OK, Cats and Kitties.
It’s True Confessions Time.
I’ve been shooting as a Pro Photographer now for 21 years.
I have a bag full of ridiculously expensive Camera Gear.
(*I won’t mention any brand names like Canon of course, or 4 L Series Lenses and a Zeiss Distagon), Flash Meters, Studio Lighting, Location Lighting, Stands, Reflectors and the list drags on….
But lately, I’m highly addicted to iPhoneography, which is really a generic term like ‘Google This ‘, Bandaid or Xerox.
From the good people at Wikipedia:
iPhoneography is an art of creating photos with an Apple iPhone. It’s a style of mobile photography that differs from other forms of digital photography in that images are shot and processed on the iOS device. It does not matter whether a photo is edited using different graphics applications or not. However, this issue is often argued over among iPhone photographers.
iPhoneography has grown quickly since the original iPhone 2G with its 2 megapixel camera was released in 2007. As the iPhone cameras improved in both resolution and image quality, more professional photographers ventured into this art form and started recognizing the value of an iPhone image. The New York Times published a summer series of reportages using Instagram in August, 2011. The photographer Damon Winter won prizes for his Hipstamatic photos of the war in Afghanistan.
Why the attraction?
1.) You don’t see it now. You see it RIGHT now.
2.) It’s always available. You don’t need Wi-Fi or even Cell service.
A very nice addition to your ‘In flight’ package.
3) The virtual circus of available image processing apps can give you results ranging from the sublime to the totally ridiculous and…
4.) It’s INSTANTLY Publishable.
Just as a note:
The new Nokia 808 Pure View Phone sports the following mind numbing specs.
41MP sensor, Carl Zeiss lens, PureView imaging technology and Full HD video
One of the unwritten beauties of this type of shooting is that it really doesn’t matter.
Get the shot? Good
Miss the shot, there’s always another one at arm’s length.
There are so many great Apps available in the iTunes Store and I have over a dozen different ones on my creaky old iPhone 4, but for my money?
SNAPSEED by Nik Software is head and shoulders above the rest.
Google, I’m sure, would agree.
They gobbled it up like Facebook absorbed Instagram.
It’s certainly not the cheapest app in the house at $4.99, but it will give you exceptional quality, borders, grunge, black and white, tilt-shift, white balance, vintage looks and the list goes on and on.
One thing I like a great deal about Snapseed is that is doesn’t crop your image into a square, like Instagram or Hipstamatic.
You lose an awful lot of real estate that way, even though I love shooting square having been a very happy Hasselblad owner in the 80’s and 90’s.
If you shoot square you really ought to compose in a square.
Your phone doesn’t do it quite like that.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been reading the works and admiring the images of Dewitt Jones.
If you’re smart enough to friend him, tell him Sharpeshots sent you.
He does some remarkably beautiful work.
Both Snapseed and Dewitt Jones are Highly Recommended.