As the name suggests, iPhoneography is the art of capturing and editing images with an iOS device. The iPhone’s powerful camera has made taking beautiful photographs easier since users don’t have to worry about the technicalities that come with a single lens reflex camera, which has to be toggled manually. The iPhone’s camera automatically adjusts itself, which means the user can focus on other elements such as composition and lighting.
With powerful photo editing apps like Snapseed and Filterstorm, you can instantly edit and share your photos on sites like Flickr and Instagram where a community of fellow “iPhoneographers” can find you and appreciate your work.
The simplicity, accessibility and implicit spontaneity of iPhoneography have captured many followers. It’s become a worldwide trend, with a lot of creative individuals producing great work, which has prompted the launch of iPhone Photography Awards. The competition accepts photographs taken with iPhones, iPods or iPads and receives submissions from over 70+ countries all over the world.
There is a fast-growing community of iPhoneographers today and many share tips and tricks online about anything from new gadgets you can use with your iPhone for effects to post-processing advice. Some popular websites include iPhone Photography School and AMPt Community.
Why the iPhone?
The iPhone’s built-in camera has been ahead of its competitors. With its focus on pixel quality instead of number and the sophistication of its sensors and fine-tuned hardware, Apple has always stood out from the crowd and smartphones in general have now become the most popular alternative to digital cameras. These days, people take pictures with their smartphone more often than they do with cameras and it must be said that Apple tends to remain at the forefront of smartphone camera technology. I realize some of you may disagree. J Innovations come at breakneck speed in this market, however, so expect to see more competition from other makers. The best part about all this is that it will result in even better products for us consumers.