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Android & iPhone Photography, Part 1

I love mobile photography! Now I always have a camera with me since I always have the phone. While I still feel a little guilty that I might not get the "best" picture with the phone, I know I will get something, and that is always better than nothing.

Having the limitations of the cell phone camera makes the photographic exercise more challenging. For example, I have no telephoto lens so I need to move in closer to the subject to fill the frame. The most challenging exercise, though, is finding a way to strip the subject down to its essence. My friend, David Gillis, is a master of "the essence," as you can see in his iPhone photos below.

 David Gillis Design

David Gillis Design

 David Gillis Design

David Gillis Design

 David Gillis Design

David Gillis Design

David has a great eye for line, shape and color to bring that extra something to his mobile photography; principles that improve any photographic image.

Another fun aspect of mobile photography is the post processing. There are a multitude of apps to choose from, and my recent favorites are Snapseed and Pixlr Express for Android. In a matter of minutes I can transform the photo and have a totally new look, create a mood, improve the color and so much more. Both these images are different treatments of the same flower arrangement.

 Processed with Snapseed

Processed with Snapseed

 Processed with Pixlr Express

Processed with Pixlr Express

The possibilities are endless so it's fun to experiment with different looks. I guess you can get too crazy with this stuff, but I love all the options the processing software offers. And it's easy to do!

 Processed with Pixlr Express

Processed with Pixlr Express

I had to work at getting close enough to the nest to get a good image. In the processing the distracting elements in the background were improved with a little creative focus and blurring.

For most of Knapp's mobile shooting, he uses Vignette camera for Android which includes a lot of post processing options.

In the lighthouse photo he was trying to get as close as he could to the reflection without submerging the phone or himself!

 Knapp Hudson

Knapp Hudson

I love this image of wooden doors with the sunlight streaming across them. A very subtle, evocative picture. 

 Knapp Hudson

Knapp Hudson

Knapp has a special way with flowers whether using his Nikon or his cell phone camera, and I am struck once again how good these cell phone cameras are!

 Knapp Hudson

Knapp Hudson

At HOSSedia Justin Balog has a LOT of information about iPhone photography with tutorials, photos and his observations. I recently found his web site and watched a Snapseed webinar he presented for Nik.

For me, it's not about the apps themselves, but about how the apps extend the creative vision. Coming from a film background, for me the digital world is like being a kid in a candy store! If you can think it up, there is a way to bring your vision to life and that is where you can have the real fun!