OK. You know I am not really serious, yeah? There is however a serious point behind the title.
Sometimes when we over self indulge in something we enjoy – I leave it up to you to fill in the blank(s), there can be a tendency to blame it on some external “evil” force. In this case my new and shiny iPhone 4S is just such a force and it feels a whole lot better to blame my latest rash of snap happy shots on it, rather than on my own rediscovered joy of just taking the picture and not worrying about anything technical.
Of course it is true that a modern dslr will take a vastly superior picture in terms of technical statistics and could probably be easily used to make enlargements to cover billboards, but there is a certain charm to just taking the picture and having done with it. The truly great thing about using an iPhone app to power your photography is that all the usual post processing is done right in the “camera”.
Having recently completed a shoot for a touring theatre group after which I needed to sort and post process over 600 images the immediacy of a cameraphone is certainly appealing. While I really enjoyed shooting Circus of Horrors, the resulting PP backlog was a problem. Life right now is a bit busy all round and the ability to just “point and shoot” is a welcome change of pace.
Right now I am working my way through the various apps that are available for photography on the iPhone and I will of course let you know which ones are good and bad in a later post. Right now I can say that instagram is an excellent little app that adds a few features to your camera, is a free download and file sharing site for your errr masterpieces all in one. Another favourite right now is Camera+ which again adds a number of features that the iPhone does not natively do, but it is not free. Camera+ is currently available for download at £1.49 ($2 in the U.S. I think). It is well worth the money.
Really looking forward to going out and about to do some street photography over the next few weeks, but for now I guess you want to see a few recent images taken with the phone, so here we go. Hope you like them.
Added what the app calls “clarity” and some colour boost. I like the wacky colours, don’t hurt me please!
And here is one for the Goths/Emo-philes out there. Not often you see a spiders web as clearly as this. The sunlight shining on the frost on the web made it look like a network of jewels.
Expect more iPhone pics over the coming weeks, (I told you iPhones are evil!) but I promise to get back to serious photography soon.