I take a lot of pictures, I know, this is obvious. I spend so much time with my camera I’ve begun to think that it is just how I see the world..as though I’m looking through a lens. I find myself framing up scenes as I sit at a stoplight or watch the boys at baseball practice. Where is the light coming from? If I stood there how would it fall? Where are the shadows? What would be the best composition?
I love every single thing about taking pictures with my big camera, but sometimes I just want the freedom to point and shoot. To not worry about settings, making it all about the composition and the moment and the shot. I can’t seem to find that with my point and shoot camera. I’m not sure what it is, but all I find is frustration and missed moments.
This is where my iPhone comes in.
I have hundreds (yes, hundreds!) of iPhone images. It feels like freedom. I find myself taking pictures of the most random things and loving them as much as if I’d used my big camera. The best part is that I have it with me all the time. I’m not restricted to worrying about lugging around my SLR, making sure it will be safe. This seems to be a trend among photographers as I’ve been seeing more and more talk about iPhoneography online. There’s even a book about it called, so appropriately, ‘The Art of iPhoneography’.
Today, I thought I would share a few of my favorite apps for taking pictures in my own iPhoneography journey.
First up is the Shake It app. I probably use this one more than any other and when the boys take pics it’s the one they use too. You can see more pictures using this app here and here. It creates a polaroid type image, right down to the border and sound of film being spit out. If you shake the phone the picture develops a little faster and you can watch it slowly come into view. Just like the polaroid film of old.
Next up is Pocketbooth…
I remember growing up there was a shopping mall in a neighboring town that had one of these booths. When we would go for an out of town shopping trip (for school clothes etc.) hitting the photo booth was always on the list of things we had to do. It was just as much of a treat to get a souvenir strip of images as it was to come home with a pair of new shoes. I saved almost all of them. They are yellowing and a bit curled, but every time I see them I am reminded of the fun those photo booths could be.
And I know I am probably a little behind on this next one, but I’m going to mention it anyway…Instagram.
I had been seeing folks on Twitter and Facebook posting these images for awhile and wondered what all the fuss was about. Last week I downloaded the app and now I know. It is a quick and easy way to share your pics on social media. With all the fun filters to choose from you can give a different look to every image.
Finally, once you have taken all these great iPhone picks what are you going to do with them? You don’t want to keep them on your phone and risk loosing them (yes, I’m speaking from experience here). You need to transfer them to your computer to save and share. That’s where the Photo Transfer app comes in. You simply choose your images and decide if you are transfering to your PC or phone and it gives you an address to type into your browser and downloads your pics as a zip file. Super quick, super easy. Exactly what I need.