Instagramer Life: My iPhone 4 is killing my digital cameras!
All these cameras have something in common: THEY ARE NEVER USED!
The camera of my choice for everyday’s use is the camera from the iPhone 4. Of course you will tell me that the picture quality of the iPhone 4 compared to a single lens reflex (SLR) camera is not matchable. This is of course true. For the compact cameras though, the difference is minimal! (specially daylight pictures).
The real power of the iPhone 4 camera is not its hardware specifications, but the software (Apps) behind it that make taking pictures more fun than ever. Below I am highlighting the features that make the iPhone so great and mentioning some amazing Apps that are changing how we though about photography. Actually, I just realized I am a social photographer!
The iPhone 4 is killing my digital cameras because following features:
100% Mobile: my iPhone 4 camera is ALWAYS with me, day and night, at school, at work, in the bus, in the metro. This means, I can take good quality pictures or HD Videos from whatever I want, wherever I am.
Geolocation: An iPhone has always access to it’s GPS, even when you are abroad without internet access (GPS is not attached to the internet data plan of your carrier and the iPhone still records your coordinates).
Photo App (comes with iPhone)
Edit on the go: It can edit, adjust colors and crop pictures on the go. With the iPhone you don’t need other device to edit or even share your pictures. All is done directly from the iPhone itself.
Camera+ for iPhone ($0,99)
Even videos can be edited and shared or uploaded to YouTube directly from the iPhone thanks to apps like iMovie.
(Video filmed, edited and shared to the world all directly from the iPhone)
100% Instant: The concept of instant camera has return but enhanced. Instant means now that a picture that has been just taken can be exposed to the world practically instantly. If you have a “normal” camera, you very probably have to go first to your computer, upload them to a photo editing software, etc, and is therefore, much less instant.
Instagr.am is Free!!!!
Meet instragr.am. iPhone photos can now be instantly shared with friends via email or social networks.
Photos can even be shared with the entire world. The fun is not only on the sharing part but also on discovering new and cool pictures from friends or any other stranger in the web. With this free App, I can easily add cool filters to my pictures and shared them to people that follow me.
People can then “like” or “comment” my pictures. If I get bunch of these, I can even be featured in the “popular” section and be discovered by more persons in the web.
I can #hashtags my pictures to be discovered more easily. From instragr.am my pictures can be “autoposted” to the other social networks of my choice like facebook, twitter, posterous (micro-blogging site), flickr, and even to foursquare if you want to share the location of the picture taken…and hence, receive more “likes” and “comments”.
I have been testing this App for about a month and is amazing and fun! I have discovered great pictures as well and because it is connected to my other networks, it is enough to post my picture online once! More social photography apps can be found here.
I also just discovered instagramers.com a blog “for addicted to Instagram App and other Mobile Photo Apps” created by Philippe Gonzalez. There is now instagramers facebook fan pages for Barcelona and Madrid! Amazing!
Panoramas & 360º. Your SRL Camera can take great pictures, but if you want to take a real panoramic or 360º picture you need another expensive cameras to do the trick. This is why these pictures are only taken by profesional photographers. But I want to make these pictures as well god dammit! and I dont want to spend more than 2€ for doing them! Well, now I can!
I most confessed I was very exceptical and concern not only about the quality but of the possibility to take these kind of pictures from a smartphone in the first place! Well, I took the 2€ risk and tested them! I was overwhelm by the quality and functionally of these apps. I can only strongly suggest to iPhone 4 users to try these out! They work! and they work amazing! (again, not professional quality, but for a hobby social photographer, they are more than enough!
Actually “normal” people will think you are a professional photographer!)
The last month I have been curious in testing out the most famous camera and video apps for iPhone 4.
The most expensive one was about 2€, which makes all these testing less costly =). A very good summary about camera apps can be found here.
If you consider the features mentioned above and add the very few € risk involved, you will start noticing how much you enjoy to take pictures from your iPhone 4 camera. You will also soon discover that you are becoming a social photographer and finally, you will realize that you will never need to buy a compact, SLR camera or digital video camera again! At least not rushing to buy one…
In my case, my old Sony DSC 828 does the job for those special occasions. For everything else, there is the iPhone 4 camera, which will be replaced every 1-2 years when I update my iPhone contract and phone…
Take a look to my public photo galleries!!!
Hope it helps!
Guerson Meyer joins Instagramers.com Team and will occasionally give his “Instagramer Life” point of view!
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