Tag Archives: iPhone

Stills into Motion

As someone that got into photography as a way to get into film I have previously experimented in using still images in sequences, sometimes as story boards and sometimes as actual story devices accompanied by sound tracks. But up until now I have never turned my portfolio into a moving sequence. I may be a little late to the party as applications such as Aperture already have built in tools for creating such things, I have in used them to create event slide shows in the past. But although great I chose to use Final Cut to turn my photographic portfolio into a short sequence, partly due to the being able to fine tune transitions, size and add text. Continue reading »

When The Sun Gets In Your Eyes

Recently I tried to take a photo of the Burj Al Arab in Dubai using my iPhone but the old issue of screen glare reared it’s ugly head making it almost impossible to see what was on the screen. To get around this I took my Zacuto Z-Finder 2.5x from my Canon and placed it onto the screen. Boom. Problem solved, not only was the sun blocked out from the screen but a saw a magnified image. Now it’s not the perfect solution and you do have a bit of a balancing act to contend with between holding the phone, Z-finder and trying to hit the all important shutter button but with a bit of practice I got the shot I wanted.

The image was processed using the BestCamera App on the iPhone using Jewel and vignette filters along with simple white frame. Job done!

It’s A Numbers Game

“the decisive moment, it is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as the precise organisation of forms which gives that event its proper expression” – Henri Cartier Bresson

Allusions of grandeur, a coverall for luck or something deeper?

Something deeper I think. Back in Bresson’s day photographers were arguably far more technical than they are today and would probably shot a lot less than we do now, bearing in mind the length of 35mm film rarely exceeded 36 exposures.  So every frame was precious, and expensive and probably more considered before the shutter button was finally pressed.  Essentially Bresson in my opinion was talking about the need to be ready for those decisive moments in life, being technically ready for what the universe brings.

Be prepared is also the motto of the Scouts, in fact there any number of quotes, phrases and anachronisms relating to being prepared. Being prepared is important, but its more an just a technical thing, it’s a mental thing too.
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The Best Camera.

Although I am very lucky to have some great equipment I don’t have it will be 24/7. However I more likely than not to have my iPhone with me.  My iPhone allows me to quickly take photographs with out much effort at all. “The best camera is the one you have with you” to quote Chase Jarvis.

The iPhone like many mobile phones as an incredible camera built into it which alone a few years ago would have cost more than the phone itself does today.  This is great for everyone and unlike traditional cameras and I include film and digital in that, it is far easier and quicker to show and share your pictures with others via MMS picture message, by email,  or social networks such as Twitter and Facebook.  Now of this will come as any great headline news I would imagine but with a new raft of Apps for the iPhone it is even easier to create even more stunning and interesting images where once you would have needed thousands of pounds worth of software to do so.  My current favourite App is Best Camera created by photographer Chase Jarvis.  Best Camera, unlike other photo Apps gives you the ability to create your own unique look by stacking a selection of filters on top of one another and there by giving you greater input into how the final image will look.  Best Camera also allows you to share to all your social media, Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, email and to it’s one community gallery in a couple of clicks once you have set it up. Genius!

A few recent iphone photos.