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10 of the Best iPhone Photographers [by Photo Style and Genre]

A Guest Post by Misho Baranovic – author of our new iPhone Photography eBook.

The iPhone has revolutionised the ability to shoot, edit and share your photographs on one device. For many photographers, both amateur and professional, this integrated process has given them the freedom to experiment both within and across photographic styles.

To show you what’s possible with the iPhone, we’ve put together a showcase of talented photographers who use the iPhone as part of their photographic process. The photographers are from all corners of the world and span different styles including: landscape, portraiture (self and street), nature and wildlife, architecture, travel, street photography (colour and black and white), conceptual and documentary.

Four of the photographers shown below (Robert-Paul Jansen, AikBeng Chia, Oliver Lang and Benedicte Guillon) are featured in our new iPhone Photography eBook. If you are interested in understanding not on the shooting and editing techniques, but also the motivation behind using an iPhone for photography – then the book is for you.

Portraiture – Jim Darling

Since picking up his very first camera over 25 years ago, Jim Darling has been drawn to the faces and stories of people he meets. According to Darling, “using just the iPhone and any number of great photography apps, the stranger/street portrait enters a whole new level. I love the spontaneity and the quick relationship that exists between me and the subject.”

Bill

Bryan and Ola

Teri

More of Jim Darling’s work can be found on his website.

Landscape – Robert-Paul Jansen

Robert-Paul Jansen is a Dutch photographer who uses an iPhone to take magical landscape photographs in the countryside around his home in the small village of Gemonde. Jansen started shooting on his iPhone because of convenience “the camera I always have in my pocket has shown me more small miracles, more tiny details, than I ever thought possible.”

There where fairies live

Swamped

No need to look further for love

You can find more of Jansen’s photography on his website.

Travel Photography – Benedicte Guillon (Paris, France)

Benedicte Guillon is masterful in her use of natural light to paint unique scenes, whether travelling the world or at home in Paris. According to Guillon, she uses an iPhone as part of her photographic process when travelling because it “allows me to feel my very first impressions when I arrive in a new place. The fact that it is the most compact camera I have makes me feel more comfortable shooting with it during the first days. I’m able to start exploring the area in a way that helps me to learn about people and the way they live.”

Eyep, Istanbul

Kadikoy, Istanbul

Essaouira Station, Morocco

More of Benedicte Guillon’s work can be found on her website.

Nature and Wildlife – Kaisa and Stanley Breeden

Kaisa and Stanley Breeden, based in tropical far-north Queensland, Australia, are usually known for their incredibly detailed focus stacking photography, as seen in their books Wildflower Country and Rainforest Country.  They have recently branched out into iPhoneography, inspired by the way the device and its many photography apps encourage people to look differently at the world around them.

Carpet Python

Gristle Fern

Docuna Rubropicta

More of Stanley and Kaisa Breeden’s work can be found on their website.

Conceptual – Richard ‘Koci’ Hernandez

Richard “Koci” Hernandez is a national Emmy® award-winning video and multimedia producer who worked as a photographer at the San Jose Mercury News for 15 years. In 2007 after taking his first mobile photograph, he was hooked on the medium’s potential and immediacy, “not only is it the camera in my hand, but it’s the printing press in my pocket and more importantly, with the rise of social networks like Instagram, it’s become my satellite dish in order to instantly transmit, globally. I can share my vision at the touch of a button and receive instant feedback”.

We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us. Winston Churchill

Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see. Martin Luther King Jr.

Depth must be hidden. Where? On the surface. Hugo von Hofmannsthal

More of Koci’s photography is available on his Flickr.

Colour Street Photography – Oliver Lang

Oliver Lang is a Sydney based street photographer. He shoots with a mobile phone for the convenience and connectivity.  He is also interested in participatory photography and the innovations that the connected culture of mobile photography is driving.

Hiding from the light, Market St, Sydney

Floating, Park Street, Sydney

Newtown, Sydney

You can find more of Oliver Lang’s work on his website.

Black and white street photography – Greg Schmigel

Greg Schmigel is not an iPhoneographer, rather a street photographer who happens to use an iPhone as his main camera of choice. Schmigel is inspired by a variety of photographers, both old and new, including: Garry Winogrand, Vivian Maier, Jules Aarons, Tim Cadman and many more. Schmigel was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1969, but has spent the majority of his life in and around the Washington, DC, Metropolitan area.

The Conversation

Pale Beauty

The Old Rabbi and his Keeper

You can find more of Greg Schmigel’s photography on his website.

Self-Portraiture – Klaudia Cechini

Klaudia Cechini is a Polish photographer who uses her iPhone for self-portraiture. Her images are often self-reflective; a visual expression of a personal emotion or feeling. Cechini notes that “It is about catching every day moments which fail to be expressed adequately by words”.

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More of Klaudia Cechini’s self-portraits can be found on her Flickr.

AikBeng Chia – Documentary

AikBeng Chia wanders the Singapore back streets at all hours of the day and night looking for interesting people, traditions, and stories. According to Chia, he uses his iPhone as part of his documentary photography because “it phone helps your subject to be at ease with you. Most of the people I meet are amazed and curious that I use such a small device to capture photos instead of a DSLR or a rangefinder”.

Here are three images from AikBeng Chia’s “Will you still love me tomorrow” series about the dying art of Chinese Street Opera in Singapore.

You can find more information on this series in this blog post. For more of AikBeng Chia’s photographs, visit his website.

Architecture – Dan Cole

Dan Cole is a Seattle-area photographer who is using his iPhone to take architectural photographs, which he shares on Instagram to his over 100,000 followers.

Dan was educated at the Art Institute of Seattle and University of Washington, and has worked as an artist in the game industry for over 14 years. He has been pursuing photography since 2005, and has been an engaged member of the Instagram community since October of 2010.

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You can find more of Dan Cole’s images on his website.

Are you taking photos with your iPhone as part of your photographic journey? We’d love you to share your photos in the comments below.

Inspired to learn how to use your iPhone to create beautiful images? Check out Misho’s iPhone Photography ebook (currently just $14.97 and 25% off for a limited time).

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  • http://blogs.gonomad.com/traveltalesfromindia/ Mridula

    Lovely picture indeed. But why only iPhone and not cell phone in general?

    http://blogs.gonomad.com/traveltalesfromindia/

  • http://jeanetteserrat.com Jeanette

    Nice selection of photographs! I have the ebook, and it actually convinced me to switch from shooting with Camera+ to ProCamera instead…definitely a better app.

  • Jeremy

    Goes to show that the camera is a tool in the hands of the artist.

  • http://www.phogropathy.com John

    I do share some iPhone photographs in my daily postings on my site though recently the majority have been with my DSLR.

    However, not too long ago I wrote a post titled What Exactly is iPhoneography Anyway? sprinkled with some of my favorite clicks with the device. Feel free to check it out here – http://www.phogropathy.com/what-exactly-is-iphoneography-anyway/

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/shawn7656/ Shawn

    While these are great pictures, I don’t really see why the iPhone gets any of the glory. The camera is just a tool, the photographer still need to make the pictures what they are.

    I doubt it would’ve hurt any of these pictures if they were taken on a DSLR instead, though. Some could have really benefit from a better depth of field, etc.

  • Scottc

    Not bad for an iPhone, especially the low light photos. Given the number of black and white photos, I’d bet these went thru significant processing.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lendog64/6888859579/

  • Mei Teng

    Great photographs are indeed all about the person behind the camera (or phone).

  • raghavendra

    People can consider mobile photography with their phone and their megapixel camera. Why stick it to iphone alone? I have seen a lot of people taking photographs from various mobiles.

    http://raghavendra-mobilephotography.blogspot.com/2012/09/black-and-white-photo-of-cat.html

  • http://www.lilybellephoto.com Christina

    While these are amazing, I completely agree with Mridula and raghavendra. I’m really tired of the rest of us non- iphone users being completely left out in the cold. It’s like a ridiculous mean girls clique or something. Enough.

  • http://digital-photography-school.com/ Darren Rowse

    Hey Christina and Mridula – we’d be happy to feature a similar post on other types of phone shots if someone wants to submit one. We’re certainly not saying iPhones are the only way to go but as our book is an iPhone book I guess we’re featuring them at the moment. Our reasoning for only doing an iPhone book at this stage is that we felt we could go into more depth by focusing on one type of phone rather than doing a general and therefore shallow depth one on all phones.

  • http://alastairmoore.com Alastair

    Starting to get into a bit more candid and street photography (although more indoor photography) with my iPhone. It’s a fun distraction while not using my proper camera.

    http://ink361.com/wellyau

  • http://flickr.com/serzhanja sergejs babikovs

    Just look up my profile on instagram – serzhanja. Candid, street, something for everyone, and shot with a tablet Galaxy Tab 10.1. Edited with aviary and instagram ONLY.
    You’ll like it.

  • Carl Coan

    I love the ability to be spontaneous with my iPhone4S. The attached photo was taken this summer in Southwest france at about 10:00 p,m. [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/carlcoan/7980840407/' title='Evening Light' url='http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8455/7980840407_8b9ef0f4fa_c.jpg']

  • http://anthonytulliani.com Anthony Tulliani

    All taken with an Android phone!

    tulliani.tumblr.com

  • RichardW1975

    This album highlights my iPhonography journey for 2012

    http://photobucket.com/richardw1975

  • Johann

    Nice pictures posted here ! :)

    this are mine:
    http://flic.kr/s/aHsjC73vtz

  • http://jewelpastorphotography.com Jewel

    I used to shoot with iPhone and loved it. But now, I’m using the Galaxy SIII and I’m still happy. :) I wish there will be a book on mobile phone photography in general. “,)

  • http://ac_ortencio@yahoo.com Gussie

    Great collection you have here. I just want to share my iPhone photo.
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1520989305800&set=a.1406363400224.2062407.1266583797&type=3

  • http://sanfranciscoproject.wordpress.com Rick Rocamora

    Congratulations.. nice collection.. started using an iPhone only recently and enjoying it. It is back to the early days of owning a leica..

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/87218557@N06/ Shaun Ngwenya

    I sue my iPhone to take pictures. I shoot anything that I think it must be seen by the world

  • http://Wildezt1.org Gwen Elizabeth

    I teach digital photography and photoshop to children as young as 6 and all the way to seniors in their 70s. It is fun to be spontaneous with my phone and not lug my serious camera around with all that entails. But to pay attention to composition and framing, as well as lines, concept etc a phone is a poor tool and mine is way off on color. As my students say it is not just a pretty picture and that’s why I weigh in with those who question the emphasis on iPhone itself rather than the greatest distinction of all photography ~ the moment.

  • http://www.aliveportraits.zenfolio.com Qais

    iphone’s camera is amazing!

  • Chuck

    You left out my favorite: Dan Burkholder. Great body of work, and his book -”iPhone Artisry”- is a must-have for creative iPhone photographers.

  • http://www.aliveportraits.zenfolio.com Qais

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/aliveportraits/8019516962/' title='IMG_0840' url='http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8301/8019516962_7661501d21.jpg']

  • http://www.aliveportraits.zenfolio.com Qais
  • http://www.aliveportraits.zenfolio.com Qais

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/aliveportraits/8019517172/' title='IMG_0836' url='http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8181/8019517172_621099812e_c.jpg']

  • http://www.lynnefox.com Lynne Fox

    Great shots on there! Iphoneography is a growing medium here in Toronto. I’ve been keeping a blog of my iPhone pics – you can see them here: http://www.lynnefox.com/blog – I have also highlighted some of the best ones on my website http://lynnefox.com/home/iphoneography-beach-art.html

  • https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/photo-candy-add-shapes-patterns/id680469544?mt=8 Derren Ohanian

    Love all of these examples, amazing work, from amazing artists. If you love mobile photography you should check out Photo Candy. A brand new app which allows you to put patterns & shapes on your photos. Check it out on the app store now https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/photo-candy-add-shapes-patterns/id680469544?mt=8

  • Lastar

    Wow amazing! IPhone4 or 5?
    I love it all
    Here korea iphone photograhper
    http://minsooart.com/m/index.php?PHPSESSID=37d5c1be83dc351b3059beeffdb1912b

    —————————–
    Euro photo
    http://icommephoto.com/actualite/nouvelles-applis/monopix-colorpix-les-effets-en-temps-reel/

  • Will

    This is a nice app for iPhone photographers :) I loved it
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fx8-cam-beautify-your-pictures/id675611206

  • Jamie Rhoades

    Wish I’d know. Congrats to all the fine photographers. Very great work. Post mostly on G+ . If you have other contests etc., you should post then there as well. I love to get involved. Just a thought. Congrats to all!!! :-))

  • Adamjasonmoore

    People are always amazed by my street photography shots, and ask me how do I do it. Simply if you want to improve you really need to master one skill, be confident in getting close and sticking your camera in peoples faces. I use a Ricoh GR and as you can see in my instagram feed. Being close and face on with people can give you very interesting pictures from the most mundane, daily situations.

    http://instagram.com/adamjasonmoore

    My recommendation for people starting or having confidence issues is to use your phone as it doesn’t draw attention and a right angle lens adapter like the HiLo shown below.

    Ebay item number 191245036151

    Use the volume button on your iPhones headphone to trigger the shutter, you will be amazed how once you get close how much better and interesting your images become.

Some older comments

  • Will

    September 25, 2013 01:54 am

    This is a nice app for iPhone photographers :) I loved it
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fx8-cam-beautify-your-pictures/id675611206

  • Lastar

    September 18, 2013 01:26 am

    Wow amazing! IPhone4 or 5?
    I love it all
    Here korea iphone photograhper
    http://minsooart.com/m/index.php?PHPSESSID=37d5c1be83dc351b3059beeffdb1912b

    -----------------------------
    Euro photo
    http://icommephoto.com/actualite/nouvelles-applis/monopix-colorpix-les-effets-en-temps-reel/

  • Derren Ohanian

    August 4, 2013 06:31 am

    Love all of these examples, amazing work, from amazing artists. If you love mobile photography you should check out Photo Candy. A brand new app which allows you to put patterns & shapes on your photos. Check it out on the app store now https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/photo-candy-add-shapes-patterns/id680469544?mt=8

  • Lynne Fox

    June 9, 2013 11:53 pm

    Great shots on there! Iphoneography is a growing medium here in Toronto. I've been keeping a blog of my iPhone pics - you can see them here: www.lynnefox.com/blog - I have also highlighted some of the best ones on my website http://lynnefox.com/home/iphoneography-beach-art.html

  • Qais

    September 24, 2012 11:10 pm

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/aliveportraits/8019517172/' title='IMG_0836' url='http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8181/8019517172_621099812e_c.jpg']

  • Qais

    September 24, 2012 11:09 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/aliveportraits/8019517172/in/photostream/

  • Qais

    September 24, 2012 11:08 pm

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/aliveportraits/8019516962/' title='IMG_0840' url='http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8301/8019516962_7661501d21.jpg']

  • Chuck

    September 22, 2012 07:31 am

    You left out my favorite: Dan Burkholder. Great body of work, and his book -"iPhone Artisry"- is a must-have for creative iPhone photographers.

  • Qais

    September 19, 2012 05:41 am

    iphone's camera is amazing!

  • Gwen Elizabeth

    September 15, 2012 02:01 pm

    I teach digital photography and photoshop to children as young as 6 and all the way to seniors in their 70s. It is fun to be spontaneous with my phone and not lug my serious camera around with all that entails. But to pay attention to composition and framing, as well as lines, concept etc a phone is a poor tool and mine is way off on color. As my students say it is not just a pretty picture and that's why I weigh in with those who question the emphasis on iPhone itself rather than the greatest distinction of all photography ~ the moment.

  • Shaun Ngwenya

    September 14, 2012 09:13 pm

    I sue my iPhone to take pictures. I shoot anything that I think it must be seen by the world

  • Rick Rocamora

    September 14, 2012 04:18 pm

    Congratulations.. nice collection.. started using an iPhone only recently and enjoying it. It is back to the early days of owning a leica..

  • Gussie

    September 14, 2012 12:37 pm

    Great collection you have here. I just want to share my iPhone photo.
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1520989305800&set=a.1406363400224.2062407.1266583797&type=3

  • Jewel

    September 14, 2012 07:43 am

    I used to shoot with iPhone and loved it. But now, I'm using the Galaxy SIII and I'm still happy. :) I wish there will be a book on mobile phone photography in general. ",)

  • Johann

    September 14, 2012 07:30 am

    Nice pictures posted here ! :)

    this are mine:
    http://flic.kr/s/aHsjC73vtz

  • RichardW1975

    September 14, 2012 01:59 am

    This album highlights my iPhonography journey for 2012

    http://photobucket.com/richardw1975

  • Anthony Tulliani

    September 13, 2012 10:41 am

    All taken with an Android phone!

    tulliani.tumblr.com

  • Carl Coan

    September 13, 2012 08:22 am

    I love the ability to be spontaneous with my iPhone4S. The attached photo was taken this summer in Southwest france at about 10:00 p,m. [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/carlcoan/7980840407/' title='Evening Light' url='http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8455/7980840407_8b9ef0f4fa_c.jpg']

  • sergejs babikovs

    September 12, 2012 06:26 pm

    Just look up my profile on instagram - serzhanja. Candid, street, something for everyone, and shot with a tablet Galaxy Tab 10.1. Edited with aviary and instagram ONLY.
    You'll like it.

  • Alastair

    September 12, 2012 02:20 pm

    Starting to get into a bit more candid and street photography (although more indoor photography) with my iPhone. It's a fun distraction while not using my proper camera.

    http://ink361.com/wellyau

  • Darren Rowse

    September 12, 2012 01:29 pm

    Hey Christina and Mridula - we'd be happy to feature a similar post on other types of phone shots if someone wants to submit one. We're certainly not saying iPhones are the only way to go but as our book is an iPhone book I guess we're featuring them at the moment. Our reasoning for only doing an iPhone book at this stage is that we felt we could go into more depth by focusing on one type of phone rather than doing a general and therefore shallow depth one on all phones.

  • Christina

    September 12, 2012 12:53 pm

    While these are amazing, I completely agree with Mridula and raghavendra. I'm really tired of the rest of us non- iphone users being completely left out in the cold. It's like a ridiculous mean girls clique or something. Enough.

  • raghavendra

    September 12, 2012 10:46 am

    People can consider mobile photography with their phone and their megapixel camera. Why stick it to iphone alone? I have seen a lot of people taking photographs from various mobiles.

    http://raghavendra-mobilephotography.blogspot.com/2012/09/black-and-white-photo-of-cat.html

  • Mei Teng

    September 12, 2012 10:22 am

    Great photographs are indeed all about the person behind the camera (or phone).

  • Scottc

    September 12, 2012 09:05 am

    Not bad for an iPhone, especially the low light photos. Given the number of black and white photos, I'd bet these went thru significant processing.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lendog64/6888859579/

  • Shawn

    September 12, 2012 08:31 am

    While these are great pictures, I don't really see why the iPhone gets any of the glory. The camera is just a tool, the photographer still need to make the pictures what they are.

    I doubt it would've hurt any of these pictures if they were taken on a DSLR instead, though. Some could have really benefit from a better depth of field, etc.

  • John

    September 12, 2012 07:04 am

    I do share some iPhone photographs in my daily postings on my site though recently the majority have been with my DSLR.

    However, not too long ago I wrote a post titled What Exactly is iPhoneography Anyway? sprinkled with some of my favorite clicks with the device. Feel free to check it out here - http://www.phogropathy.com/what-exactly-is-iphoneography-anyway/

  • Jeremy

    September 12, 2012 06:15 am

    Goes to show that the camera is a tool in the hands of the artist.

  • Jeanette

    September 12, 2012 04:19 am

    Nice selection of photographs! I have the ebook, and it actually convinced me to switch from shooting with Camera+ to ProCamera instead...definitely a better app.

  • Mridula

    September 12, 2012 01:37 am

    Lovely picture indeed. But why only iPhone and not cell phone in general?

    http://blogs.gonomad.com/traveltalesfromindia/

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