“You use Instagram? You must be a professional photographer”. The sarcasm in the tweet alone made me smile but there is a lot truth underlying the sarcasm. A lot of folks get into iPhoneography because of the convenience of the iPhone camera. Then there are incredible apps that can transform mundane photos. But at the end of the day, those apps can only transform the content of the underlying photo.
Often times the best iPhoneographers are professional photographers. The reason is they understand composition, lighting, subject matter, etc. They see the photo before it’s taken. As I have continued to pursue iPhoneography it has become clear I have to learn these skills myself. Let’s be honest, half of the content shoved onto to Twitter with the #iPhoneography-#instagram-#photography hashtags are just a crappy photo with a Dianne filter dressing it up a bit (click here for an interesting post by a professional photographer and his take on iPhoneography). That is to be expected as so much of social media is built around sharing the here and now, not necessarily incredible images. But I want something different out of iPhoneography. I want to create high quality images that reflect and document my experiences with the tool I always have with me, my iPhone.
So, how to accomplish this? There isn’t a photography skills app that will instantaneously take amazing photos for us. We have to develop them through experimentation and practice. There must be failures and triumphs. But i think this is where the fun begins. From my perspective learning a few basic principles of composition significantly improves photography. Following are resources I have used to improve my iPhoneography using basic composition principles.
It’s not rocket science. Spend a few minutes reading one of these and then go attempt to apply them on your next iPhoneography jaunt. I garuntee you will see an improvement in your iPhoneography.
How are you applying basic photographic principles in your iPhoneography?