On my recent trip to India I chose to shoot with only film cameras for the bulk of the photography that I shot but I did sneak in a Canon Rebel and my iPhone as alternate means of shooting. While the Canon lived in my pack the whole time, the iPhone became an unexpected photo and video companion during the trip and I found useful for both casual photos along the way and a few that were in positions where a tiny unassuming little device came in handy to sneak in a photo. While not every photo was anything to write home about there were a handful of images that I thought were really nice and I wanted to share them here with anyone interested. The phone is the newer version with the newer camera and while yes its quality is only roughly as good as many other phone cameras there is something really simplistic in tricking the camera to focus and expose the way you want it to simply by tapping any point on the screen.
Then there is the obvious post processing here that you see and its all coming out of one app which is the only app that I really stuck with of the ones I know of that are available because most out there for the iPhone are usually nothing much more than gimmicky photo filters (heh, not to say this isn’t just a gimmick too). The app I have been using and really enjoying is one that I continually get asked about and I am happy to share it with you here on the site so all can see. Its name is TiltShift Generator and its only a dollar so really anyone interested that has an iPhone has no reason not to give it a shot. Its a breeze to use, you simply choose the range of focus on the image using two fingers to move it or make it bigger or smaller and use a little slider to choose how drastic you would like the blur to affect the image. There are also basic controls for saturation, brightness, contrast, and vignette and while its not perfect these simple few controls give you plenty of room to play and get a nice image from just about anything. It is meant to emulate the focusing tricks that are possible with a tilt-shift lens or lens with bellows allowing you to throw the focus in creative ways but used creatively you can use it even for subtle things.
Anyways here is a link that will take you to the iTunes app store page for the app.
So with all that said, I pulled 40 or so images from the phone for those interested to look a little closer into my trip, I could tell stories about each and every image but really that would take me all day so I will simply let them be. To see all of them just click the read more link here and enjoy. Feel free to leave a comment with any questions about india or the app or anything really. I will have more images and thoughts on the trip sometime soon, I just continued to get questions about the phone photos so I thought I would take care of that with one post here so stay tuned for more. (and I will start shooting for some new desktops soon as well!)
Note: The images are in a strange order chronologically and because there are so many I am going to just leave that fact be, just letting you know. Oh, also, not every one here was run through post processing, some are just straight off the phone.