Keepin’ the creativity flowing

On March 31, 2010 by Simon Fleming

I know this is an old topic these days but iPhone photography (or any other camera phone for that matter) really can be a great source of creativity. Despite my fetish for shiny new things, especially technology based, I’m a little late on the scene when it comes to purchasing an iPhone – only had one for a few months now. I have to say I love it. I make use of a ton of it’s features everyday – it even allows me to talk to other people if I so desire (who woulda thought?) – and I especially use the camera on it, a lot.

I would be the last person to have expected this, considering I am more than happy lugging around ten kilos of camera gear regularly, and do so because of the results I get from that gear. Having said that, I am certainly not saying the picture quality compares or is even on the same planet but I’m not expecting it to be. What it does do is allow me to take pictures pretty much anywhere at any time, of things I wouldn’t necessarily bother with. If I have an idea for a more ‘serious’ image I use the iphone to record my idea – and sometimes make notes using the voice recorder. On other occasions I just take pictures because it’s easy to..  and just because I love taking pictures. I must admit I have been quite surprised at the quality of some of the results – again they are not destined to become wall murals but they do have their own unique quality nonetheless.

Bottom line is, if you haven’t tried using your iPhone or any other phone’s camera, give it a go – what have you got to lose? I obviously still shoot my important images & paying work with my SLR but in the meantime I’m having a great time challenging myself to come up with something surprising with my iPhone – and finding that it keeps my creative juices flowing. To quote Chase Jarvis – “The best camera is the one that’s with you”. There really is more to that quote than meets the eye (no pun intended)

All the images within this latest blog were shot on my iPhone & edited with applications solely on the iPhone.

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