I’ve been a photography hobbyist for several years now. I own a Nikon D80. When shooting with my D80, I capture in RAW and post process in Lightroom3. I honestly grew tired of spending so much time in front of a computer processing images. I was losing interest fast. So much so that I went out and bought a Nikon F100 film camera. I wanted to become more technically proficient and spend less time messing around in front of a computer screen. The downside to film is that I still need to scan my film images to be able to share with friends and family.
I picked up the iPhone 4 this Spring and I’ve been loving the spontaneity of its camera, the creativity of its photography apps and its small size. All of the images I share on this blog have been taken with my iPhone, unless otherwise stated.
There are so many great photography apps out there, but my go to staples are Camera+, Instagram, and Hipstamatic.
Camera+ : I latched on to this app not long after I bought my iPhone. I like this app so much that I don’t even touch the standard Camera application that the iPhone comes with. It’s easy to select your focus area and manage exposures. I also use the edit feature and use the FX Effects options to process pictures.
Instagram : This app is free and as of June had more than 5 million users. Instagram allows you to quickly share your images on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Tumblr, Foursquare, Posterous and via Email. It also has some fun filters to play with and the ability to mimic tilt-shift effects.
Hipstamatic : I was late to the Hipstamatic party, but I’m loving it now. This app is so much fun! I mentioned in a previous post that I’ve been impressed with the speed of Hipstamatic. You can purchase films, lenses and flashes to create pure spontaneous joy. This app has three different resolution settings to choose from which is a bonus. You can also order prints of your Hipstamatic images from within the app which are very reasonably priced and arrive in record time.