Finally getting to appreciate my iPhone camera
I use my iPhone camera extensively when running workshops. It is a great tool to demonstrate possible compositions and explain techniques and the impact of different camera angles. When I bought the iPhone some 18 months ago it was my intention to use it as a replacement for a compact camera. It was certainly more expensive than one — eye watering so. I went for the ‘Pro’ version as it had the ultra wide angle lens on it, the perspectives of which I am quite partial to.
Despite being emplyed successfully on workshops as mentioned, I have never used any of the images captured. I had downloaded some images but thought that they weren’t really good enough. I suppose I was comparing them to my Nikon D850 which is not really reasonable. I have been running a few workshops down in Rye recently and had captured quite a few images which looked, on the phone, quite good. Indeed, I had compositions and subjects that I had never captured on my DSLR and thought that they would be good candidates for this very web site.
Running a long exposure workshop, I use an app called ‘Spectre’ which allows you to make long exposure images. This means that you have to hold the camera very still and as such camera movement is a real issue when looking at the images on a full screen. So this can be quite limiting restricting you to smaller displays or creating composites like the one above. Post processing in Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop can help the images quite alot though I have to confess you don’t really have to do much with them.
What is amazing is the ability of the camera to shoot into the sun and expose correctly. It is versatile and most importantly it is the camera you always have with you — which is the best camera to have!