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.

Is an iPhone Photography Workshop in your future?

In the olden days (before iPhones), if you attended a photography workshop, you'd learn some good techniques and write down all the stuff you needed to achieve them. By the time you got home and bought the equipment, you probably didn't really remember how to use it. Now, things are different.

If you go to an iPhone workshop, you can literally get the equipment (i.e. Apps) right then and there. You can experiment with it as the instructor is speaking. And the best part is that the "equipment" you'll get is either free or very inexpensive.

iPhone workshops are popping up all over. Look for one in your area, or better yet, create your own iPhone Photography Workshop. Hmmm...that's a good idea. I think I'll try it myself. :)

Is this a good time for the good old days of photography? I hope so...

Using an iPhone to take pictures is fast, easy, and fun. Using the many iPhone photo Apps makes the experience even better. Now (I hope) is a good time for App makers (at least one, I hope) to consider going way back to the beginning of photography and create an App or add to an existing App what are now called alternative photographic processes. I would love to see an App the allows me (us) to give us the same look as we got from albumen, bromoil, carbon, cyanotypes, daguerrotypes, gum bichromates, kallitypes, palladium, platinum, Polaroid lifts, and vandykes.

If you want to get those old effects, it's very time consuming, and in many cases physically dangerous to deal with the poisonous chemicals. Come on App developers, let us get back to photographic basics...please.

Which iPhone photo App do you use most?

A quick look at my iPhone Apps shows that I've got more photo related Apps than all others...combined. Yes, I really do like photography. I download just about all of the photo Apps I find that sound interesting. I still wonder sometimes what some of them are actually about. I'd love to see all Apps come in English versions. But, that's a different story.

I find that one App is used more than all the others by a large margin. Why? It's simple to use. It provides some interesting effects. It allows me to upload them onto Twitter and Facebook if I want. It also allows me to store them on a dedicated site that is open to the public. I like that too. So, what App is my favorite photo related App?

Drum roll...

My favorite is Best Camera by Chase Jarvis.

When Too Good isn't Good at all...



Hidden away in closets are three cameras. None are digital. They don't even take 35 mm film. I admit it...I'm an old Polaroid user. Although there is a movement to revive the old Polaroid movement by The Impossible Project, I am fascinated by the iPhone Apps that try to emulate the old Polaroid "look." Apps like ShakeIt have been made that allow you to re-create the look and feel of old Polaroid prints.

They are even fun to use. You can "shake" or "blow" on the image, they say, to help them develop.

Hey Buddy, got $500,000 for an iPhone App?

Yes, you too can create your own iPhone App...for $500,000. That's what the folks who created Instagram, a photography App for the iPhone are doing. Using $500,000 in seed money (according to their own FAQ) they have created Instagram. With Instagram, you can create some interesting effects and then put the image online. Not the best effects and not the best online interface, I may add. It looks like you can do wonders if you know the right investors.

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