“The best camera is the one that’s with you.” Chase Jarvis
I really want to learn more about iPhoneography. This art of capturing images, editing and sharing them using an iPhone, in my case a 4S, is obsessing millions. I too have been experimenting with a raft of amazing apps. Organising these apps into folders (Lightroom 1-3, Camera 1-2 etc.) for ease of access has really assisted me to work quickly and now can shoot, edit and share online in minutes (although this is probably not the best way to ensure a quality image it is really fun and immediate).
Here’s an example of what is in my current, main editing folder.
The diverse range of photographers using their iPhone camera is increasing for a range of reasons, not least being the excellence of apps for editing or to improve shooting. One can understand the advantages of this mobile technology for all kinds of photographers, casual, amateur and professional, including those documenting civil strife and war. It is very quick and easy to edit and dispatch back to an editor or upload online. There is quite simply endless options to enhance and be creative.
Instagram became omnipresent in 2012 but there’s a goldmine of tools that provide genuinely excellent editing and sharing options. My favourite is Snapseed but there are many more excellent tools, it is just a matter of finding the right ones for the job at hand. Do you want to take a macro or landscape panorama? What photographic era do you wish to recreate? What, simply put, will enhance your creativity? Here are a few apps I have tried this year (or will this month) that assist you to share and store images online, create HDR, stitch panoramas, adding all kinds of filters and special effects:
Instagram Magic Hour Tiny Planets Diptic Adobe Photoshop Express Adobe Revel (storage) TiltShiftGen SketchMee PicFX FilterStorm Panorama Photosynth Pano Colour Splash Photo Toaster Pro HDR Cinemagram*
Here’s the best of my camera apps, performing a wide variety of tricks, that you may want to check out:
Other iPhoneography resources
Trey Ratcliff has the 100 Cameras in 1 app he developed which will undoubtedly have more filters next year. This blog is also a good source of updated info about iPhoneography, as is this site. Big World Little Lens is worth reading. Lynda.com has a brief series of tutorials too. You can scroll through the ‘photo & video’ tag at the Australian app store to explore for hours many, many more apps here (or at the UK link or US link).
Flickr is an endlessly fascinating and diverse source of imagery and has more iPhone images than any other kind of upload. Here are some great Flickr iPhoneography groups.
Gary Poulton has some inspiring iPhoneography images at his Flickr page. Flickr, even in an era of Instagram, is still a favourite place to store, share and display my photos too. I think it is interesting someone like Gary, who has exemplary skills with high-end tools like Adobe Photoshop, is enamoured with his iPhone and apps. I note that his skills clearly translate into quality images. What’s your workflow for some of those iPhone shots, Gary?
I have considered Olloclip, a clip-on fisheye, wide-angle and macro lens in one for iPhone but have not yet tried the gadget which looks useful, interesting and fun. (Update: just ordered one). Here’s a dozen or so other cool accessories for your iPhone to enhance shooting. NB I do clearly suffer from GAS, a backronym that stands for Gear Acquisition Syndrome but every man needs a hobby ; )
What apps, techniques or experiences have you had using an iPhone to shoot, edit and share images?
* Just change the au in the URL to a gb for the British access to the app store or a us if American etc.