by Richard Riehle
One of the interesting advantages to having an iPhone is that it has a camera, and even more importantly, you can load some photo editing apps onto this camera. As a consequence I see that the iPhone (camera) has a potentially special role in furthering artistic photography.
There are plenty of very good, very accurate digital cameras out there. This has led to a boom in people taking what are (as I see) some incredibly high resolution, color corrected, multi-megapixel snapshots… In essence, just because you have a high quality tool, it doesn’t mean that the results are worth looking at (in their high resolution glory).
The iPhone (camera) is only 3 mega pixel (at least in my ever aging 3GS), and it does not have any special tools, exposure control, or even a decent zoom. This simplicity can be quite a dose of freedom, in that you only have to use your eyes, then point and shoot. There are some means to edit your shots on the camera. This is possibly a revolutionary advantage in smart-phones in general; this changes the action to taking a photograph, into a potential multistage event.
I have several apps I use, I can take HDR photos, and I have I have a couple photo editors (such as a slimmed down (freeware) version of adobe Photoshop). I have two different apps which allow me to take panorama photos.
Here are a few links to showcase some other iPhone photographers works, and some resources in this new lofi means to capturing the world around us:
The Art of iPhone Photography
IPhone street photography
How to Shoot Better iPhone HDR Photos
Finally, if you are really interested, I have a Posterous Photo Blog of a few of my random shots in the last couple of months (on the menu bar above…).