The Darkroom is in Your Pocket with the iPhone
Use Your iPhone to take Capture Your Summer Memories Better
By Hannah Towler
Columnist and author Allan Hoffman remembers entering the dark room and mundanely watching the colors process. The waiting game of negative image processing is always one of chance. “Taking photos used to be quite cumbersome,” he says. Life has gotten a lot easier as he has ventured into the world of iPhone photography. When digital photography became popular in the 2000s, taking photos became much easier. Today, we have technology far beyond what experts could have predicted one hundred years ago. Hoffman explains how we have some of the most powerful, yet simple tools in the history of photography. A microscopic lens is capable of some of the best photographs, and the iPhone has specs far beyond many point-and-shoot cameras.
Allan Hoffman is perhaps best known for his book, Create Great iPhone Photos. In his book, he shows readers how easy it can be to create compelling photos by adjusting photo filters and learning the basics of photo sharing. “The idea of the snapshot is changing the way friends, kids and family are sharing memories,” Hoffman says. “We are able to take a photo on our phone now, and print it at our local CVS within an hour. iPhone and Android users are able to shoot, edit and publish all from their phone.”
Now that just about anyone can take great photos, it seems professional photographers may feel some competition with the iPhone and the ease of creating professional looking photos. However, Hoffman says even that the pros are enthralled with iPhone photography. Professional photographer, Anna Kujacznski is one testament. “I find I use my camera less for everyday things because I can take good pictures with my phone,” she says.
While thinking of recommendations for Hope readers, Allan suggested exploring a few iPhone apps. Camera + is a great app for basic features that a point-and-shoot camera will give you. One of its best features is the self-timer. Instagram is probably the most popular photo app for the iPhone right now. Users are able to apply filters and instantly show friends what they are taking photos of. Kujacznski’s Instagram photostream consists of a colorful array of food photos, a trend among many iPhone users. One of Allan’s favorite throwback apps is Hipstamatic, a retro styled camera app for the iPhone.
Android and iPhone users can now send postcards from their phones using Postagram Postcards app. The app is free of charge and allows you to send a printed postcard from wherever are in the world for as low as 99 cents. The prints are created from your own photo and are mailed to your recipient on glossy postcards at 300 dpi resolution.