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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Fine-Art Camera Phone Photography

Using a bevy of sophisticated apps, Tony Sweet shows how to expand your creativity and make wall-worthy pictures from an iPhone

Other Apps I Use
This article covered some of my favorite apps, but certainly not all. Here are a few others that I highly recommend:

Iris Photo Suite—Layers, opacity blending, textures
PictureShow—Edges, special effects
TiltShift—Controlled blur
PhotoArtista—Adding brushstrokes and texture
ClearCam—Eliminates blur and noise
finarX Image—Control perspective
Sketch Me!—Textured image good for blending

Tony Sweet
is a professional photographer, lecturer, online instructor, workshop leader and Nikon Legend Behind the Lens living with Susan and Akira in Eldersburg, Maryland. Visit his blog at blog.tonysweet.com.

iPhone Shooting Technique

When using the iPhone, it appears that all of the shutter speeds are the same, as the camera clicks at the same rate with each exposure; however, that's not the case. If you check your metadata on any iPhone image, you'll see different apertures, shutter speeds and white balances. It may sound a bit crazy, but I frequently use an iPhone tripod mount (iphonetripodholder.com) where I've attached a Really Right Stuff G10 L-Plate to use on my Gitzo GT3540XLS tripod and Really Right Stuff BH-55 ballhead. This approach can hamper some of the spontaneity, but for sharp images in low light, for HDR and for stitched panoramas, a tripod is strongly recommended in order to get crisp images. On the other hand, when shooting in bright light, I can handhold, and even if I'm making a panorama or an HDR image, I can stitch the resulting frames perfectly (I overlap by 50%). No matter whether I handhold or use a tripod, the iPhone is a phone, and while its camera is good, images aren't as razor-sharp as with a DSLR, which necessitates at least one sharpening procedure during image processing.


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