The Best Camera Is The One You Have With You: The Art of iPhoneography

The Best Camera Is The One You Have With You

I heard someone say this recently and the voice inside my head yelled, AMEN! Most professional photographers, despite the $5,000 camera hang’n around their neck knows this to be true: Photography is not about the tool, it’s about the photographer. More often than not the camera I have is not actually a camera, but a phone. But I’ll admit using my iPhone more as a camera than a phone. that said, here are a few images I’ve created recently with the iPhone, followed by a list of my favorite apps.

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The above images were taken last week during a quick trip to NYC. The video below, I gave myself 54 Days to shot 54 images on my daily ride on the 54 bus in Oakland. Everything was produced using my iPhone, images, music and titles. I used these iPhone apps: CameraBag, Melodica, Brushes and Banner.

1. TiltshiftGen

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This is the 5th release from the ToyCamera series and this software will allow you to create retro miniature pictures.

Originally, it’s published as a free web service and AIR app. Now the awaited iPhone version has finally been released.

By adjusting various parameters, it allows you to apply many ToyCamera effects on your pictures: from miniature pictures to vintage styles images.

It is an indispensable app for all the ones who like fashionable ToyCamera style pictures.

With TiltShiftGenerator you’ll also be able to take a simple photo and adjust the details of each picture taken with camera apps such as my ToyCamera.


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28 effects and variants available : Instant, Instant emulsions, Through the Viewfinder (TTF) experimentation, Medium Format simulation, retro prints, 35mm, Slide… and many more to come!


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Recreate the Magic of Film

CameraBag recreates the magic of film in a fast, intuitive, minimal interface: choose a photo, choose a filter, and you’re done.

Digital cameras have replaced film for all but the most die-hard photographers, but something was lost in that transition. Before the digital era, a photographer’s choice of camera and film had nearly as much artistic impact as the subject matter. Rediscover the fading, tinting, blurring, chemical processing techniques, and “happy accidents” which gave film photos life.


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The newest application out of the studios here is a collaboration between seasoned photographer Kris Gebhardt and the Web Urban team. The result is an application that takes any picture on an iPhone and apply’s Kris’ signature style to it in just a few easy customizable steps. FotoMuse takes its name from Muses in Greek Mythology, defined as the goddesses or spirits who inspire the creation art. We hope that FotoMuse inspires you to make great pictures easily using the iPhone.

5.Vintage Video Maker

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Vintage Video Maker will make any of your iPhone videos look like authentic old school movie from the 20’s, or like a groovy home video from the 60’s.

Just take a video from our app (if you own iPhone 3GS) or load one of your videos, and than choose one of three effects:

– 20’s Movie

– Black & White Video

– 60’s Home Video

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Not an app of course but a great site for info and reviews on apps.


QuadCam: The 4th release in the series of our ToyCamera, which you can take continuous shooting.

Just pressing a button, it proceeds to take 4-8 serial shoots and create one image. If you like some kind of multi-shoot ToyCamera, this is the one you should buy.


  1. hi richard! love the nyc photos! while i do have 3 of the apps you mention and love my iphone, i still kick myself for not using my “real” camera (canon rebel/t1i and not $5000!). i’ve been using my iphone more simply for it’s size and it’s always with me.

    my main concern is the resolution. i can’t run any iphone photos in my magazine nor would i want to. 3 megapixels is fine for some 4×6 prints tho.

    i love the lo-mob app (thanks for tweeting about it) and tilt-shift, but i’d rather make these effects in photoshop, get more variety with the emulsion edges and maybe rent a tilt-shift lens someday. =)

  2. Hi Richard!
    There are then many apps to keep syncronized the photos on Flickr or Picasa or other similar web-containers, but the app “PhotoGallery” it’s the unique that is VERY simple, high cache system to be quick and not use too much bandwidth, and more than this, it’s a good example of the Micro-Donation system.

    In fact Zirak published several apps (EasyTrails GPS, DocumentScanner for example), and from all apps, 10% of the revenues are donated to projects of small environmental non-profit associations; for the 2009 the donations will go to Amurt Haiti Environmental Program.