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