Category Archives: iPhoneography

Just a cat and its postures

The iPhone camera is really one of the best inventions in this century. Frankly, it had changed the way we go about our lives e.g. snapping away before we eat our food, and the way that photographers capture the stories around them.

I was glad that I have my iPhone with me wherever I go since I can’t possibly lug around a DSLR, or even my portable X-Pro1 in and out.  Just like earlier this afternoon, I spotted a cat lazing in the corner of my flat’s void deck. It was just sitting there ignoring me as I approach it to take a few shots. As if accommodating to my “request”, it shifted into a few poses, and when I stopped, it just stood up and walk away…what a cat!

Just found really great stuffs for iPhoneography!

Despite being tech-neutral – a must for any techie, I unabashedly profess my luv for iPhone. The camera for the 4s is just so handy! Saw a couple of great innovative products birthing from Kickstarter recently. 2 of these products stood out as “essentials” for us hobbyists – the Kick which is a pocket-sized lighting equipment & the Trygger Camera Case which is a Polarizing Filter Case for the 4s.

The Kick is a handheld device that can wirelessly link up with the iPhone and emits led light depending on your preferences.  The colors are not restricted to white light but a variety of lights & even special effects. You have to see the video to understand why I so desire it.

Image copyright of  Rift Inc
The Trygger Camera Case is another gem. we all luv our polarizers & ND filters. And this thing comes as a case with varying density.
Image copyright of Trygger LLC
Think I have to get both of these! Otherwise, I will not be able to get to sleep!

Just a hot hot morning at the Army Open House

It’s the annual Army Open House in Singapore today.  Here, we have these types of Open Houses (including Navy & Airforce) to showcase our armed forces & raise the public awareness on defence.  Since it’s showcasing our might, there would surely be lots of equipments on display = great photography opportunity.  & since it was a bloody hot day & I have decided back then to stop using my heavy lenses, I decided to do it the iPhone way again 🙂 Being scorchingly sunny is great for using the iPhone as a street cam.

While the 4s is unable to capture the full spectrum of details like a DSLR, it is capable of producing very crisp & clear images like the one above, as long as you give it sufficient light.

The next 4 frames are my fav of the series & I think only the 4s can capture such photos – a bit grainy, shows full details of the cloud structure & a beautiful silhouette.  It could be because the 4s cam hardware operates on a fixed Aperture Priority mode.

This was again taken with a large amount of light. While the portraits were clear, the sky is blown out…not that I care about that.  With the 4s, you have to be selective about your focal subject as it is a give & take given the limitations of the cam. **Btw, these 4 man are known as the famous Red Lions – & they are the parachuters in the photos.

Another very clear & crisp shot of a soldier fully equipped with the modern combat system.  Bokeh doesn’t really work here though & is really limited.

This ‘swamp thing”/”yeti” lookalike thig is actually a very well-camouflaged sniper. With the correct amount of light, you can get full details out of your focal subject.  Same goes for the photo below.

The 4s is actually very good for still subjects, in this case all these heavy machineries on display.  It has very rich reproduction of colors & tone.  In fact, I think it beats the mid-range PnS anytime.

Since this year’s Army Open House is held at thee Singapore Flyer, it would be a waste if there’s no photos on it.  Hence decided to take some which is shown in the collage above.

Just walking around with my iPhone 4s

Back to my lazy self again recently & NO heavy Zeiss 35mm for at least the next 3 days.  Saw an article on DPS recently titled “iPhone 4s Cameras Are Good For Some Subjects“.  It’s a nice article that doesn’t tell you any “how-to”, but it frames your mind as to what the iPhone limitations & capabilities are, so that you can optimise the use of your mobile camera.

Anyway, I decided to take some of these images while in a cafe & driving…yes, driving, & when I was waiting for my kids under the blocks.  Again, I used the artificial light & ambient light to my advantage so as to ensure that the iPhone can churn out quality images on par with the PnS family. 

This fame was taken with direct at the sunlight. However, I manually shift the focus point to the house to get a clearer image of the house.

This is just a shot to see how well the iPhone does macros. It just delivers.

Just an uncoloured view of my town

Had an early release today from work & decided to pop by some uncharted areas within my town side to take some pictures before I pick up my kid.  Again as we all know, I am a lazy photographer, & a lazy photographer thinks of creative ways to fulfil their targets without stressing themselves.  Hence I decided to chunk aside my X-Pro1 & just bring along my iPhone 4s since the natural light is at its peak.

I took quite a number of shots, around 50 or so.  The lighting outside was not as good as I thought.  The sun was not as strong & there were some dark clouds floating around, not many but some.  Since the lighting is as such, it gave quite good setting for some black & white photos given the light vs darkness contrast.  Hence, I decided to do an entire B&W series for this session.

The 4s is actually very good in its autofocus & dynamic range.  The framing I had in mind were all catered to how the photos will look like when directly processed into B&W.   I always mentioned to my fellow hobbyist photographers that concept will guide your actions, & give context to your output (photos).

I love the reflection of the building (Khoo Teck Phuat Hospital) in the drenched railing.  The 4s amazingly managed to capture a sharp shot of the reflection!

This is another set that I like as there’s a stark light vs darkness in the photos.  That’s what makes B&W photos so rich in emotions.

The details captured by the 4s in this set is just amazing.

Just taking airshow photos with my iPhone

Yes, I am a lazy person especially when it comes to photography. That’s why I refrain from buying heavy stuffs e.g. mega zoom lenses, flashes, heavy bodies etc. Whenever I buy cameras, the first thing I note will be the weight…Likewise, when traveling, I will only bring the bare minimum – a small bag with at most two small lenses. When the iPhone 4s hit town, it caused a rave among fanboy & aunties alike. I got one & tried it. Man! It was indeed good. Hence ever since, the 4s has became my backup camera & even the main camera when I am especially lazy. At the recent Singapore Airshow 2012, I decided to forgo bringing a DSLR (because if I bring, I will have to bring a 70-200mm with tele-converter), & convince myself that the 4s is good enough. So what if I cannot get a close shot of the flying acrobatic show! End of the day, I got to say that the 4s did really well! Will be doing more of iPhoneography moving on!

Took this standing a loooo-oong way from the show. But loved it anyway. By being far, I actually got a nice shot of the entire flight path. Who says airshow needs closeups!

This is my fav photo from the set. The original colors rendered was terrific, but I decided that the heli deserved a “cooler” look to it

One of the things that I learnt about using the 4s as a cam was that it still requires good lighting conditions to perform well, unless you decides to do B&W or other “creative” forms. If not, & you are doing normal shots where you need the best sharpness in your images, then you have to think twice about using the 4s.

The other thing I learnt was not so much about the 4s but Facebook. If you want to showcase your iPhone photos on FB, try not to upload direct from the phone because the process will automatically involve some downsampling. That’s why the photos uploaded are often grainy or less sharp. I cannot find any methods to turn this off. So instead for photos that I wantto showcase, I will email to myself (in actual size) or download it to my desktop. I will get to preserve it in its original glory then 🙂

Just the best iPhone case..ever

Saw on a Japanese blog the other day on this Gizmon iCA case for iPhone 4s.  It’s  a Leica look-alike case that comprises 32 separate parts to “transform” your 4s into a deceptive camera.  The moment I set my eyes on it, the opened up my fav Japanese courier service & ordered  pair (different colors).  Within a week, the cases arrived & few mins later, my 4s was no longer a phone 🙂 Yes, installation was easy & straight forward.

I had many people fooled & the attention garnered by this little case was fabulous.  Everyone thought I went out & bought a new camera.  even had some congratulating me on my new “Leica” purchase…

Update:  After using it for a few weeks & enjoying the experience & attention, I grew tired of it as the case added much bulk to my 4s.  You can’t really put this in your pocket and has to hold it in your hands.  This is a problem for us guys.  Gals should enjoy a better experience given your phones are pretty much in your handbags.  I would say this is a novelty item.  Now I am better to basics & given my 4s a leather backcase instead of a protective casing.  It’s lighter, less bulky & more convenient – great for slipping in & out of my pocket for shooting 🙂