9 Interesting Perspectives on the Art of iPhone Photography

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The digital world of photography has slowly and naturally created an entirely new category of art, and the new craze that is instagram has skyrocketed mobile photography to a whole new level of cool. Everyone seems to be doing it, even photographing what they ate for dinner as if we are all just dying to know. What is great about this is that a whole new world of photographic art, one that was born with the first mobile camera phone, has gotten more attention lately and more people are doing it, causing it to become popular and well respected, we call it iPhone photography, or iphoneography.


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The iPhone’s impressive camera capabilities have yet to really be matched by any other phone manufacturers, so it has indeed taken on a life of its own (though some people do the same type of art with other phones). The possibilities really are endless, and people are finding different perspectives and methods everyday for their iPhone photography. The beautiful thing about the internet is that we share these tips and tricks with one another every single day, there is always something new that we can find to enhance our own creative endeavors. Below is a list of some of the resources available online to give you a new perspective on your iPhone photography.

  1. iPhoneography- “It’s all about shooting, editing, and sharing with an iPhone”. This website is run like a blog, but also has an archive, forum, and an associated Flickr group, “Through the Lens of an iPhone“. What is important to note here is that this website does not offer any specific tutorials, but a combination of reviews, critiques, ‘best of the web’ types of posts, and much more. The information available to help you achieve new and interesting perspectives for your own iPhone photography really is endless. Just viewing the shared photos and the pictures included in the Flickr group will surely inspire you. There is some really compelling stuff to pique your interest.
  2. Chase Jarvis on iPhone Photography- That’s right, Chase Jarvis walks you through iPhone photography in this video. What is unique about this particular video, is that he is not telling you to do it this certain way, or trying to sell you some tip or trick. What he emphasizes is that while your expensive camera might be a better camera, the best camera is the one that is on you at the time. The beauty of iPhone photography is capturing the moment. Jarvis also tells us that the automatic shutter speed of the iPhone can be used to work for you instead of against you. It is easy to create very cool abstract images by playing on the cameras weaknesses.
  3. iPhone Photography: A Fresh Perspective – This blog literally focuses on iPhone photography and perspective. Some tips included are: get closer to your subject, look for details, and give it some depth. There are photo comparisons included that show how easily these small changes can make a big impact on the final photograph. These may seem like beginner tips and tricks, but it is surprising how much people do not understand the concept of perspective, depth of field, and rule of thirds.
  4. Zen & The Art of iPhone Street Photography – Here, we get a very interesting perspective on iPhone photography, specifically on the street, with oblivious people. This little gem addresses the moral dilemma of taking somebody else’s photograph without their permission, and also gives 20 tips and tricks for mobile street photography.
  5. Layering, Masking, and Blending – This is a really neat tutorial on creating surreal layered photography. Included are step by step instructions and the recommended apps used. This takes a lot of time and effort, but the outstanding final result is remarkable. How cool! Just goes to show that the number one rule is to have fun with it.
  6. The iPhone and Macro Photography – Macro photography is the art of close up photography, and unfortunately the iPhone does have limitations on how close you can get before the lens will be unable to focus. However, this tutorial shows you how you can still create macro photography with the iPhone, even if you cannot get as close as you could with a high powered DSLR.
  7. Adventures in iPhone Photography: Intentional Camera Movement – If you are looking for something new, try playing with shutter speed. Now the iPhone does not allow you to do so, so you will have to download an app if you wish to be able to customize shutter speed for the purpose of taking advantage of ICM. Three different intentional camera movements make for three different results in the final image – horizontal (side to side) ICM, vertical (up and down) ICM, and Zoom (in and out) ICM. These all create a different type of intentional blur and almost gives the final photograph a new sort of texture.
  8. iPhone Photography School – There are a lot of really neat tutorials and tips available on this website, but this one focusing on the art of reflections was one of the most striking. Reflections are something very simple and easy to capture that can really have an impactful influence on a photograph. The combination of reflection and light in varying degrees can help create even more interesting artistic effects. Reflections are a natural beauty that can become the subject of very compelling photography.
  9. Turn on your imagination! – This tutorial is from Natali Prosvetova, whose iPhone art has been featured various places online and also at theRenaissanceFine Art & Design Gallery. Here she uses multiple completely unrelated photos and subject matter to create a very stunning and imaginative piece, starting with a simple street photo of a man walking purposefully, yet relaxed, enjoying a cigarette. The original photo is quite plain and unremarkable. With a small amount of editing, the end result is supercolorful, eye catching, and quite ingenius. Having an eye for design helps, but the various iPhone apps make it as simple as possible for almost anyone.

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Amber Ketchum
Amber is a professional photographer from Ohio. You can visit her on her website.

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