I’ve recently been trying out different photo editing apps that allow you to edit and create special effects with photos taken on an iPhone (or other smart phone). While I still lug my heavy professional camera gear every where I go, there are times when such gear is overkill or otherwise inconvenient. And this is where an iPhone camera can come in handy. With 8 megapixels on the iPhone 4S camera, and the cool effects you can apply to your photos using apps like Instragram and Snapseed, you can create unique and fun photos with a lightweight and easy to use camera.
Have you ever caught your dog(s) in a cute pose and then realized your camera was upstairs in a drawer, and by the time you retrieved it, the photo opportunity was over? This happens to me a lot. But I often have my iPhone in my pocket while I’m inside the house and found it’s a great way to quickly capture those canine Kodak moments. In this photo, I caught Daisy and Charlie snuggling on a dog bed together (processed in Instagram):
You know as well as I do that I would have missed that big smile on Daisy’s face if I took the time to grab my fancy camera and adjust the settings. The iPhone camera is perfect for such occasions.
It’s easy to slip my iPhone in my pocket while I’m throwing the tennis ball in the back yard for the dogs. Here are Daisy and Webster enjoying their tennis balls. Daisy’s photo was processed in Instagram and Webster’s photo was processed in Snapseed:
I also take my iPhone when I’m walking my dogs (can’t take the heavy camera gear and manage 3 dogs too!). I got this cute photo of Charlie on one of his walks; the special effects were applied using Instagram:
And yesterday at the vet, I met this adorable puppy. After taking his photo with my iPhone, I processed the photo in Snapseed:
The photos I’ve featured here are using only basic features in Instagram and Snapseed, however much, much more is possible. There are some iPhoneographers doing amazing, artsy work with their iPhone cameras and the wide variety of photo editing apps that are available. I have just started experimenting myself, but if you want to learn more, I have found these sites helpful for information and inspiration:
Website all about iPhoneography.
Flickr group showcasing amazing iPhone photo art.
Tutorial with step by step instructions for creating artsy effects using multiple apps.
I plan to integrate my iPhone camera into my work, so stay tuned for more iPhoneography fun on the Doggone Artsy blog.