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Got an iPhone? Check out how Chris Folsom from studiotempura.com uses his as a tool in his photography.
There has been a lot of buzz around the iPhone lately, especially among photographers. And for good reason… the iPhone has a host of photography-related tools that are both fun and useful. I find myself using it more and more lately, so I thought I might share some of those functions with you.
The most obvious photography-related feature is the camera. Though the iPhone won’t be replacing my DSLR anytime soon, I almost always have my iPhone with me which means it is available many times when my DSLR isn’t. As the quote goes, “the best camera is the one you have with you”.
One of my favorite ways to take photos with the iPhone is using an app called Pano. Pano allows you to shoot up to 16 images side-by-side which are then stitched together on the fly in about a minute. I shot this image while at a baseball game last week…
Granted, this is probably not something I would print and hang on my wall… there are a few areas where the stitching didn’t quite line up correctly and the noise levels are higher than I would prefer. But still, I shot this in less than 5 minutes without a tripod on my cellphone.
I can’t even count how many times I have used Google Maps and the iPhone’s GPS to help find a location I wanted to shoot. A couple of weeks ago, some friends and I were headed to an abandoned school and we had to hike through almost a mile of woods to get to it. Had it not been for the GPS on my phone, I am certain we would never have found it.
I have also started using GeoLogTag for geotagging my images. Once you have the app running (and verify that your camera’s clock and iPhone are in sync) it will keep track of everywhere you have been during a photo trip. The data can then be exported as a standard GPX file or you can link GeoLogTag to your Flickr account and the app will automatically update the map data through that site.
Using the data services of the iPhone, you can publish photos to the web from almost anywhere. Even when I have my DSLR with me, I will usually use my iPhone to send a photo and a quick update to my blog or Facebook page so that people can see what I am doing in real-time. With the applications available on the App Store, you can upload photos to just about any social media service on the web.
All of my favorite photos are synced to my iPhone, which turns the device a perfect little digital portfolio. The screen is very high quality and having a collection of images in my pocket at all times makes sharing with people very easy. I have used the iPhone to show off photos to friends, family and even recently used it to discuss some images with a gallery director for an upcoming exhibit. I can not overstate the importance of being able to show people your work, and the iPhone is another useful tool for doing exactly that.
Do you have an iPhone? Do you use it’s camera or other features in your photography? What applications do you use? Got any images to share with us? Feel free to link to your best iPhone images in comments below.
Chris Folsom is a hobbyist photographer who spends much of his time photographing buildings that are no longer in use. You can view his site at studiotempura.com or see more of his photos at Flickr. His photos have been published on numerous websites and newspapers.
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August 8, 2010 01:44 am
Photocalc and LightMeter are two of my must have apps.
May 21, 2010 06:33 pm
I love the HIPSTAMATIC application.
You can change your lens, or film or "flash". I like it very much!
May 18, 2010 05:56 pm
Interesting, I will try it as soon
April 27, 2010 01:57 pm
Actually the camera in the iPhone can be used for not just photography but a host of other uses as well ... all related to taking pictures ... Some of them are here
March 10, 2010 04:51 am
That above post is spam by the way - I just had the same one on my blog and it notified me here!
March 10, 2010 03:13 am
Wow! I had no idea that I could get better pics with my iphone. I am so excited about this. Thank you so much for sharing. I can't wait to try a few things.
February 4, 2010 10:27 pm
Have you seen the 'Best Camera' app? It has some interesting filters and it lets you apply them non-destructively, it also has a great way of sharing the photos to twitter, facebook and many other sites. Story goes it was inspired by the quote 'the best camera is the camera you have with you'. The guy behind the app also published a book made entirely of iPhone photos.
I'm the author of another app called Foto Brisko that allows you to find great photos near you or anywhere in the world. It knows where the photo was taken so it can guide you to the location so you can try to reproduce the image.
February 3, 2010 08:27 pm
Just to let you all now that GeoLogTag 3.0 is available and supports RAW formats.
Other new features:
- Better geotagging performance for JPEGs located in a Mac shared folder. About 10 times faster.
- Log in to a Mac with your username and password.
- A running clock on the GeoLog screen to make time synchronization with you camera easier.
- A rough indication of how much battery is left while logging locations. The more you use GeoLogTag, the better the estimation becomes.
- A new log mode: 1 location every hour.
- Altitude support.
- Better support for people taking photos while travelling through different timezones.
November 14, 2009 02:22 am
Use an iphone my blog is above and here is a link to my new iphone photo book -
and my calendars - http://www.redbubble.com/people/dixonhamby/calendars
September 9, 2009 11:55 pm
Some good tips here, but I think PlaceTagger is a better app than GeoLogTag for geotagging photos as it supports many more formats, including RAW, whereas GeoLogTag only supports jpeg.
September 3, 2009 05:19 am
There is no way the iPhone can compete with a digital slr despite it being one of the most popular cameras on flickr. It is definitely great for quick photos and the quality isn't all bad. The 3Gs is definitely better - I took this photo on the 3GS and it isn't too bad a macro - http://www.flixel.net/general/iphone-macro/ This photo (http://www.flixel.net/general/woolworths/) was taken on the 3G and after a few tweaks in Lightroom I think came up pretty well.
The focus control in the v3 rom definitely is a big help.
September 1, 2009 05:30 pm
Hi and thanks for the great post on iPhone photography. I myself had some fun with it and posted some photos on http://www.swaymyway.nl.
The iPhone is great cause its around all the time! You never miss those special moments.
August 28, 2009 05:37 pm
I love to use my iPhone to take and manipulate pictures. I thinks that the restraints given from the built in camera give power to your creativity.
I like to take shoots and then polarize them with Polarize app http://www.apptism.com/apps/polarize to obtain "instant shoot"
I use to upload them on my blog with the Worpress app. http://www.getoutof.it
Have a look and leave some comments if you wish (i would appreciate it a lot!)
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August 25, 2009 04:44 pm
I love using the iPhone as a camera.
August 25, 2009 11:21 am
some of the app available on iphone are "Camerabag, quadcamera and colorsplash" these are the few photo effect or editin app , that are currently on my phone itself.. u guys can try it out ...
August 23, 2009 12:38 pm
Another easy use of the iPhone for photography? As a light source for your dSLR to autofocus with. Very handy for dark scenes.
August 23, 2009 08:47 am
This article was so timely for me; I recently upgraded from the original iPhone to the iPhone 3gs and have been trying to take more photos with it! CameraBag is a great app, and don't forget that the iPhone automatically geotags the photos you take on it for you. What's really great about the iPhone is the ability to share the photos immediately after you take them. I recently moved across the country, and have been enjoying sending photos to family and friends back home while waiting for the subway or ordering a coffee.
Here's an iPhone photo I'm particularly proud of: http://www.flickr.com/photos/thenoblepirate/3846059299/
August 23, 2009 07:42 am
The new iPhone 3G S's auto-focus function would definitely be a plus. Too bad I only have an iPhone 3G. But at the same time I don't know why Apple's pulling this scheme, Sony Ericsson has auto-focus camera phones like years ago (I myself had a W800 and its camera works pretty good).
Also, regard the Portfolio capability, I do have doubts since previously I have synced some CG pictures via iTunes to the iPhone and the quality degraded. I mean showing the same image from a website in Safari ends up much better when view 100%. The ones in Photos look like they have been compressed or sth when enlarged. Not sure if you guys noticed this.
Hence I just use DarkSlide to show my pictures from Flickr.
August 20, 2009 04:58 pm
I also love to take pictures with my new iPhone 3GS. It is a matter of fact that the best camera is the one you have with you! When i see something that spur my feelings, I take it out and shoot.. It is easy, isn't it??
August 18, 2009 10:23 am
Thanks so much for sharing this info. I've heard about the Panoramic apps for iPhone but haven't really checked them out yet. I'll probably do so because of this post.
August 16, 2009 06:37 am
@Chris Ridley - Sorry, didn't see the response before now. I use it to sync up geotags with my normal photos. Before, it was a matter of "educated guesses" about where I took my photos, now it's easy for me to geotag them without having to invest in a dedicated GPS unit.
August 15, 2009 06:46 am
Great tips everybody! What Lightroom plug do you use for geotagging? And are there any way of reading/writing the compass data into the pics?
August 15, 2009 06:41 am
I enjoy using Toy Camera and Quad Camera. I also use Polarize. Thanks for the other recommendations.
August 15, 2009 02:05 am
I use my iphone all the time to take pictures. My best portraits are on this little phone with the use of an application named Camera Bag. I tend to use the Helga and the 1962 applications often. They are solely for digital use and not for printing, but you would be amazed at the colors and the contrasts.
August 14, 2009 12:28 pm
I think posterous.com is very effective from posting through the iphone.
August 14, 2009 05:23 am
Thank you for this wonderful tip. I just downloaded Pano and will experiment with it. One useful tool I do with my IPhone is when I am in a bookstore looking thru photography books and find important information, I take a picture and email it to myself. When I get home, I print it for future reference.
August 14, 2009 01:32 am
Two great tools.
This one gives rise/set times and altitude azimuth data for both the sun and moon for any location. With the compass built into the 3GS, it's a great tool:
This one is mine but helps calculate your base exposure when using a heavy ND filter:
August 13, 2009 02:31 pm
Autostitch is the new king of iPhone panorama apps - autostitch.net. If you merge the phots at a horizon or similar exposure boundary then you can use it for pseudo HDR pix. Use a desktop app if you want full resolution stitch-togethers - the iPhone app gives you iPhone sized photos than you can email, post to Farcebook etc. It is fast & all-too easy to use.
Photogenie and Photoforge are the 2 leading micro-Photoshop type applications at the moment. Use your Favourite Search Engine to find comparison reviews of them. I have both since they are somewhat complementary.
August 13, 2009 05:10 am
There's an app for the iPhone called DSLR Remote that allows you to control Canon cameras via a wi-fi connection to a laptop which is hooked up to the camera over its USB connection. It can do all sorts of cool things - full control of the camera settings, live preview, image review, and all sorts of other features.
August 13, 2009 04:08 am
Some great tips, thanks! I read on Jasmine Star's blog that she'll have it along loaded with some favorite fashion photos or other wedding photos so she can give the couple an idea of the poses she's looking for or just as inspiration. It's great for working with non-models! :)
August 13, 2009 01:33 am
Anyone have any suggestions as to if the iphone can be used as an on-location backup tool? i.e.- a sync cord and program that goes from the iphone to the camera to download images? Just a thought that might be nice when vacationing or on-location shooting.
August 12, 2009 08:24 pm
I have an iPhone and the camera is quite nice, but not for enlargements over 4X6.
It's only 2 mPixels so anything larger really isn't going to come out very clear.
Where the iPhone shines is building a portfolio on it.
Where you can't carry around a huge portfolio briefcase all the time, the iPhone gives you the freedom to have a large portfolio at your fingertips.
I've hat 3 experiences so far where the iPhone has come in so handy, it created photo shoots because the people looking at the high res photos liked what they saw.
I'm positive these won't be the last situations where my iPhone will be an integral part of drawing business in the future.
The iPhone as a camera, ehe...
The iPhone as a device to organize and showcase my work, excellent!
August 12, 2009 08:04 pm
iPhone helps to get some cool pictures under very restricted hardware... that happens to be interesting sometimes...
August 12, 2009 04:22 pm
I don't have an iPhone, buy I have an iPod Touch. So, I use it as a digital portfolio, collecting photos from my Nikon.
August 12, 2009 11:49 am
This is slowly turning into a great list of iPhone photography apps!
Like claudia rb I love using ColorSplash on my iPhone. It was well worth the AUD$2.49 price tag. In fact, I just wrote a basic tutorial on how to use it http://www.lilahpops.com/colorsplash-iphone-photography-app-in-7-easy-steps/
August 12, 2009 10:17 am
iPhone GPS in the woods ? Wouldn't trust this combination in Australia :)
August 12, 2009 08:11 am
I agree. The iPhone won't be replacing my Nikon, but it has altered the way I look at things. It's with me ALL the time, and, as a result, I've captured a variety of images that I wouldn't have had my Nikon for or bothered to get it out for. I've posted some of the results to my Flickr page: iPhone ShakeItPhoto Pics or All iPhone Photos.
August 12, 2009 07:45 am
Using Geocoder on the iPhone or for normal pics?
The iPhone automatically tags all photo's with GPS data anyway, and this shows up in the metadata in Lightroom.
More of my iphone pics here
More of my iPhone pics and iPhone photography blog posts here
August 12, 2009 07:32 am
I use GeoCorder[Free] to record my locations and then sync that through a Lightroom plugin (makes it easier because then I don't have to add another program to my workflow). I also really like Pano (as mentioned) for quick panoramic shots. And the final thing I've thought of using my iPhone for with photography is actually using the flashlight apps to add a bit of coloured light to a still life scene. I'm still waiting for the onOne remote app to work with Nikons, but I am interested in how that one works too.
August 12, 2009 07:25 am
So I haven't used my iphone as my professional camera yet but boy am I impressed with the possiblilities it offers as primarily a photography assistant! I actually just wrote a blog post on the best iphone photography apps I've found
but I wrote this before I found the best one
Use your iphone as a camera remote (for canons). Yes you can get remotes for your canon, but your iphone also lets you preview the picture that you are taking (by looking through your viewfinder remotely), and remotely control your settings. This is incredible value.
August 12, 2009 06:26 am
@Raymond: the idea isn't to get an iPhone to improve your photography but to have more tools in your arsenal, if you will. I love my iPhone and the couple apps that I use the most are a great chance for me to utilize my phone in the same way I would use my Holga, just without all the processing fees :)
My favorite apps are CameraBag, Shakeit and ToyCamera.
You can find some of my photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stacymariedavis/sets/72157616223376613/
August 12, 2009 05:47 am
Started an iPhone photo blog this summer at my posterous site.
Love Posterous and I love my iPhone!
August 12, 2009 04:58 am
An app that I just started using, which I love, is called Color Splash. Turns the photo to black and white, and then you choose what you want to be color.
Just got the iPhone, so this might be old news, but It's fun to play with.
August 12, 2009 03:49 am
Hey cool topic,
I don't have a iphone but I do own a LG Arena, does that counts?
I started a 365 days project with my mobile phone.
Every day I shoot with my mobile and upload them each day on Flickr.
Currently @ day 32.
Check it out and let me hear what you guys think...
August 12, 2009 03:10 am
I use an app called Slideshow Builder to show off my portfolio on my iPhone.
It's 99 cents currently and well worth the buck to make your photos look good to freinds or potential clients.
August 12, 2009 02:48 am
There are a number of iPhone photo calculator apps for DSLR users to calculate depth of field and hyperfocal distance. The one I use is "A Visual Dof Calc".
August 12, 2009 02:46 am
iPhone well it take better picture than most other camera phone. Cant afford and iPhone here. :)
August 12, 2009 02:41 am
i use my iPhone a lot for taking photography when my dslr is at home. I got some of my iphone photos here: inferno.posterous.com
August 12, 2009 02:32 am
"I almost always have my iPhone with me"
This alone is the primary reason there are so many poor cellphone camera pictures out there today. Same goes for point-and-click's with built in video. The quality doesn't have to be anywhere near as high as a dedicated device like a DSLR or video camera. The fact that one sits on a shelf at home while the other is in our pocket everyday speaks volumes. That's why some of my funnest, most spontaneous shots are from my iPhone and not my DSLR. I'd rather have a so-so picture than nothing.
Another great use of the iPhone is this: while you're out and about and find a great shot, take it with your iPhone. Then you'll have a note of where you were and what you shot. Come back later with your DSLR and take it again with your real camera.
August 12, 2009 02:29 am
I don't know if it's just me but this post sounds more like an iPhone advertisement rather than a tutorial. I thought this tutorial could have contained less of the Apple branding, but the author seems to have associated good photography tool = iPhone.
No, I don't have an iPhone but that doesn't mean I won't be able to use my Nokia as a photography tool.
I just hope that there won't be anyone here that read this post and goes out to buy an iPhone tomorrow to "improve" his/her photography skills.
August 12, 2009 01:45 am
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August 12, 2009 01:27 am
The Iphone camera is great to boost your creativity! I shoot with it every day and even post daily Iphone photos on Twitter: http://twitter.com/yanikphoto
I would also recommend 2 apps that I use all the time: PhotoForge (like a mini Photoshop!) and CameraBag for quick effects.
August 12, 2009 01:21 am
Great post... The iPhone is quickly becoming a must have addition to your photography tool kit.
iPhone images can look awesome enlarged on canvas.
August 12, 2009 01:13 am
Of course, you're taking a picture of Camden Yards, which is almost cheating. It's such a nice ballpark that you almost can't take a bad picture of it! Of course, I'm from Baltimore so I may be biased.
I will say that I'm pleasantly surprised by the camera on my iPhone. I've owned several smartphones and the cameras were dreadful, even for quick snapshots of friends. Since Apple won't make access to the camera itself available via its APIs you won't see apps with as much functionality as could be implemented. However, the camera is still more than capable of taking nice photos, especially if you compose the shot well.
August 12, 2009 12:57 am
Use it as a HDR machine! :-)
August 12, 2009 12:55 am
iPhone rocks, simply put
August 12, 2009 12:50 am
I’ve been banging on about iPhone photography for a while now, and as a full time photographer.. it’s a nice break using the iphone when I can for my own time messing around… it helps creativity..
thought you would like to see some of the images I’ve made over the last few days:
my iphone photography
****where is the preview post button!! ****
August 12, 2009 12:39 am
Thanks for the tips! I'm a new iPhone user and the apps you mentioned I hadn't yet stumbled upon. You wouldn't have to know of an app that allows you more control over your images when using it as a digital portfolio would you? I'd like to be able to reorder the images.
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