(Disclaimer: All photos on this post were taken with my iphone. I apologise right now…)
You may have noticed, I quite like photos. Oh ok I’m obsessed with photos. I LOVE it when people take photos, display photos, care more about taking photos and displaying photos. And I love nothing better than a good look at other people’s photos (unless its a look at my own photos :D)
So i am all in favour of the new trend in iphoneography. The accessibility of cameras on mobile phones means more people are capturing the special moments in heir lives, enjoying the world of photography – and some will then go on to try and improve their photos and their skills. In my mind that’s got to be a good thing.
For me though – my photos with my phone are terrible. I have tried over and over to improve them – but am always sadly disappointed with them. I have rad up some wonderful articles on “how to”, I have installed all the apps I find recommended (the ones I come back to over and over are camera+ for taking th photos and snapseed for editing) but still…the photos are nothing worth writing home about.
This month I joined a “blog circle” where each month a topic is set, the ladies involved write a blog post on that topic and the idea is that readers can go see all the different takes on the subject as each person’s blog links to the next. This month’s topic was “phone photos”. So this month I tried again to master the art.
I would LOVE to be able to take good pics with my phone. The fact it is always with me, is so unobtrusive to take out and shot with, th instant access to post on the internet from the phone – oh the possibilities are wonderful. If only I could take a photo worth keeping.
So for what its worth. Here are some thoughts from my attempts…
1. I have a “lifeproof” case on my phone so the kids can drop it and not damage it. My phone is used more as a game than a camera. But the case HAD to go in order to get anything decent.
2. People photos are not so good. People photos indoors are even worse. The good news is, photos like this can be quickly deleted.
3. Take the case off, turn the flash off and use some snapseed effects and you can get something more worth keeping (if you are desperate!). The colours can often look odd so changing to sepia or black and white can mask those imperfections…and make the poor image quality look “vintage” 😉
4. Photos outdoors where the light is good and there is less emphasis on detail work much better
6. Occasionally – as with the first photo on this post, a photo “happens” which is a keeper. Sometimes it even breaks the “indoors photos of people don’t work well” guide too…and makes me think if there is no other option around, it is ALWAYS worth trying to capture the moment with the phone camera. The best camera is the one you have with you…
If you have any hints and tips for phone photos – please do let me know. I would love to improve. In the meantime for more thoughts on phone photography why not do a quick trip around my new blog circle and start by going to see Mindy’s blog here– she is FAR more proficient with her iphone than I am and is amazing at those indoor portraits. Proving it CAN be done…and that I need to keep practising!