How to Create Great Travel Photographs With Your iPhone
In growing numbers, baby boomer travelers are snapping up Apple’s iPhone to not only use as a cell phone, but for its connections to Facebook, Twitter, Social Media Apps, and even some cool photography tools.
The iPhone’s on-board camera is certainly not going to replace my Nikon DSLR for capturing the beautiful scenes we witness in our travels. However, because the iPhone is likely always within my reach, I am finding that a growing percentage of my travel photographs and videos have been captured on my iPhone.
In spite of the very limited capabilities of the iPhone’s camera, a growing number of iPhone apps will allow you to create beautiful works of art from fairly mundane and typical photographs.
I shot the photograph to the left in our backyard over Memorial Day as I was experimenting with my iPhone camera. There is nothing earth shattering here, and this photograph is certainly comparable to thousands of other backyard photographs shot over the Memorial Day Weekend.
However, I took the 99¢ Camera Genius App (limited time on this price), from the folks over at CodeGoo, and was able to produce the photograph above using their “grunge” filter.
Photography is certainly a matter of taste, but I think that the addition of the grunge filter has added a significant amount of drama to the photograph and made it more interesting to look at.
Another case in point is this photograph that I took while walking the iPhone around my neighborhood.
The colors are fairly nicely balanced, and the iPhone’s internal metering system did a fairly decent job reading the strong Arizona light.
However, when I applied the Camera Genius “aged” filter, I was able to produce a completely different photograph with a completely different feel. I don’t know about you, but I simply love the ability to create a photograph that was seemingly shot decades ago.
The best part is, I created this photograph with the push of two buttons on my iPhone. It really is incredible, isn’t it?
For my last example, I present to you this photograph of golfers from our neighborhood golf club.
In a few simple steps; I zoomed in, cropped out a lot of unnecessary information, once again applied my favorite “grunge” filter, and Voilá! got a far more interesting photograph.
Please understand, I am not here as a spokesperson for the folks over at CodeGoo. In fact, they likely have never even heard of The Roaming Boomers®.
It is our desire to be a fun place on the Internet where baby boomers world-wide can find not only luxurious travel stories, but a resource to help you record those memories in photographs as well.
So, spend 99¢ and get out there and have some fun. And please, when you find yourself with a really cool travel photograph that you are proud of, come back here and share it with us!
Lastly, if you happen to own a Droid, or some other popular smartphone, please know that there are cool photography apps for you as well. Just head on over to your phone’s particular app store.