There are a vast amount of app available for photography on the iPhone, and so many different effects. Some feel the skill has been taken out of it as you just snap away and process the photo later for whatever look you choose. This isn’t really much different to using any digital camera, you take the photo and later process it using your preferred software. You can get whatever effect you want if you learn to use a variety of software. Of course this means experimenting. Over time you learn the look that will suit the photo at the time you press the shutter. You develop a style, but that doesn’t mean you stop experimenting and looking at new ways to view the world around you with a camera and editing software. And that is exactly what a photographer is doing with a mobile phone by using a variety of apps. You learn what to use dependent upon the content, and ultimately, the content and how you choose to present it is what makes you an artist.

Over the months i’ve been experimenting quite a lot. I’ve used the iPhone whilst visiting a friend at the seaside, whilst wandering around town, in the garden, and also when walking the dog in nearby fields.
These samples are simple compositions using just the apps with virtually no editing, and just one that has a lot of post processing on the phone.


I loved the way the sun caught the leaves on this bush and quickly used the Hipstamatic app. The only processing was to increase the brightness and contrast to give it the punch it had in real life.



This was taken in the garden. It’s another where the sun created wonderful lighting on the dying remains of the stems of lily plants. I used the ClassicTOY app which i recently downloaded to try out. I loved the way this film effect worked in this image.



This is another from the ClassicToy app of crops in the nearby fields. I think this would look good printed on canvas.



Another using the ClassicTOY app.



This is the only one to have any real processing. The original photograph was taken using Camera+, the processing was mostly done in PS Express and Photogene.



There’s an app called Slow Shutter. The idea is to stabalise the phone and use it to get those lovely motion photos like flowing water. The app recreates the slow shutter effect by taking multiple photographs and merging them together. I decided i liked the effect when just holding the phone. The merging of the photos gives a lovely impressionist look the the final image. To get this effect with a regular camera you’d have to take multiple photos and merge them on a computer.





About PurpleT

Much of my photography is art and documentary. I try to capture a scene as i see it in my mind, whether that be black and white, colour, or somewhere in between. I try to make an interesting, and/or attractive image from what i see around me, not just what would be expected, but also subjects that would be seen boring, mundane, or ugly by many. But they all have an interest as art photography. I have also spent nearly twenty years working as a life model, then the human figure in art is very important to me, and is something i try to bring into my work at times.
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