iPhone Life magazine

Joel Heffner is a writer and speaker. He has been writing about photography for about thirty years, ever since his book Amphoto Guide to Wedding Photography was published. Today, he mainly uses two types of cameras, pinhole cameras and an iPhone, a photographic odd couple of sorts.

iPhoneography: Color vs. Black-and-White


Although I don't have any ideas about the which came first between the chicken and the egg, I do have some ideas about which is better...color or black-and-white when it comes to photography. In the olden days when I was a little boy, there was no choice. Black-and-White film was available. You took your pictures and then took the film to the local drug store. About a week or two later, you'd return to the drug store and pick up your rather small black-and-white prints. Once we started to use color film, we had a choice, color or black-and-white. However, if you started with color negatives, you'd probably have to print the black-and-white version yourself, or send it to a photo lab.

iPhoneography needs...

It's time, I think, for Twitter to acquire Instagram or Picplz and Twitpic. Twitpic lets you upload pictures (from any digital source) onto Twitter. Instagram and Picplz let you take pictures with an iPhone, alter them, and then upload them to Twitter (among other places). It's time for Twitter to make some acquisitions to smooth out the process so that when I (we) use Twitter (the app) we can take pictures with our iPhones, alter them in whatever way we want, and upload them all within the same app. Come on Twitter, make my day! Please. :)

If Ansel Adams had an iPhone on October 31, 1941...

On October 31, 1941 Ansel Adams was driving along when he noticed a scene that excited him. He quickly pulled over and set up his 8x10 view camera. In his haste, he couldn't find his Weston exposure meter. He remembered what the exposure should have been for one part of the scene and came up with an exposure of 1 second at f/32 with the ASA 64 film he was using. Although he wanted to take a second image, the light changed and the scene was gone. Imagine if Mr. Adams had an iPhone on that fateful day that he took what probably is his most famous picture...Moonrise, Hernandez.

Pictures you miss when you don't have your iPhone with you...

Driving along I got a call from my wife. It lasted about 10 seconds. I put my iPhone down on the seat and continued on home. Since the snow is still in mile high piles in front of my house, I got out of the car to do a little shoveling. [I predict the snow will actually be around until May.] After shoveling, I went inside.

Unfortunately, when my son left with the car, my iPhone was still inside. It wasn't lost or anything terrible like that. It just wasn't with me all day today. Here are the pictures I missed today without my iPhone...

My little girls, as I call them, two of the cutest Pugs you ever saw, were in the backyard surrounded by snow. Missed shot.

8 Tips for iPhone Photo App Makers

Looking over the dozens of photo apps I've got on my iPhone, I think it's time to give app creators a bit of advice.

1. If you want to charge me for an app, charge me and DON'T give me a 'free' app that opens up asking me to upgrade before I've even had a chance to try it.

2. Look at other apps and please don't duplicate features that are generally available in a zillion other apps.

3. Please don't give me an app that creates black and white images and call it worthy of being. It isn't.

4. Folks who like "retro" or "lomo" or "holga" effects probably aren't interested in your creating an app that emulates what they do. Their whole reason for being is to do things the old fashioned...darkroom way.

If Alice Austen only had an iPhone...


Alice Austen was a noted photographer...about 100 years ago.

I admit it ... I like Squares!


Yes, it's true. I'll say it straight out: I like squares!

Square images, that is.

Every since I did wedding photography (many moons ago), I've enjoyed looking at square images. In those days, I used a Hasselblad that shot 2 1/4 square images on 120 film. Today's interest in Holga cameras keep up the use of square images.

When I take photos I frequently think about how they would be cropped for a square. Instagram is very useful when it comes to cropping squares. It allows you to crop images very easily. I like that feature. Here's what it looks like when you are cropping an image using Instagram. I particularly like the idea that you can 'move and scale' the image easily. If you like squares, Instagram is a useful (and free) tool. Try it.

Script + Actors + iPhones = A Movie

You might be seeing a movie in your local theater made entirely with an iPhone. Yep, it's true. Park Chan-wook, a noted Korean movie director, used iPhones to film his 30-minute fantasy-horror short called Paranmanjang (ups and downs). It was completely shot with iPhone 4s. It will be interesting to see how this film is received and if other directors and producers try their luck using iPhones as their cameras of choice.

Will an iPhone get an award at the next Academy Awards?

8 iPhone Photography Tips for Writers

As a writer for many years, my photographic skills have been very helpful. Now, carrying an iPhone around makes my writing even easier.

Here are some tips for using your iPhone pictures if you want to write articles...

iPhones are great tools for Toastmasters

The fear of public speaking is wide spread. Many folks attend Toastmasters meetings in hopes of overcoming the fear and learning how to speak in public effectively. One of the best ways to learn how to speak better is to see yourself on video. iPhones, of course, are idea for recording videos. The fact that you have it with you is a key factor as well.

You can record your fellow Toastmasters or ask one of them to record your speech. Emailing the video is also quick and easy. Before the end of the Toastmasters meeting, everyone can have their speech ready to see at home, in private.

If you belong to Toastmasters, consider offering to record speakers. Do NOT record anyone without their permission.

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