Tag Archives: iPhoneography

Better flash for iPhone 5/5s

Here’s neat idea for iPhone 5/5s photographers: a better flash! It also functions as a video light and an off-camera modelling light – sounds great. Check out Kickstarter project Lightstrap at http://kck.st/1cWQ0ML or their video: 


I’ve ordered mine! If you’re new to Kickstarter make sure you are comfortable with the risks before you commit your hard-won cash.

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How to be a Postmodern photographer

Use of colour cast and camera phone only scores 2/10 on the snob annoyance scale

Use of camera phone, colour cast and no eye contact only scores 3/10 on the snob annoyance scale. Copyright Malcolm Raggett.

Here’s a great little article from Digital Camera World: How to Drive Photography Snobs Mad. The more of these “faults” you introduce into your photographs, the more Postmodern you will be!

camera phone, blown-out highlights, tilted horizon, no eye contact, visible noise, soft. 6/10 - getting better but room for improvement!

camera phone, blown-out highlights, tilted horizon, no eye contact, visible noise, soft. Score: 6/10 – getting better but room for improvement! Copyright Malcolm Raggett.

PAGE 1 –  Blown-out highlights
PAGE 2 –  Soft images
PAGE 3 –  Visible noise
PAGE 4 –  Shooting portraits from below eye-level
PAGE 5 –  No eye contact
PAGE 6 –  Colourcasts
PAGE 7 –  Converging verticals
PAGE 8 –  Tilting horizons
PAGE 9 –  Imperfect joins
PAGE 10 –  Great shots from compact cameras

Four Chairs on a Beach

This image is not about 4 chairs on a beach. Copyright Malcolm Raggett

This Image is Not About Four Chairs on a Beach. PEI, Canada. iPhone 4, Hipstamatic, Gsquad lens, BlacKeys Supergrain film. Copyright Malcolm Raggett

Commuting in London

Some London underground trains get really hot in the summer so why not substitute a cold drink can for your phone? (Maybe Apple’s next iPhone will have air conditioning built in)

hot afternoon commute, London

iPhone 4, Hipstamatic app, Buckhorst H1 lens, BlacKeys Supergrain film. Copyright Malcolm Raggett

Labrador ferry

Ferry journeys have lots of idle moments. Here are some of mine from a recent trip up the coast of Labrador, Canada (all with iPhone, Hipstamatic, Gsquad lens, Blackeys SuperGrain film):

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Hipstamatic experiments

I’m increasingly playing with low fidelity photography these days; I’m especially drawn to a few combinations of lenses and films in Hipstamatic on the iPhone. And with the demise of the iphoneography blog, I decided to add a lofi section to my own blog. There is still the excellent Life in LoFi blog of course.

Taken in a local cafe in 2012. iPhone+Hipstamatic app, Kaimal Mark II Lens, Kodot XGrizzled Film, No Flash. Copyright Malcolm Raggett
Taken in a local cafe in 2012. iPhone+Hipstamatic app, Kaimal Mark II Lens, Kodot XGrizzled Film, No Flash. Copyright Malcolm Raggett

There are several apps to choose from apart from the built-in camera app. I’ve opted for Hipstamatic as this offers hundreds of combinations of lenses and films. Plus, I like the square format.

Airstream Cafe, London
Airstream Cafe, London, 2012. iPhone+Hipstamatic app, Kaimal Mark II Lens, Cano Cafenol Film, No Flash. Copyright Malcolm Raggett

I realised I needed to find a few combinations that suited my style of photography. I’m not keen on nostalgia but I like desaturated colour and black & white. Fancy borders can sometimes be useful to add character and provide a unity to a set of pictures, though some of the Hipstamatic films go a bit overboard. Generally, the simpler the better!

Windmills
Windmillls, local garden centre, 2011. iPhone+Hipstamatic app, Kaimal Mark II Lens, BlacKeys SuperGrain Film, No Flash. I tried the image in colour but found it overpowering, prefering the abstract quality of black & white. Copyright Malcolm Raggett

iPhoneography in Lander, USA

I was passing through Lander, a town in Wyoming, USA, last week and visited the Lander Art Center where there was a captivating exhibition by 3 photographers David F. Schuster, Brad Christensen and Lonnie Slack.

All 3 had achieved different but consistent styles using their iPhone (or maybe the Android equivalent, it doesn’t matter):

iPhone photo by Brad Christensen

iPhone photo copyright Brad Christensen

iPhone photo copyright David F. Schuster

iPhone photo copyright Lonnie Slack

All 3 photographers had done a great job but if I had to pick a favourite it would be David Schuster, who had balanced the grunge of Hipstamatic  with the high tech gloss of aluminium prints (you have to see these in reality to appreciate them, rather than the copies of postcards I’ve used here).

It was well worth stopping for!