I usually shoot with a Fuji X100T or a Ricoh GR, but recently I’ve had some issues with back pain and was forced to leave my camera bag at home.
So, I went out with my iPhone only and it was fantastic. I knew that the iPhone has a very capable camera, but the shots I was getting were nothing short of amazing.
In many cases I didn’t even focus. I just pointed and shot, like with the image above.
It’s convenient, too. You just whip out the phone and you are ready to go. I use the ProCamera app. I launch the app and switch the phone into standby mode. When I need the camera, I push the home button twice and a second later I’m shooting pictures. Once your muscle memory sets in, you’ll be very happy.
I also like the phone because it’s non-threatening. Everyone has one and no one cares about yours. You are just another guy with a phone.
Here’s a little tip for you. In the ProCamera app you can change your aspect ratio. The native ratio is 4:3 and this will give you the widest camera angle. In my phone it’s like 28 mm, I believe. But when you change the aspect ratio to 3:2 or 16:9 the camera zooms in (digitally) and you end up with a longer lens. The focal length doesn’t really change. The camera just crops the image. But the effect is similar to a zoom.
At the 16:9 aspect ratio, which I love, the zoom factor is equivalent to something like a 50 mm focal length.
So, even though you can’t change lenses on the phone, you still get a variety of focal lengths to play with. How cool is that?
There is so much more good stuff about mobile photography I can’t even think of right now, but if you want, you can listen to my podcast interview with Olly Lang. He’s a photographer from Australia and he’s been doing mobile photography for as long as camera phones have existed.
Needless to say, I’ll be shooting with my phone a lot more in the future. I particularly love it for documentary shots, because it gets me access where I would raise eyebrows with my other gear.