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The iPhone 6 Camera

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After spending a couple years with Android smartphones, I jumped back over to Apple with the new iPhone 6. While I prefer the Android OS, I won’t really miss it because I’m still using it (lovin’ my Nexus tablet). Can’t imagine missing out on that sweet looking Android Lollipop update, so yeah, I’m in both camps :)

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The iPhone 6 a beautifully made device, and Apple finally upped the screen size. What I was really after this time around, however, is that iSight camera system. As much as I loved my Moto X, the camera was just ridiculously bad. Not so with the iPhone. It’s got a great sensor and lens combo that’s more responsive, faster focusing, and works better in low light than any phone I’ve had to date. Apple really nailed it when it comes to image processing as well, so colors look great and there’s a surprising amount of dynamic range (HDR results look pretty natural). iOS8 allows much more manual control over exposure than ever before, and the new photos app has great built-in tools for tweaking the images even further after capture.

All images in this post were taken with the iPhone 6, and some were edited in iOS8’s built-in photos app:

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So there you have it, my new favorite compact camera. :)

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October 26, 2014 at 3:02 pm

Can’t Predict the Weather

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iPhone 4s | 4.3mm f/2.4 | 1/1400 sec ISO64

Rain was predicted all weekend in San Francisco.  Of course, weather reports for this area are almost never accurate, and Sunday was gorgeous, though very cold. The morning light was clean and beautiful, and the sky was full of clouds.


iPhone 4s | 4.3mm f/2.4 | 1/2500 sec ISO64

These two shots were my favorite images taken yesterday. I took the one up top in the morning with my phone in one hand, cup of Philz in the other. The second image was taken during sunset at Ocean Beach, where it was windy and freezing. Both brought to you by the iPhone 4s, since I forgot to bring a memory card for my Fuji x100.

Out here, it seems you can take a pretty picture, but you can’t predict the weather ;)

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November 7, 2011 at 7:17 am

iPhone 4s: My New Ultra-Compact Camera of Choice

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Aw come on, Siri. I had higher hopes for you! Kidding. So I picked up an iPhone 4S over the weekend, and I’m pretty impressed with it. Besides the fact that the geeky sci-fi nerd in me loves the conversations I can have with my new “digital assistant”, the photographer in me is loving this new camera.

Seems like Apple has finally focused more attention on camera performance with this latest generation iPhone. With improved optics, a better sensor, and more processing horsepower behind it, the new camera is, in my opinion, leaps and bounds better than the one it replaces. It won’t have me leaving my always-with-me X100 at home, but I’m afraid my little Canon S90 is done for.

I’ve only had a couple opportunities to shoot with the iPhone 4S over the last few days, but here’s a small sampling from my weekend with it:

Not bad for a camera phone. On top of all this, these images synced over the cloud while I was out shooting (edit: when I found a wifi connection), and were therefore waiting for me on my computer when I got home. The fact that the iPhone is a connected camera sets it apart from the traditional ultra-compact camera competition in a very significant way, even if image quality still doesn’t quite stack up to that of a high-end compact like the Canon S100 or Panasonic LX5. But personally, I’ll probably never buy another compact camera. Between the X100 and my iPhone 4s, I’m totally covered, and I’m looking forward to testing out the 4s a lot more in the coming weeks.

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All Images: iPhone 4s

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October 25, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Shake it Like a [fake] Polaroid Picture

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Feeling a little bored today, so I downloaded ShakeItPhoto, an iPhone app that processes your images to look like Polaroids. Pretty cool. So I dug though my Iphone’s camera roll looking for old photos of Suki and converted them to [fake] prints:

Team Suki wishes you a great weekend!

 

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July 8, 2011 at 11:28 am

Camera Bag for Iphone

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As much as I love Hipstamatic for Iphone, it does cripple my ability to change the iPhone camera’s focus and metering point, and it also takes a while to get from booting up the app to actually shooting.

To give me a little more control and speed when I want it, I downloaded  Camera Bag for $1.99. It features several quirky filters that you can apply to any picture you’ve already taken (unlike Hipstamatic, which mimics the film toy camera experience).

My iPhone now has many photo editing abilities, including panoramic stitching and HDR. Which makes me wonder, why can’t my expensive D300s do stuff like this!? Wouldn’t it be cool if Nikon opened up their digital cameras to software developers? One can dream can’t he?

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January 27, 2010 at 6:00 pm

A New Blog and Portfolio

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So I thought I’d try something new and start another blog. I noticed lately that I have a ton of Hipstamatic images sitting in my Iphone collecting virtual dust, so I created a blog dedicated to Hipstamatic. Check it out!

http://jonathanhipstamatic.wordpress.com/

I also decided to get a portfolio started today. I was introduced to a cool site called carbonmade that offers a very simple and slick portfolio experience. You can check out this work-in-progress here:

http://jonathanfleming.carbonmade.com/

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January 25, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Hipstamatic for Iphone

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I just downloaded what I think will be my favorite iPhone camera application yet. Digitally imitating the quirky, unreliable, unpredictable output of film toy cameras, Hipstamatic for iPhone features a slick and creative interface. You select effects by swapping “lenses” or “film” or even “flash gels” on the “camera” to achieve film-like effects.

You can toggle between the front and back of the camera within the interface. The front of the camera let’s you change “lenses” with the swipe of a finger. Each “lens” has its own color, blurring, and vignetting characteristics. You can add more effects by using different “flash gels,” or swap out the “film” to shoot in black and white or to change the look of the borders.

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On the back of the virtual camera is a shutter button, a menu where you can review your “prints”, and a small “viewfinder” for composing your shots. You can program the “viewfinder” to be an accurate one, or an unpredictable inaccurate representation of the scene. Here are some wonderfully crummy shots that I took after downloading the app:

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Hipstamatic + Helga Viking Lens + Kodot Verichrome Lens, Flash off

Blurry, Over-saturated, and heavily vignetted? Oh yes!!!!

Hipstamatic + John S lens + Pistil film, Flash off

From the Recent Prints screen, you can review what lenses/film/flash setups you used for each shot, and output to Facebook or Email from within the app. At $1.99 for the app plus $0.99 for extra lens/film/flash packs, Hipstamatic has earned its place on the first page of my iPhone homescreen. Ok, time to go get my “shoot, don’t think” on!

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Update: I have a blog in place for my Hipstamatic shots now: http://jonathanhipstamatic.wordpress.com. Check it out!

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December 27, 2009 at 3:44 pm