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iPhone Photography - Photographing Feelings

Here are a few tips for photographers looking to shoot images with more feeling.

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The Art Of iPhoneographyThis extract is from the Ilex title: The Art of iPhoneography. You can find more information about this book and other Ilex titles on their blog.

Whether you consider yourself a photographer, an artist, or simply a curious person fascinated by life, if you’re holding this book, I assume you’re intrigued with photography as a form of creative expression. In this chapter, we’ll loosen up your literal association with imagery and challenge your mind to see beyond the physicality of your subject and to explore a more expressive and conceptual approach to photography.

Keeping your iPhone with you at all times gives you an opportunity to quickly make images to express who you are, what you’re thinking, or how you’re feeling as you move through the day. Think of iPhoneography as visual journaling. Notice what attracts your eye as your mood shifts. Consider how you might express what’s on your mind or in your heart, using life as your canvas. Scan your image library and see what it might reveal about the rhythm of your emotions over time. iPhoneography can help you document not only the moments around you, but the evolution of what’s going on inside of you.

Shoot How You Feel

Beyond the simplicity of subject matter selection, consider ways you can use composition, perspective, light, color, and texture to express yourself. If you’re feeling lighthearted and hopeful, you might subconsciously be driven to create images that exude light, and contain broad areas of open space and natural objects with soft, delicate edges. If you’re feeling the weight of conflict or loss, your images might reveal dark shadows, complex shapes, jagged edges, or gritty, textured surfaces. You may not consciously understand how your current state influences the images you make, but shooting daily with your iPhone, collecting your images in an online journal, and taking a moment to associate a word or phrase with each of your images will help strengthen your emotional connection to your images.


Try this:

Scan through your image library and select a handful of your favorites. Study each image and ask yourself these questions:
  • What were you doing moments before you made the image?
  • What inspired you to make the image?
  • How did you feel at that moment?
  • How did the time of day, season, or weather impact the moment?
  • How does the image make you feel now?
  • If you could return to the scene now, how might you see it differently?
Wheel Chair Young girl Shoot how you feel
Cats Study Bird



Try this:

Create a series of self-portraits at least once a month for a year. You can also join one of many online Self-Portrait groups in Flickr to share your self-portraits with a community of contributors (and see how others express themselves). When taking your self-portraits, be creative with your environment and the parameters of your crop, and process the image in a way that reflects your current mood. Remember, self-portraits don’t have to reveal your face to say something about you.

If you have an iPhone 3G or 3GS: Position yourself in front of any mirror or reflective surface, and hold the phone up to it to make your image. Using an app such as Camera Genius offers a "Big Button" feature that converts your entire iPhone screen into the shutter button, making it easy to shoot without click precision. Or flip the iPhone around and use Camera Genius’s "Timer" feature for a click-free shutter release.

If you have an iPhone 4: Using your native camera, just click to switch to the front camera, check your image on the display to position your iPhone, and click the shutter button. (Refer to the "Getting Started" chapter if you need help.)

Self portrait

 Self Protrait with a mirror Self Protrait iPhone 
 Self Portrait  Self Portrait Pair
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