Photographers have many moments where we dream about cyborg quality cameras embedded in our eyeballs to catch the moments we miss because a camera isn’t close by.
After several years of capturing memories with my iPhone, I’ve learned to respect it. And I’m a bit of a snob with my 1D Mark ii. I think it only fitting to share some iPhoneography love. I love to see work by other photographers. Please comment and share yours!
1. Photographers Know The Best Camera is the One That’s With You
It’s always nearby. So close, it’s nearly an appendage. If I could graft it onto my body, I probably would. Maybe it’s the next generation of body mod/art. Photographers say all the time, the best camera is the one you HAVE.
While I have the option, I do not lug my 1DS Mark ii around the house or to parties. I get way too much attention with that thing. (Especially attached to my SpiderHolster.)
2. A Rolling Photographer Gathers No Moss
(I hate moss. It’s pretty, but gross to touch. So not gathering it is a plus for me.)
Photographers, take a break from your office or studio. Changing scenes boosts creativity and cures the doldrums. You can shoot and use awesome apps to edit while you’re on the go. I have several photography apps that I use to tweak photos and find the iPhone process a sweet little vacay from Photoshop and the monotony of my office.
The apps are designed with the iPhone’s camera and calibration so they do a better job with less work than importing iPhone pics to Lightroom. Exception: when I need to correct the wide angle lens distortion, I pull it into Lightroom and they have a lens profile for it!
3. Video is King of Memory Making
I know the 5D and 7D have HD video that I can’t wait to play with. But again, I’m not going to bring one of those large cameras everywhere. The iPhone (4 and up) has HD video and you can buy iMovie to edit on the go. Many a childhood milestone of the Bub was recorded on my trusty iPhone. We own a Flip, but I have no idea where it is and it’s never charged when we need it.
4. You Can Touch the Photographer’s Precious
Photographers don’t like handing our work cameras to other people for shots of us. Some of us HATE it. And not just because we’re terrified you’ll drop it. We lose control of the entire situation. Our cameras are an extension of our bodies. It’s another sense like sight and sound. Take it away and it’s like you’ve trapped us in a dark deprivation chamber. Then we freeze because we’re not sure what angle you’re holding it at, how to pose or how the light is hitting us.
But my iPhone with it’s Otterbox Defender is perfectly safe and appropriate to hand to others to grab shots of me actually LIVING my life.
5. The Best Lipstick Mirror EVAH for Glamour Girls AND Photographers
The flip around camera on the iPhone solves the problem of #6. (Breathe, Photographers!) We get back in control. We can see the framing, the lighting, and pose ourselves into a flattering shot. (I HATE unflattering photography. Wether I’m the subject or not.)
And you’ll never find a better way to apply lipstick.
6. It helps cure Invisible Photographer Syndrome
We can easily shoot, edit and upload funky self-pics of ourselves and families to document our lives. I’m making a conscious effort to be more present in photos for my family and friends, so having an easy to use self-camera is infinitely precious.
7. Revolutionary Photo Journalism
The increased resolution and ability to capture high quality snaps is already revolutionizing the news industry. Many news outlets have multiple ways for the average citizen to upload and share images. This photo was from one of the terrible fires Colorado faced this summer. One of the ways we checked in on each other and got news out was through photo sharing.
This is Boulder, CO being descended upon by an angel or a phoenix rising from the ashes.
My friend (and amazing writer) Aimee Markwardt has been breaking new ground in mobile journalism using iPhones and iPads. Pretty cool stuff.
8. Cure Photographer’s Creative Block
Nothing beats a creative block like changing up your tools. Even professional photographers get tired of things day to day. I find that letting myself make artistic mistakes and focusing on just capturing the moment opens me up to new creative options. You can’t beat the fun apps that make instant changes to exposure, clarity and saturation.
Obviously my iPhone has been used to catch the moments that may have been missed because a camera wasn’t handy. What are your favorite tools and apps to capture your moments?
P.S. – Every photo featured here was taken and edited on my iPhone 4 or 5. (Yes, I am an Apple addicted sheep and fully own it. Baa.)