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iPhone as a Photography Tool

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 , Posted by Author at Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Got an iPhone? Check out how you can use it as a tool in photography.

There has been a lot of buzz around the iPhone lately, especially among photographers. And for good reason… the iPhone has a host of photography-related tools that are both fun and useful.

Though the iPhone won’t be replacing our DSLR anytime soon, we almost always have our iPhone with us which means it is available many times when our DSLR isn’t. As the quote goes, “the best camera is the one you have with you”.

One of the most favorite ways to take photos with the iPhone is using an app called Pano. Pano allows you to shoot up to 16 images side-by-side which are then stitched together on the fly in about a minute. The stitching doesn’t quite line up correctly sometimes and the noise levels are higher. But still, you can create a panoramic image in less than 5 minutes without a tripod on your cellphone.

Beyond panoramas, the iPhone is capable of shooting a variety of other styles on the fly including tilt-shift fakes, fisheye images and night photography. Another interesting app, GeoLogTag geotags your images. Once you have the app running (and verify that your camera’s clock and iPhone are in sync) it will keep track of everywhere you have been during a photo trip. The data can then be exported as a standard GPX file or you can link GeoLogTag to your Flickr account and the app will automatically update the map data through that site.

Using the data services of the iPhone, you can publish photos to the web from almost anywhere. Even when you have a DSLR with you, use your iPhone to send a photo and a quick update to your blog or Facebook page so that people can see what you are doing in real-time. With the applications available on the App Store, you can upload photos to just about any social media service on the web.

Keeping your favorite photos synced to your iPhone turns the device a perfect little digital portfolio. The screen is very high quality and having a collection of images in your pocket at all times makes sharing with people very easy. You can use the iPhone to show off photos to friends, and family . I can not overstate the importance of being able to show people your work, and the iPhone is another useful tool for doing exactly that.

Do you have an iPhone? Do you use it’s camera or other features in your photography? Got any images to share with us? Feel free to link to your best iPhone images in comments below.

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