How to be an iPhoneographer {The guide or rather map}: Part I


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I call myself an iPhoneographer in my Twitter bio. The content of this blog documents my attempts at iPhoneography.

The other day I asked myself what the term even means. Reaching deep into the cavernous expanses of my brain (I shall let you be the judge as to whether said spaces are filled with much) I remembered a tweet I once read that said, “The iPhone is today’s Polaroid camera”. That is the essence of iPhoneography. You always have your camera with you. You can capture moments as they happen. Oh, and the quality of the images are astoundingly good and there are amazing photo apps that make you feel cool and hip. What is not to love?

While this seems simple we all need a road map from time to time (As a side note, when was the last time you actually saw a physical roadmap? The most frustrating part is there is no blue dot telling you where you are and the walking route to the nearest coffee shop). So I have put together a map to becoming an iPhoneographer. This essentially gets you to the highway. From there you have to figure out which way to go.

1. Obtain an iPhone. You work out the details on this but get one. I hear Apple stores have a few on hand.

2. Skip lunch one day (let’s be honest, I know it would not hurt me) and save $5.97.

3. Buy these three apps:
Camera+
Hipstamatic
Magic Hour

If you were too hungry (or so cheap you had to put the money you saved under the mattress) then grab Instagram.

4. Take as many photos as you possibly can without shame and then take three more.

5. Learn from and appreciate #iPhoneographers on Twitter, G+, WordPress, etc.

6. Share the moments, places, people, things, etc. you capture.

7. Enjoy it. This is the best part for me. I really do enjoy it.

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15 thoughts on “How to be an iPhoneographer {The guide or rather map}: Part I

  1. Great post, thanks for the advice! I’ve been messing around with Hipstamatic for a bit and just got on Instagram. I’m looking to improve my skills and am inspired by all the other iPhoneographers/Mobile Photographers.

      1. I can’t believe all the options with Hipstamatic. I’ve lost so much time playing around with the different combinations of lenses/film, it’s so cool.

  2. I have been blogging for a month and finally got on the Hipstagram bandwagon. Will definitely read your blog about it! And more…Magic Hour, haven’t even heard of it! Thanks for the tips. 🙂

  3. Great topic. For me is also something like being minimalist. I don’t like and I don’t want to have 100 objects in a bag around me to take a pic, make a video and doing lots of other things too. The iPhone just set me free in this feelings too.

    And hey, saving a lunch it’s good too, we can buy another app that day instead. lol

      1. lol, yes, but I’m still thinking about it. I don’t want to end up with a small bag full of small lenses! For now I stick with 1 device, and I’ll be curious to see what Polaroid come out with. Thinking about the future of iPhone lenses… I know, I know, it’s too soon but still… 😉

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