More Iphoneography (Winnipeg Photographers)

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You may wonder, “why would anyone take pictures with their iPhone when they have a better camera?”

Well, there are a number of reasons.

  • First of all, my iPhone is usually with me. Convenience is definitely a part of it. I love how light and handy it is!
  • I really enjoy playing with the images on it. Yes, they are different from those taken with a camera but I like the look and the possibilities are endless.
  • You can edit photos at any time; while waiting at the doctor’s office or if you’re tired and want to just to relax for a while.
  • The apps are amazing! There is so much you can do with the images that you take. It’s not the same as Photoshop but you really can do most things that you do with Photoshop on your iPhone and it’s so much easier than the work flow using a digital SLR.

Don’t get me wrong. My iPhone will never replace my SLR, but iPhoneography is rewarding and a lot of fun!

Here are some of my recent iPhone images:

 

 

Iphoneography: When is a photograph no longer a photograph?

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I was talking to a friend of mine yesterday and showing him some of my iPhone images. Our discussion turned to whether or not images that are manipulated are still photographs and at what point they stop being photographs and become works of art. Or is there any difference as a photograph is essentially a work of art.

Here are some examples of original images and the resulting “photograph” after some manipulation with iPhone apps.

This a straight out  of the iPhone shot of the water at Kilcona and the image after some manipulation. I think you will agree that the resulting image is still a photograph.

This is the original of the sunset at Kilcona, followed by 2 images that have been manipulated. Is the final images still a photograph or does it become a work of art that is something other than a photograph?

And finally, my most extreme example of changing the original image. The first image was taken with an app called Slow Shutter and is an image of some clouds and trees. I then used Tiny Planet in Photoforge2 to make the circle, followed by making  some adjusting of the colour etc to create the image you see.   Is it still a photograph?

These are 3 examples of various amounts of manipulation. The first is true to the original image with some changes in brightness, contrast and colour. The second shows increasingly more alternations and the final image is not like the original at all.

At what point does an image stop being a photograph? Or is it always a photograph if the original was taken with a camera?

I’m not sure of the answer and wonder what you think. I’m leaning towards the last one no longer being a photograph but being a work of art. But then what is the media? It is still from an original photograph.

Let me know what your  thoughts are on this.

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iPhone Photography (Winnipeg Photographers)

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I love my iPhone. In fact, it would probably be fair to say that I am totally addicted to my iPhone.  It’s just the most amazing tool that you could ever imagine. I can do just about anything with it. If I’m lost, I can get directions; if I need a mirror, there it is. It’s a flashlight, a phone, a calendar, a watch, a notebook, a compass, and an exercise and diet tracker. It keeps you connected to your email and allows you to access any information that is on the web (which is pretty much everything and anything). It let’s you check the weather anywhere in the world. It allows you to play Scrabble for hours on end with any number of people.

And for those of us who are addicted to photography, it has amazing apps for that too. I’ve been trying some of them out with fantastic results.  In fact, the winner of Photographer of the Year for 2012 , Alexandra Morrison  http://www.facebook.com/alexmorrisonphotography, used an iPhone and iPhone apps for 3 of her 4 winning images.

These are the cameras that I have on my phone. My current favorite is the SmugMug one which is the one on the top row on the right. I like it because of the different types of lighting that it comes with. Rather than just using the flash, it gives you the option of leaving the phone light on while taking the picture.

 

These are the apps I have on my phone:

I discovered PS (Photoshop) Express about a week ago and love it. It has a ton of functions in it and works very well. I don’t like Mosaica as well and haven’t used it a lot. I found the other apps on Alex Morrison’s page and love them. I was up until 2:00 am playing with them last night. Here are some of the images that I created with my iPhone pictures.

 

 

Pretty amazing that a phone can do all of that. Do you have some favorite apps? I would love to know what they are. You can take a picture of them by clicking on the on/off button and the home button at the same time. Show me what’s on your iPhone.