice!
Q: What’s your best mobile photography tip for people who are just getting started?
A: You can put your phone in places you can’t put a bigger camera, like against a wall, on the floor, through a railing… This allows you to get some very unique shots and perspectives. I have a little saying that goes, “If you don’t look a little crazy, you’re probably taking a boring photo!”
But the real mobile photography secret tip is apps – both the pro camera apps, as well as some editing apps that let you take your original photos and really make them stand out. Some just simulate long exposures, while others let you animate them and turn them into videos.
Q: What tech do you typically take with you on a trip?
A: Besides my camera equipment, I always have my laptop and hard drives with me. Social media is usually critical to some of my work, as well as staying in touch with clients from previous shoots, so I always make sure my phone plan has roaming enabled. Connectivity for me is not just about collecting likes, it’s about customer service and delivering for my clients.
Q: Have you ever been stuck in a sticky spot without roaming while travelling?
A: I have been in a situation where part of my contract was to deliver a series of images and stories in a single day. The plan was to use the WiFi at a hotel – this worked for the first hour before it became unreliable and a mess of local SIMs and inability to activate them became a nightmare. I haven’t travelled without a phone plan that has roaming enabled since.
Q: Tell us about your experience with Vodafone’s $5 Roaming?
A: Using Vodafone’s $5 Roaming made the process of travelling simple – it meant that I didn’t have to find a safe place for my old SIM card or do any awkward changes of SIM cards at airports. Getting off the plane and being instantly connected is so simple. It’s been great for communicating with friends, ordering Ubers, and connecting to my laptop to finish off some emails. Time while you’re away is precious, and hunting for WiFi or swapping SIM cards is not an efficient use of that time – as well as paying extra for a plan that is at home and not being used.
Q: What destination do you have your eye on next?
A: Something closer to home, actually. I haven’t been to New Zealand in the few years since I started photography – so before I head to South Africa or Europe, I’d love to visit New Zealand.
With Vodafone $5 Roaming, travel further and stay connected. You can use Vodafone’s $5 Roaming with your phone, tablet or postpaid mobile broadband plan for just $5 extra a day in 80 countries, for up to 90 days in a calendar year. Countries may vary, so check the list of included countries before you travel. If you’re on a Vodafone Infinite or Plus Plan, you can only use Max Speed data with $5 Roaming, along with your call and text inclusions. If you’re on an Ultra+ Plan, you can use unlimited mobile data on your phone.
Follow Rob on Instagram at @robmulally.
Countries subject to change, see current list and full details. Available to eligible customers. $5 Daily Charge is in addition to minimum monthly spend. For all postpaid plans, once your included data, Hotspot Data (available on Ultra+ Plans), or Max Speed data (as applicable for your plan) is exhausted, additional data will be automatically added at a charge of $5/GB ($0.005/MB) (“Additional Data”). Additional Data expires at the end of your billing month, is not shareable and can only be used while in $5 Roaming countries. Prepaid services need to add a Prepaid Roaming Add-On. Opt-out at any time, visit My Vodafone or call 1555. All roaming services subject to network availability.
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