Insights, tips and tricks from mobile photographers around the globe.
” I make images when the frame resonates with my heart.
As for the technical side, on Android, the apps that I extensively use are Vignette and MagicHour.”
“My techniques, boil down to a sunny day with plenty of clarity, because it makes the image much more alive, and does not require a machine so sophisticated. Now talking in terms of settings, the “White Balance, leave in sun. In color shades, let in even more vivid to highlight the image and value the objects in the scene. Already in sharpness, choose light, in contrast, choose the maximum possible and let the ISO low.
But as I said use this setting only on sunny days, now other settings vary the taste of each one and what the environment demands.”
“One is to not use the flash – if the light is bad brace the phone on a hard object or carefully hold it in your hand – if indoors use a light that is in the room and limit your shots range to a small area (for example a good subject is taking a picture of a beer bottle or childs toy from about a foot away with a light source aboce the subject – second either use an app like Hipstamatic to take your pictures or use a post shot apply like SnapBox or 100 cameras or Photoshop Express right on your phone or ipad. I also always use the HDR feature if I am not using the flash on an iPhone everything gets saved to the cloud anyhow so you have no worry about storage issues. For indoor shots the HDR feature seems to not be as dark which for an indoor shot which in most cases i think you want.”
“I used to shoot with analog cameras…than, since 6 month ago, I got an iphone… just amazing!
Iphone gives me the chance to have always with me a lot of different type of camera…before I had to go out with a big bag full of different kind of cameras..now just a mobile in my pocket!!!
For the moment I use Snapseed…an amazing App that gives the opportunity to process my photo in most quick and powerful way.
Of course digital is not analog..is something different that I’m starting to love.”
“Technology has come a long way and at this point, I think photography is just photography no matter what camera you have in your hand. For me its not necessarily the scene that captures my attention, but the way the light interacts with it. Unfortunately our mobile phones don’t have the most amazing dynamic range and they can struggle to recreate the scene that we see with our eyes. This is why I choose to create a lot of HDR images with ProHDR.
If you want to create better images, you absolutely have to edit them. Photos straight from the phone are typically a little dull. They usually need a boost in brightness, saturation and contrast at the very least. I find that if I make a number of subtle adjustments, the end result looks good without appearing overprocessed.
To create high quality images, you need to start with a decent exposure with good composition (use your rule of thirds grid) and a sharp image. One thing I do to make sure I get a sharp image is I use a tripod or steady my phone on a railing or whatever I can find. It definitely makes a difference when taking multiple exposures for an HDR image.
We are so lucky that there are a lot of quality apps out there that are worth so much more than they charge. These days, my favorites are ProHDR, Snapseed, ImageBlender, Camera+, and TouchRetouch. “
“I only use Hipstamatic on my iPhone. I don’t have technique tips as such but I think that program does require some familiarity with what works in different conditions to get the best results. I only use three or four of the lens/film combinations as I don’t like most of them, I particularly dislike the infra red and light leaky effects. For black & white BlacKeys works well with John S, or Lucas in low light conditions. As to subject/composition, I just take whatever catches my eye. I walk around London a lot and I’m always looking out for quite ordinary things like marks on walls, grids, etc that might be transformed into an interesting composition. I think those kind of close up subjects tend to make for better images than general views, though that sometimes works too. There’s a British artist, Prunella Clough, who influences my pictures quite a lot.”
” I have a few favourite apps that I use the most:
- Camera+ for fast editing, colourcorrection and cropping.
- Snapseed for the brilliant Drama filter. Really gives something special to your pictures. Also check out the Grunge effect, it’s very good!
- Diptic: I experiment a lot with this fun app to create weird looking symmetric images.
- Decim8. It’s a tricky app, but I like to use it as a final edit. It can give something special to your picture. I use the more subtle presets like motor or veth.
- Blender: Great app to make multiple exposures. I like to make different versions of my picture (sometimes I only change the colours or use decim8 for a more dramatic effect) and then blend those images. It can give some nice and suprising results.
To make my pictures more grunchy/scratchy I use a combination of PicGrunger and Scratchcam. Scrathcam has also al lot of great colourpresets.
I really do think that mobile phones will replace digital cameras! At this time I only use my iphone, the 8mp camera is amazing and I can imagine that its getting better and better in the future. This in combination with al those great apps makes a mobile phone much more powerfull than a digital camera! Another advantage is that you carry your phone always with you and it’s a lot less intimidating when your taking pictures of people! “
”Have more than 200 photography APP on my phone, often used are:Dynamic Light；A-HDR；Camera+；Snapseed；photo fx；lris；qbro；filter mania”
“Most of my images are made automatic mode, photometry in an angle where I always try to get a good balance of light, and prioritizing the object in focus. The use of flash is only for additional light and also in the latter case. end to prevent it from distorting colors and making the picture artificial. In summary it would be because it is very difficult to detail every time, lights are different conditions and environments vary greatly.”
- Bruno Tetto
”Here’s how I do it: Exposure is set to undershoot. White balance set to tungsten. ”
“I use RetroCamera and I just downloaded Vignette so I’m currently playing with that app now too and familiarizing myself with all the possibilities it holds.
Mobile phones could quite possibly and conceivably replace digital cameras in the future for families and just the average everyday or every-other-day user but I don’t really see mobile phones replacing higher-end professional-grade digital cameras in say journalism or the fashion industry. Not to say that mobile phones don’t have a place there too, I’ve seen articles about iphone usage in documenting the lives of soldiers during the Iraq War and I found those images as intriguing and just as provocative as images that might have been taken on film or with a digital camera. “
“Well when I first started photography as a hobby, I had a Sony Ericsson K750. I found I was quite confined to the quality and the functions available, but yet at the same time, quite interesting as bringing the best out of the pictures is the challenge. Later I bought a DSLR Nikon D70s, which got stolen sadly. So now i’m using my iPhone 4 to take pictures. Like I said, its the same with the iPhone, I’m limited to the functions available…but with good light conditions and location, grabbing the concept of the photo is what its all about. The picture quality maybe dependant on the phone, but they still take a good picture when given the best elements.”
“Mostly I use Camera+ with Instagram. Sometimes I’ll dally with Snapseed or King Camera. I’ve just started using Hipstamatic, which I’m not sure if I like or not. I’ve downloaded a lot of apps, actually, but those are the ones I return to, time and again.
I think the Mobile photography is mostly fun – it’s a new way of communicating and sharing. Some of it can be hideous, this is true, but I’ve also seen some wonderful works of true art done with it.”
“I always make sure I have my phone close to hand as I never know when I’m going to see something I want to take a picture of.
I typically take shots of things I think look cool or when I really like the colour/ shape of something.
Honestly it think it’s more luck and careful framing than anything”
“My IPhone is a new way to be creative with my photography. I can focus on unusual detail and photo essay with more ease. I adore the way it works in the dark and the way shadows are represented. Instagram is also wonderful, it breaks up repetition and helps create beautiful photos.
I encourage phone users to begin photographing the normal, the empty plate, the full sink, the morning sun coming through a dirty window, your child’s shoe in a mud puddle, homework, your FEET!
I think this is the most special aspect, we are no longer limited in our ability to portray the beauty in the world around us. just grab the Phone!”
“It’s not the camera but the photographer who takes pictures.
I do not really have a technique when using a mobile phone camera. It is interesting to use a camera that has technical limitations such as small image sensor and optics with fixed focal length. (challenge you more)
Use the camera often and have fun.”