Thursday, March 01, 2012

What Camera is the best?

Oh, no! Not going there. I've been told, and whole heartedly agree, that the best camera to have is the one that you have with you when you need one.

I've also been told that many professional photographers are using the latest generations of Apple's Iphone as their always on hand point and shoot camera. With that in mind, I decided to take a short class on using one.

What I've learned is, that while it does have its drawbacks, it does do an absolutely amazing job. Couple that with the multitude of apps that are available to make shooting easier and in-camera post processing, if you are so inclined, a breeze. I will never again hesitate to use it.

I was never fond of Apple's camera app. The first thing I did was find a new one. I have been using Camera+ and have been quite happy with it. Having said that, SmugMug just released one called Camera Awesome and it is free. I think I am really going to like it as well.


This image was taken with Camera+ and some artsy fartsy filter within the app was applied.


The close up focus range on the camera is quite good. These are seeds from an orange bell pepper.
I was cooking dinner one night and they caught my attention.
Quick... grab the phone and take a picture!!



Like most point and shoot cameras, the depth of field can be a problem. Throwing the background out of focus while keeping the point of interest in focus is fairly simple with a larger format camera. Not so with a camera with a small sensor. Naturally, there is an app to fix the problem. The one I used here was iQuikDof. Simply put: You can "paint in" the areas you want to be in focus and it will blur the rest giving that larger format look...or more.


Then you can just go crazy with apps....easily. These were two separate images blended together to simulate a double exposure with an app called Double Exposure Pro. This was just a test image, but it has me intrigued.














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