|Kendrick Lake, CO. Taken with the One Plus 3 Phone Standard Lens|
Phone photography, iphoneography, phoneography, mobile photography whatever you want to call it has been a huge movement since phones where able to take photographs. They are becoming more advanced every year allowing amateur photographers to easily take creative control of their photographs and enter the world of photography as professional phoneographers. These photographers are entering art shows, showing their work with the online community and even photographing wedding and events that were originally left for the DSLR photographers. As someone trained in event and traditional photography, I feel that I should be turning my head and laughing at these photographers. However, being an artist first, I am the opposite and I am fascinated with this movement and I want to be part of it. I want to know everything about phoneography and how I can connect it to my DSLR world.
I have been taking photographs with my phone since my phone was able to take a decent photograph. However, I always gravitated back to my DSLR if I actually wanted the photograph to be presentable or to keep for the long term. The photographs that I took at that time, I usually took no consideration into how they looked or if they ever survived. I posted them to Myspace and Facebook to be viewed by the world. These photographs were often blurry, had terrible composition, and at times embarrassing. I like to think of them as being a foggy drunk memory of what was. I do not have a MySpace anymore, and fortunately I cannot peek at those photographs, however, I do still have a Facebook and can glace back to at least 2008 and see the awful photographs I thought I should post on social media .
|Hiking Green Mountain with Franky, May 2008.|
I played with the lenses for a while but continued with mostly using my DLSR for my professional side and only using the lenses in class for the students to play with. Eventually, as time went by I began to forget about the lenses until this year. After upgrading my phone to a One Plus 3, which has an amazing camera. I decided to get back into the phoneography world and really embrace it this time around. After upgrading with some new phone lenses (Super Fisheye, Fisheye, Telephoto, Macro, Super Macro and an adorable tripod), I began to experiment. Here are some photos, and there will be more to come. I will have more fun phoneography facts and images in the future as I experiment and get to know this new movement!
|This was taken in Windsor, CO during a wedding. I still cannot get over how perfect the sunset was. This photograph was taken with the standard camera phone lens. This photograph is a reference for what my phone can do without lenses.|
|This photograph of my dog Mr. Wiggles was taken with the Super Fisheye phone lens. I think that it did a good job, however, with this lens this was the best photograph I was able to get. The reduction of quality goes down once the lens is added, which was to be expected. The lens was heavy and sometimes fell off my phone! I lost detail around the outer part of the images and the colors seemed a little dull, that is why I changed it to black and white. I think with some experimentation, this lens could be fun to play with.|
|The regular Fisheye lens is much lighter than the Super Fisheye. I can see using this one more just because it is not as heavy on my phone making it a little easier to use. It does not get as wide around, but really who is going to notice?|