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Paul Brown (known to all as Skip) is an exhibited and prizewinning iPhoneographer from Lincoln, England. He is a member of the global Advanced Mobile Photography Team, a managing member of Lincolnshire-based regional mobile photography Group InstaChimps, and a founding artist at New Era Museum. Skip was a finalist in the Photobox Motographer of the Year 2012 with his image ‘Skipping’ and also has a personal iPhoneography blog at skipology.com.

Rules of iPhoneography: Create Movement in Static Images [Video Tutorial]


The following workflow explains iPhone apps you can use to create motion effects in images. In my previous two posts, I looked at exposure and depth of field. Within, I discussed the limitations of controlling the aperture of the iPhone and the resulting inability to easily control shutter speed without compromising exposure.

The image at the beginning of this post began as a very static freeze-frame image (shown at right). I thought it was promising but lacked the dynamic quality I wanted to inject.

The following video, which lasts less than 10 minutes, runs through the full process in real time with my own commentary, also in real time.

Rules of iPhoneography: Depth of Field


Sharp focus is one of the key aspects of capturing a great photograph. Focus and exposure are probably the two most critical technical areas photographers need to understand, and my last post, "Rules of iPhoneography: Capture Every Detail with These Exposure Tricks," looked at exposure in some detail. For my second post, I want to focus on focus (really sorry, couldn't help myself).

The iPhone, like all phone camera technology I'm aware of, gives us very little scope to play with focus at the point of capture. This is because the relationship between its optics and its sensor is such that typically the vast majority of the scene will be in focus, or almost in focus, even if we just point and click. We would describe this as a large depth of field or depth of focus.

Rules of iPhoneography: Capture Every Detail with These Exposure Tricks

A good image is a good image irrespective of the device it is captured on. Photographic rules including focus, composition, and exposure are universal and apply just as much to an iPhone image as any other. Therefore, I'm focusing my first post on exposure in iPhoneography.
The human eye is an amazing thing. It adjusts to light automatically and instantly. We therefore view a huge range of light levels in a single scene without realizing just how much our eyes are working. On the face of it, a camera and therefore an iPhone camera cannot replicate the combination of human eye and brain. How often have you captured a scene and thought, "But that's not how it looked to me?"

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