#iPhoneography Tips & Tricks
Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, March 16, 2015
The iPhone is a simple, though powerful tool. It’s ease of operation often belies the sophisticated mathematical and computer algorithms which undergird it’s operations. The integrated movie and still camera is one of the iPhone’s highlights, and Apple, Inc. makes every opportunity to improve the images the camera produces.
Quite honestly, the iPhone is perhaps my favorite creative imaging tool… as you may likely attest, if you’ve been following my photo stream for any time. There are very few things the iPhone can do that my Nikon DSLR cannot. There are a few features on the iPhone which the Nikon does not have, and vice versa. One is the Nikon’s ability to create RAW images, whereas the iPhone creates only JPEG images. By the same token, the iPhone has a “Burst” mode, whereas the Nikon does not. And I’ve been able to obtain images with my iPhone that my Nikon could never get, such as bluebird hatchlings in their nest box.
The diminutive size of the iPhone belies it’s strength, and the ubiquitous modern smartphone with integrated camera is now so commonplace that it’s difficult – if not impossible – to find a smartphone without an integrated camera feature.
One would imagine that a software-driven camera such as the modern high-dollar DSLR is, would have more features incorporated into it than it does already. And yet, it appears that only Sony has taken such a matter under consideration and incorporated those numerous features into their α (Alpha) series mirrorless DSLR cameras.
Part of the beauty of any smartphone is the practical ease with which it enables or empowers us to communicate – with text, with images, and more.
Some note with a sense of frustration and consternation, that increasingly, smartphone manufacturers do not include operating instructions with their premiere products, and unfortunately, such is also the case with Apple. It’s not that such instructions do not exist, but that those details are often hidden.
So while the ease of operations of the iPhone and other smartphone cameras have put photography within reach of almost everyone (remember, that was Kodak’s goal with their “Brownie” and “Instamatic” model cameras of years gone by), it remains the case that not everyone knows how to obtain a good image using their smartphone.
And that was precisely the case which inspired me to create this image and to share it with you.
A long-time friend had posted some images which appeared quite blasé, and poorly created. I inquired about the tool he used to create them, to which he replied that he used iPhone, and made the images around dusky dark… the veritable “blue hour” or Twilight Zone.
Since possessing a powerful tool is no guarantee that one knows how to use it, I surmised what he had done, and created this image to assist and improve his efforts. He replied that my supposition was correct, which reinforced my desire to assist him.
Perhaps this may help you, too!