I had never heard the term iPhoneography before December. You mean people are taking amazing photographs with their iPhones, AND they have a name for that? Curious, I looked into this. Oh. My. There are some stunning photos out there.
I’ve always been an SLR purist. If I wanted to take good photos, I’d grab my Canon. I wanted as little post processing as possible. Raw captures.
After seeing some really cool stuff being done with iPhones, I decided to take a 366 (leap year) Photo challenge using just my iPhone. I figured the best way to learn was to play. Daily. Mostly. Somehow it seemed okay to have fun with the photos, too. Enter post processing coolness.
Now there is a TON of apps and gear out there. I do plan on learning more and growing as an iPhoneographer as well as a regular photographer, but for now, I’ve only used the Camera+ app which I highly recommend. I take my photo and process it all within this app. I haven’t even explored all the features yet.
These two photos were taken from the exact same spot. In the second shot, I zoomed in, and used a different filter altering the feel of the photo a little.
The wonderful thing about iPhoneography is the convenience of having a camera that fits in your pocket, is almost always with you, and can result in gorgeous photos.
You can also take photos on the sly by learning how to shoot while appearing to be texting, or maybe even shooting from your hip – something I hope to try soon. Shooting on the sly helps you capture more natural photos. How many times do you go to take a picture of someone, and they suddenly become all shy or a cheesy grin pops out?
Or maybe you want to capture some urban life shots. Learning to shoot in various ways (like from your hip), will allow you to capture real life moments from more interesting angles, or without seeming invasive.
Technology is always improving, and I imagine the phone cameras will only get better as we go. Grab an app, and play around. See what your phone can do.
There are also communities like Instagram where you can share photos with others who love this form of photography. It’s wonderful to get feedback, but also to be inspired by some talented photographers. Most of all, have fun, and capture life.
adj. Of, relating to, or consisting of photography or a photograph.
Photography – the thrill of capturing that perfect shot; the agony of missing it. Let’s share our photos, processed or not, along with informative or inspiring posts about photography, iPhoneography, photographers, post processing…anything related to capturing life through the lens.