Anything that is commonly regarded as the realm of teenage narcissism is also usually considered dumb at best. At worst, it is considered some sort of blight on our society. The proliferation of iPhone photography falls along this spectrum.
For every Instagramd photo of some profound street art or bathroom selfie, there’s someone out there griping about people photographing life instead of actually living it. And while there is merit to just putting your iPhone away for once, I kind of like waving my pom-poms behind any movement that puts artistic production in the hands of common people. To get a bit existential for a minute, creating things seems to be one of the fundamental parts of actually living life. So take that, iPhone photography critics!
Still, the only thing worse than taking only high contrast, washed out, shot-from-above MySpace-style selfies is actually being someone who still uses MySpace. Even though we’re into the democratizing effect that iOS has on photography, that doesn’t mean we think there isn’t any actual skill involved in taking iPhone photos.
So, all that being said, how do you get the most out of the iPhone pictures you take? Well, Dan Rubin, the editor-at-large of the Photographic Journal, talks about different apps that will help you take iPhone photos to the next level. Included among his teachings are essential skills like how to edit your ex out of any picture, how to take long exposures, and how to re-frame any existing photo you have on your phone:
Just because your phone comes with a built-in camera app doesn’t mean there’s no other app out there you can take pictures with. Play around with the recommended apps mentioned in the video and have fun. After all, that’s what iPhoneography is all about!