Tech Tuesday: The burgeoning art of iPhoneography

14 Jun

I think it’s fair to say we all share the sentiment that the iPhone (even for those who don’t have one) was revolutionary. For more reasons than just one – it completely reshaped the way we think about a mobile device. Well, for some photographers, it has also reshaped the way they think about photography. And if you really think about it, I’m sure in some way, it has done the same for you. With all the amazing apps out there that help us create more captivating images than ever thought possible with a camera phone, who wouldn’t think about how to turn it into a craft of it’s own?

Glyn Evans Founder of iPhoneography, and Editor of the iPhoneography blog, the worlds #1 iPhone photography website.

Take iPhoneography. Here’s a blog entirely devoted to iPhone imagery featuring artists that take the medium very seriously. iPhoneographers share their experiences with iPhone camera apps and showcase (in most cases) the AMAZING images they are able to create with them. Images on this site will blow your mind – and seriously make you question whether they were truly taken with an iPhone. There is even a free forum for folks to share ideas, comments and questions about achieving cool photo results with the featured apps.

(Even if you don’t find this concept worthy of press, at the very least, you can browse the imagery and check out what’s new in the iphone app library and test them out for yourself.)

Beyond the ambition to elevate camera phone technology to a reputable genre, pro-photogs are using apps like Instagram and Hipstamatic, two totally awesome digital apps with an analog feel, to communicate their brand on social networking sites. In particular, Instagram, an app built specifically to link directly to your Facebook, Twitter and Flickr accounts, makes it effortless to snap a cool, stylized photo on the go and post it to your online presence. I, myself, use this technique to not only stay connected with my clients and “followers”, but more importantly to try to show how I see life through a lens everywhere I go. I love the convenience of being able to make a photograph no matter where I am – whether in the middle of mundane daily tasks or spending time off the photog-clock with family and friends – because you never know when you just might see something worth capturing… such as these:

 

(That last image holds a special place in my heart…)

I know I have joked in the past about shooting a wedding exclusively with an iPhone. And I’m sure I’m not the only one who has considered the absurd notion. The truth is, we’re probably not far off from someone taking this challenge by the horns and making it a reality – opening up a whole new realm of possibility with little, accessible technology.

How do you use your iPhone camera?  Have you seen someone making “iPhoneography” work for them? Tell us about it!

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3 Responses to “Tech Tuesday: The burgeoning art of iPhoneography”

  1. Katie Bradford Osborne June 14, 2011 at 6:06 pm #

    The anit-equipment girl in me LOVES this!! I also love that while I still hear photographers (not you guys!) whining occasionally about the availability of their cameras and the ease of taking at the very least a decent picture on the green box no matter who you are, others are taking something as widespread as the iPhone Hipstamatic app and making art out of it. It’s a nice feeling. No matter how many rich Uncle Bobs in the world come to the wedding with your same camera and maybe even better glass, it’s all in the artist- not the equipment- to create the gorgeous stuff that makes us stand out! Is there a way to make a gallery that others can add to, like on Facebook or somewhere? I would just love to see Photobetties’ iPhone art!

    • jennawalcott June 14, 2011 at 6:15 pm #

      KBO! I just added one of your hipstas that goes down as my favorite to this post. I would love a place we could do a PB iPhone gallery. Maybe the new twitter photo gallery or flickr?

  2. isabel June 16, 2011 at 3:29 pm #

    hahaha…Sophie the bird on the internet. LOVE it!
    I heart my iphone and all the photography apps…I’m sooo tempted to shoot a wedding with my iphone. But, for right now, I’ve only done a select few throughout the wedding day and I send them off to my couples. They LOVE it!

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