iPhoneography is the art of creating photos with an Apple iPhone. This is a style of mobile photography that differs from all other forms of digital photography in that images are both shot and processed on the iOS device. Whether a photo is edited using different graphics applications is an argument among iPhone photographers.
iPhoneography has grown quickly since 2007, when the original iPhone 2G's 2-megapixel camera was released. As the iPhone cameras improved in both resolution and image quality, more professional photographers ventured into this art form and started recognizing the value of an iPhone image. The New York Times published a summer series of reportages using Instagram in August 2011. Photographer Damon Winter won prizes for his Hipstamatic photos of the war in Afghanistan.
iPhoneography techniques are created using iOS-based apps.
Basic editing techniques include:
- Adjusting color
- Black & white
- Blending images
- Collage and mixed media
- Collodion development
- Darken a photo
- Depth of field
- Fix perspective
- Panoramic photography
- Refiltering, or re-applying a filter
- Selective coloring
- Soft focus
- Street photography
- Underwater photography
Basic effects include:
There are many accessories available to iPhone photographers.
- Lens systems clip directly on to the iPhone. Three-in-one systems such as olloclip and izzigadgets allow photographers to take fish eye, macro and wide angle shots with the iPhone.
- Tripods provide stability and prevent camera movement. They aid the photographer in low light. The iStabilizer Flex mounts the iPhone to virtually any surface with its flexible legs.
- Tripod mounts are designed to connect the iPhone to the tripod. The anycase™ along with the glif and the iStabilizer Mount will mount the iPhone to any standard tripod.
- Headphones can be used as a shutter release. The + (volume up) button acts as a shutter release for the camera.
There are many iPhone apps that allow photography, editing, and effects, and sharing via social media. Some of the most popular apps include Instagram, VSCOCAM, Camera+, BeFunky, FX Photo Studio, and Hipstamatic. Some of the applications, including Clashot, Foap, Scoopshot, Fotolia Instant, allow users to sell mobile-made photos as microstock photography.
Since 2007, iPhone Photography Awards (IPPAWARDS) has been running iPhone photography competitions. It is the first and the longest running iPhone photography competition. IPPAWARDS has been celebrating the creativity of the iPhone users since the first iPhone has inspired, excited and engaged the users worldwide. Since then, every year, IPPAWARDS has selected the best shots among thousands of images submitted by iPhone photographers from 38 countries. Winners are selected by the jury in several steps and the "Photographer of the Year" prize awarded.
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