Inspiration and the “Best Camera”

May 26, 2010 § 2 Comments

I recently posted about how I received Chase Jarvis’ book “The Best Camera (is the one that’s with you)“. Well I have actually been able to take a look through it, and you know what? I got inspired!

Now of course, Chase Jarvis is a great photographer, and I’m not trying to mimic or copy him, but it got me thinking about using my iPhone camera. I have been known to use the camera in my phone, but lean toward using my trusty point and shoot (with more megapixles, a zoom feature–why would the iPhone camera do that?–and a FLASH).

Anyhow, I have been giving my iPhone a whirl more than I usually do, and am sort of looking for simplicity. I also purchased the application (“app” for short) that Chase Jarvis developed, Best Camera. I have created a nifty little Flickr set for those photos that I edit with that app.

I am not an iPhone app reviewer by any means, except when an addictive game asks me to rate it repeatedly. However, the Best Camera app is very limited to just a few filters, one border option, and the only option to crop as a square. One can stack these filters, mix them up, etc to create a cool photo. However, it leaves something to be desired as far as color correction and exposure (As much as can be done with a 3 megapixel camera).  I understand Jarvis’ idea to work with simplicity to bring out creativity. All I’m saying is when you cannot adjust the exposure in an expensive little POS that camera, it helps to have some control in post-processing.  My workaround is to adjust the exposure, cropping, etc. in another editing application on the phone and then add the creative filters in Best Camera. Or I’ll just work directly in Best Camera and have some fun, which is Jarvis’ point.

Clouds detail

Cloud fun taken with iPhone and edited in Best Camera.

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