|"Reflected", David Hayes, 2011|
This past spring I switched my then current cell phone for an iphone4...and to say that I've been having way too much fun with it's camera and the camera apps out there would be an understatement!! I had heard a lot of positive things about the iphone's camera and was seeing more and more about the apps...as well as the pictures taken with these....that I decided to get the iphone4 sooner vs. later.
As of late I've been playing around with the Hipstamatic app and it's "newest" in-camera app, the Retro Pak which gives the user a "Salvador 84" lens, "Dream Canvas" film as well as another lens that I haven't tried yet...I really like the Salvador 84 lens! The picture above, "Reflected" was taken with this app as were these next two pics:
|"Friday Night", David Hayes, 2011|
|"My World", David Hayes, 2011|
I'm impressed with how this app mix takes ordinary scenes and changes the perspectives of what is seen. You never know what you'll get...so each of these are a delightful surprise!
|"Self-Portrait #2", David Hayes, 2011|
This next pic, "Self Portrait #2" was one that I played around with using several of the camera apps that I have. I first started with Incredibooth that mimics an old portrait booth and took 4 shots of myself in various head poses. I used the Photoshop app to clean this up a bit, then the ColorSplash app to focus the color just on my head, leaving the background black and white. Then...I used Pic Grunger to "grunge" it up with "bleach spills" and a wrinkled paper background. Saving all of this, I then sent it to my printer, which did it's own cropping...so instead of getting all four frames, I was left with the center two frames...cropped in half! Since this final image only existed in print form, I had to scan it to get a digital image of it. Talk about going through a number of generations!! But...creating all of this in-camera....before sending it to the printer and then scanning...only took me about 10 minutes! Too much fun!!!
Of course, I've featured all of these pics in my Flickr site and on my Etsy shop...as well as my Tumblr site. Two books that I have found very useful and would highly recommend are: Create Great iPhone Photos by Allan Hoffman and iPhone Obsessed by Dan Marcolina. You can get both of these books at Amazon.
I have been a photographer since the 70's...learning the mysteries of black and white film and paper development in the darkroom. I own many cameras...film and digital...have a darkroom...use CS4 alot...but I have to tell you, this iphone4 camera and apps are certainly changing how I go about creating photographs!!