So, the most recent photography fad is iPhoneography. Everyone always took pictures with there phones, but as more and more apps are being made, people are realizing the beauty of photography apps. As the photography apps became more used and well known, and photographers became aware of them iPhoneography was born. Now, you may ask, what counts as iPhoneography? Well, honestly, there is no real definition for what makes a photo taken by an iPhone just a normal snap shot, or actualy iPhoneography. I believe, for something to be iPhoneography worthy, there must be an artistic element in the photo that causes viewers to go “Now that is an interesting photo!”. You can’t just snap a picture of your dog and call it iPhoneography.
So I got an iPod touch for my birthday and instantly began looking at the app store. I searched through loads of photography apps to find the ones that I liked the best. Surprisingly, there are actually a lot of free apps that work the same if not better than .99 cent apps. Now I know I actually take pictures with an iPod not an iPhone, but they are pretty much the same. I believe the only main difference between them is that an iPod may not have as good quality as an iPhone. Oh well, I deal. Here are some of my favorite photography apps, in order:
1) Hipstamatic. I absolutely love this app, and it was one of the first photography apps I purchased. Yes, it is one of the more “expensive” apps, but I think it is worth it. You are able to switch out flashes, lenses, and films to determine how you want your photo to look. When you first buy the app it comes with a couple flashes, films, and lenses that you can switch between. After playing with those a bit, you can go to the store and buy packages of different lenses and such. I love the different combinations you can make and different effects that come out of it. I really recommend this app if you like the look that plastic cameras give photos.
2) Photosynth. This is a free app! And it is absolutely amazing. DO NOT waste your money on a panorama app in the store, because this one is better than any ones you can buy. I have gotten amazing panorama shots with this app and it is super easy to use. Just get it, it’s free so there really is nothing to lose.
3) Camera +. This one costs money, but is worth it. The camera provides grid lines (optional) so that you can properly line up your photo. It also provides a variety of effects and borders. What I really love about this app is that you can change the White Balance. If you are taking a photo at sunset, they have a premade setting for you. Shade, inside, concert, food, night, etc. They have it all. You can also add these effects to any photo you wish. Along with all this, it comes with a stabilizer, timer, and burst shot.
I have a lot more apps that I love, but those are my top three. If you want to become part of a community of photographers, you might want to try Instagram. It is pretty much a facebook for photographers. Upload your photos into the feed, check out other peoples photos. “Subscribe” to amazing photographers so that they show up on your news feed. All that stuff. Anywho, here is some of my iPhoneography (iPodography?).
So, what are your thoughts on iPhoneography? Dumb fad? Fun hobby? Great invention? Share your thoughts and favorite apps! Also, if anyone else has a blog post on iPhoneography, just post the link here. I’ll check it out, and if I really like it, I’ll feature it. :)