17 January 2012

Iphoneography - Now I always have a camera...

Let's be honest. I'm probably one of the last people under the age of 60 to buy a smart phone. Up until about a month and a half ago, my phone was only really capable of making calls and sending text messages. It didn't even do that very well. So, about early December, I broke down and bought an Iphone 4.

One of the things that really swayed me into this phone, of course, was the camera and photo applications with it. Once I had the phone in-hand though, I wasn't quite sure about it. Most of the time I completely forgot I even had a "camera" with me. When I did remember, I found most of the applications lacking the control I wanted and the resulting photos to be a bit lack luster. Over the past couple weeks though... I think I've gotten used to it.

I would go as far as to say that I almost treat my phone more like  a portable camera now than a do a phone. I like the ability to be able to shoot anywhere at anytime, and, like any other camera, it has it's unique little quirks that make you look at, consider and shoot a little differently than you would with an alternate camera in-hand. Obviously this camera still isn't a DSLR, the filters are most often inaccurate to the film processes they mimic, and there is still a lack of control for me in certain aspects of shooting and editing. However, it is fun, the photos have a decent quality to them and it gives me one more way to do something I enjoy, which is to take photos no matter the method.

So far in my early goings with the Iphoneography craze I've been mainly using a combination of the Camera+ and Instagram apps. I've even started to get into stacking filters a bit by saving and reimporting multiple iterations of photos to give me another level of control with the editing and grading of the photos. I would love to find some more applications that are worthwhile for both shooting and editing photos right on my phone. If anyone out there has any suggestions or preferred methods please feel free to leave your thoughts and ideas in the comments of this post.

I will try to keep my Iphone photos here on the blog to a minimum (like the rest of my digital photography) but I can make no guarantees considering the amount of photos I will inevitably take and want to share. In the meantime, if you'd like to keep track you can always follow my account studiotim on Instagram... which I hope will also lead me to a few new people to follow.


  1. Welcome to iphoneography! Obviously you've caught on immediately! Not surprising given your great eye. In addition to the apps you mentioned I use Snapseed and Slow Shutter. Just 2 more options, they all have different strengths. I'll look for you on IG. My screen name there is elisainreallife. Enjoy.

    1. Thanks for the suggestions, I'll check those out.

  2. Another one to add to the list, which gives you that extra layer in stacking is PhotoToaster. I use it between Camera + and Instagram so as to circumvent saving and reopening. I like the original format as well.
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