Norm and I recently took a one-week vacation to hang out with friends at the coast, and to visit with my dad and step-mom there as well. I took my “good” camera and got some nice photos, and I also was out and about with just my iPhone at times. This blog shares some iPhone captures.
My intent here is to show the range of photos one can take with an camera phone. So the rules I followed were that I could only use the editor I get when I tap “Edit” while looking at my photo on my iPhone or Mac. Which is to say the usual gamut of cropping, contrast, color balance, saturation, etc. that is available to everyone else with an iPhone or Mac. Point being, anyone can take pics like this. You just gotta let your phone see cool stuff. 🙂
Yes, the technical quality of the images is lower than I get with a DSLR, but I don’t let that deter me from capturing the moment and the beauty of the world around me when my DSLR isn’t handy.
The Big Picture
The easiest thing to do is to let my iPhone see what I see. I take a photo of something beautiful that catches my eye at head height, level horizon, with the camera’s wide angle lens. Everything is generally in focus for shots like this. It’s great for capturing beautiful scenery.
I find that adding something in the foreground of a landscape gives an image extra interest. I like the cracked texture of this rock, as well as the texture of the sand that’s clinging to its sides. The rest of the sand on the beach is relatively smooth by contrast, and the moody sky and grassy dunes add interest in the background.
Often I try to show interesting things in such a way that you see them clearly, and also get a sense for the context that they are in. If I’m up close, this can sometimes mean the background is out of focus. This can be a nice effect, as it tells the eyes of the viewer where to look.
Sometimes my favorite images happen when I focus on the details. . . patterns, textures, or little things up close. I look closer than I normally do and find delight.
Because the iPhone has a wide angle lens, you have to get close. . . really close. Closer than you think you do. See that sand shrimp down there? I had to get right up in his grill! As in, if he’d a been a spider. . . forgetaboutit!!
Hot tip: If you are shooting for those real close shots like that of my shrimpy little friend, tap your screen where you want the focus to be then quickly take your shot. . . otherwise your phone is likely to default to focus on the background.
Okay, thanks for taking a walk with me on the beach. I had a great time finding treasures to capture with my phone, and I hope you’ll pull yours out and find your own!