It would be interesting to see a running list of terminology created as a result of iPods, iPhones, and the like. What’s more interesting though is what those terms refer to – like "iPhoneography," now is something with far more meaning.
Taking photos with iPhone cameras is considered a photographic art form. If that sounds far-fetched, consider Damon Winter, who won awards in August, 2011 for his iPhone photos capturing the war in Afghanistan, which were even published by The New York Times. iPhones have continued evolving with increased mega pixels, better focusing systems, larger sensors, and a plethora of other features allowing users more creative control.
How Your iPhone Has Evolved
This is particularly true with iPhone 5c’s and iPhone 5’s, which offer features like slow-motion video and “true tone” flash, using a white and amber LED light that provides perfect color temperature and thus better exposure results. Boasting a five-element F2.2 lens allowing up to 33% more light, users achieve better lighting results in darker situations. In addition to a well-rated 8-mega pixel sensor, iPhones 5’s have a panoramic feature, and can shoot up to 10 frames per second in burst mode with continued holding of the shutter button: A huge improvement over its counter-part, the iPhone 4.
There’s no shortage of editing and shooting tools either, like clip-on lenses that allow shooters the use of wide angle, fish-eye, and macro lenses. Giving users a variety of shooting possibilities, tripods and tripod mounts now widely available also come in handy, especially when shooting in low light. Even headphones are useful tools - the volume button acts as a shutter release.
But what’s an iPhone without an app? It’s no surprise that there are more editing and sharing apps available than one could use in a lifetime. Popular ones include MobiTog, iColorama, Filterstorm, iDesign, and Hipstamatic. Basic editing apps offer adjusting color, black and white capability, blending images, collages, lightening or darkening, panoramic, vignette, selective coloring, and more, giving users their own digital darkrooms right in the palm of their hands. Sharing apps combined with the ability to scan photos for infinite storage is a match made in heaven. While nothing compares to full size DSLR’s or point and shoots, iPhones offer ease of use and are definitely more convenient than lugging around equipment.
The social aspect of iPhoneography is worth mentioning too. For example, MobiTog is an online iPhoneography community where fans of this new medium discuss their passion, share photos, and read the latest about this now worldwide trend. For example, FotoRuta, based in Buenos Aires, started iPhoneograpy Adventures in 2011. Participants enjoy an afternoon of shooting in either Buenos Aires or Santiago, hanging out with professional photographers, shooting in ideal photographic spots, and wrap up the day by relaxing with a glass of wine while editing the day’s shots.
iPhones Can't Replace Photo Scanning
Even though you're capturing iPhone photos all the time, don’t forget to scan photos – it’s easy to forget about your original prints.
iPhoneography will continue grasping the attention of professional photographers and hobbyists alike, and it’s clear this smartphone’s camera isn’t just for “selfies” anymore.
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