New Website Gallery – iPhone Photographs!

Snow on Turkeytail Mushrooms
Snow on Turkeytail mushrooms

As another way to share my growing interest in iPhone photography, I have added an iPhone photography gallery to my website. The 15 images in the gallery were all taken with my iPhone 5 during the past few months. Many more will be added later in the year as we move into the growing seasons of spring and summer.

Some people may feel that the tiny camera in the iPhone 4s and iPhone 5 is merely a toy camera. Nothing could be further from the truth. The 8 megapixel main camera in the iPhone 5, equipped with a 4.1mm lens, roughly equivalent to a 28mm wide-angle lens on a full-frame 35mm dSLR, is a serious camera capable of producing excellent images that can be enlarged to beautiful 11×14-inch inkjet prints. The color rendition of my iPhone 5 camera is on a par with the color rendition of my Nikon dSLR cameras, and carrying a camera that only weighs 4 ounces, compared with a heavy camera bag and tripod, is very liberating. Will the iPhone ever replace my dSLR cameras? Of course not, but there are rumors of a 13 megapixel camera in the new Samsung Galaxy S 4 smartphone and the next generation of iPhones will likely include a camera with a true optical zoom lens and other improvements. Wildlife photography and sports and other fast action photography needing super telephoto lenses, fast autofocus and shooting speeds of ten or more frames per second will dictate the use of dSLRs for years to come, but for many other types of photography technology marches on and smart phone cameras are likely to increasingly offer an attractive alternative to point-&-shoot cameras.

Squaw Rock trail, South Chagrin Reservation, Ohio
Squaw Rock trail, South Chagrin Reservation, Ohio

The photo above was taken during a hike a few weeks ago, then processed using Adobe Photoshop Touch on my iPad 4. Adobe Photoshop Touch is a scaled down iPad/iPhone version of Photoshop, with all the important features of the full program, including layers and  masks. I used Adobe Photoshop Touch to fine-tune the tonality of the photo and convert it to black-&-white. Adobe Photoshop Touch costs $9.99 for the iPad, and only $4.99 for the iPhone version. The desktop version of Photoshop CS6 retails for almost $700! Most of the many photography apps for the iPhone and iPad are just a few bucks, and many are free downloads from Apple’s iTunes store.  At our April 6 iPhone Photography Workshop at the Cuyahoga Valley Art Center, you’ll learn more about some of the best apps for iPhone photography.

Red Pine, Killdeer Plains, Wyandot County, Ohio
Red Pine, Killdeer Plains, Wyandot County, Ohio

If you are used to lugging around a dSLR, and fiddling with dozens of camera settings, using an iPhone camera can be a bit disconcerting. You can’t adjust the shutter speed, f/stop, or ISO directly, and you won’t get consistently tack sharp images unless you use the right techniques. The built-in camera options and settings are a good start, but there are many iPhone camera capture apps that provide useful additional options. Some of them are free downloads! We’ll review and compare some of these apps as part of our iPhone photography workshops.

As an added incentive, the next ten people to register for our April 6 iPhone Photography Workshop will each receive a signed copy of my 2013 Ohio Nature or Ohio Places wall calendar. Take your pick as long as supplies last.

Here’s a link to more information on the workshop, and registration details:

Here’s a link to the new iPhone photography website gallery:

Remember, the best camera is the one you (nearly) always have with you – your iPhone!











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