Filmmaker and Polaroid Photographer Wim Wenders There is nothing wrong with pictures from a smartphone camera. But creating images with a phone camera should not be called photography “I’m in search of a new word for this new activity that looks so much like photography but isn’t photography anymore,”
Iphone in a War Zone Damon Winters Afghanistan 2010 In 2010 the New York Times' Damon Winter won an award for his Hipstamatic take on the daily lives of US soldiers in Afghanistan. It caused a stir over concerns that the app's nostalgia-heavy styling romanticised war.
Richard Koci Hernandez US Photographer and teacher Hernandez says the iPhone brought him back to the basics of photography – light, composition, the moment and click. Hernandez has more than 252,000 followers on Instagram from around the world
“I fell in love with the iPhone camera] so quickly, I disavowed myself from every professional camera, boxed them up and have never gone back,” says Hernandez, “It literally changed my life.”
Hernandez’s words hint at the seismic disruption smartphone cameras, especially the iPhone, have had on the world of photography. Conventional camera sales have been in a free fall as Apple has brought greater sophistication to the camera with each generation of iPhone. Combined with social media apps like Instagram and Facebook, people document and share their lives like never before. The photo-sharing platform, Flickr, reported last year that the iPhone became the single-most-used camera among its 10 million users.
“Social is the key component of this when talking about mobile photography,” says Jason Farman, associate professor of American Studies at University of Maryland-College Park. “The way the iPhone camera links out to the broader world, they’re not simply photographs. It’s the expression of identity and how people craft their social world.”
Elle Australia cover on Iphone 7 Shot by Georges Antoni June 2017 "One thing that struck me was how liberating it was to shoot and not worry about lenses, tripods, tethering to the computer, etc. It’s also such an interesting dynamic to see how the public are so conditioned to seeing people shooting on their phones that they don’t really take notice"
How to 1. Keep your fingers off the lens - it is clean !! 2. Find a comfortable position in good light 3.Move in slowly until the subject is sharp 4. Hold the phone very steady 5. Take several pictures and check them in between