Hello Apple?! Can you hear me? As an exclusive user of your products since 1998 I think I need some type of endorsement or sponsorship for this shot!!! 🙂 It’s no secret to those that know me that I love my Apple products and I love my iPhone 5! As a camera it has proven to be a very useful tool, and pictures like this reinforce my belief. While no phone in my opinion can match a dedicated DSLR, the quality that our phones are capable of producing now is astounding! To think of how far camera-phone technology has come and continues to progress so rapidly is really a revelation. There will always be room for bigger more complex gear and even dedicated compact cameras, which are also on par with DSLR’s now, but for fast, free wielding ease of use the smartphone is definitely an immediate option. While it’s not always about the camera, but rather the camera operator, hopefully shots like these will prove what’s possible with our smart-phones, especially when we exercise our ability and a little patience.
I never knew how close the iPhone 5 could actually focus until recently, but upon discovering this I decided to create a series documenting my experimentation with smartphone macro photography. I’ve always used my phone as somewhat of a point and shoot like most people, and I figured this would give me a break from lugging around my usual heavy gear, freeing me up to shoot any and everything that interests me more easily. This first shot was taken right outside my front door. There’s a tree that grows these little black seeds (I have no idea what they’re called) that usually pop open during the summer so I decided to start testing there. I was trying to capture some nice details, which was very challenging because you have to try and stabilize the phone, but I think I did a decent job. When I looked at the picture I was pleasantly surprised to see that there was also some cool bokeh going on! Some people that aren’t familiar with photography terminology have asked me, “what in the world is bokeh?!” Simply put, bokeh is defined as the quality of the out-of-focus parts of a photograph. Wikipedia defines Bokeh as follows: “In photographic terms, bokeh is the blur, or aesthetic quality of the blur in out-of-focus areas of an image, or the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light” Too over simplify in regards to this particular picture, it’s the out of focus circles in the picture. Through my tests I’ve been quite impressed with bokeh that I’ve been able to achieve with the iPhone’s 2.4 aperture. The details were more than I expected as well once I loaded the pics onto the computer. The 8 mega-pixels of the phone were more than I hoped for, confirming for me that cell phones are now decent enough tools for simple photographic applications. You can expect to see much more from my experiments as I’ve been having so much fun doing this that I’ve already filled up half of my phone’s memory!!! I’m off to take more now! And remember, sometimes the best camera is the one who have with you! Get out and shoot!!!