Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Gadget Bag: iPhone Apps
Instead of always hauling the Big Boy D-SLR, get creative with the iPhone’s built-in camera and these apps. Low cost and often free, they let you break away from the constraints of your “serious” photography and stay fresh.
Like any camera phone, the iPhone won’t replace your D-SLR anytime soon. It won’t replace your compact camera yet either. But it’s a dazzling piece of technology that relieves you from the burdens of sometimes overwhelming equipment choices and lets you extend your creativity.
One of the most exciting new apps is called Best Camera—the brainchild of professional photographer Chase Jarvis. Jarvis is a global pro who’s as comfortable shooting adventure sports in the mountains as he is photographing in a Seattle pub as local bands perform for intimate crowds.
“It is said that Rodin molded hundreds of hands in preparation for creating the hand of The Thinker, as he explored musculature, the folding of fingers, and on and on. Undoubtedly, each of those hands merits the label ‘art’ in its own right. It’s in this same vein that I consider the images in this book. While each iPhone picturecertainly contributes a thread to the overall fabric of my creativity, it’s of a deeper or, perhaps paradoxically, simpler interest to me that each iPhone image ultimately stands on its own. Two megapixels at a time, each photograph reveals how I process the visual information around me, how I see the world.
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