Posted on | January 10, 2013 | 4 Comments
As mentioned in the previous blog post, I received an iPhone 5 for Christmas so I have been spending some time experimenting with mobile phone photography, or “iPhoneography” for those who are too hip to call it photography. The image quality from the iPhone 5 kind of took me by surprise so I didn’t expect to be using the phone as a creative outlet but I’m glad that I have it now because I’m hooked! The image quality is not on-par with my regular cameras but it is good enough to share on the internet.
There is no shortage of photo-related apps out there so I’ve downloaded all of the popular ones as suggested to me by people on Twitter and others to get a feel for how they can help me to realize my creative vision. I’ve since deleted most of them since they were either redundant or poorly-executed. Here are the photo apps that I’ve still currently got on my phone:
Camera+ - this is the app I’ve used the most so far. I like that it has an electronic bubble-level on the screen to help your keep your images straight. There is also the ability to zoom in though you probably don’t want to go overboard with this since it achieves “digital zoom” by cropping the file. In the end, you’re left with watercolor-like detail rather than sharpness if you zoom too much.
Hipstamatic - what I like about Hipstamatic is the square format and the retro-styled rendering of photos. This is probably my favorite image-making app so far. It is interesting to note, and rather controversially, that Damon Winter from the New York Times won a Pictures of the Year International award for his coverage of Afghanistan using the Hipstamatic app.
Camera Awesome - seems similar to Camera+, so I haven’t used this one much. Developed by SmugMug, which is a popular photo and web hosting company for photographers.
Instagram – primarily a photo sharing app for mobile devices, it also has camera and filter processing capabilities.
Snapseed - Google recently purchased this company so it will be interesting to see what comes of it. The image processing capabilities in this app are perhaps the best of the bunch.
PhotoToaster Jr. - an interesting app with some rather extreme filters. Good for situational use.
Flickr - I have also been posting my mobile phone photos to Flickr. What I like about Flickr is that you can post your images as is, whereas Instagram crops your images to a square format.
What are your thoughts on mobile phone photography?