You may recall a few months ago I began a new feature here on the iPhoneography blog called "What's in My Camera Bag". The feature started off well enough, but due to poor responses the feature slipped to the sidelines. Well I'm in the process of reviving this interesting and informative behind the lens look at what fellow iPhoneographers are using to capture and create their images.
To help this relaunch, I thought I'd share with you the apps and accessories that form part of my very own mobile, fit in my pocket camera bag. Until recently I used the iPhone's default camera app to capture all my images, as despite the brilliance of the top all-in-one camera replacement apps, Apple's offering was all that I needed. That was until 645 PRO came along. 645 PRO, as many of you will know allows me to shoot in any one of 5 different formats (ratios), from a square 6x6 to a wide 6x17, with real film looks, and if I wish, at the same time save a full frame uncompressed TIFF, or I can shoot and save clean (no film emulation) full-framed, uncompressed JPEGS direct to the camera roll (which is now my chosen method).
When it comes to editing my photos, I have now pretty much standardised on just one app, and that is the very excellent Snapseed from Nik Software. With its professional grade effects and easy to grasp controls, I can quickly tweak and enhance my photos to achieve the look I want whilst on the go, and produce results that are similar to those that I can produce on my Mac using Nik's Aperture plugins, and photos taken my Fuji x10 or Canon 60D.
Whilst Nik's Snapseed app is excellent for enhancing photos, creating dynamic HDR like images, or creating contrasty grainy looking black and white images (to name just a few of its abilities), there are times when I just want to quickly clean up a photo, and for that I turn to award winning Athentech's Perfectly Clear.
In addition to the three core apps above (645 PRO, Snapseed and Perfectly Clear), I also use AutoStitch for creating panoramic vistas, TouchRetouch for removing unwanted elements in a photo, ColorBlast! for creating black and white photos with a splash of colour, QuickPix for those rapid fire situations, FlickStackr for uploading my photos to Flickr, and Big Lens for when I want to give an image a point of focus/shallow depth of field.
There are times, as with everyone, when I don't know what I want to do with a photo, and it is on these occasions that I turn to one of the ever popular 1-click quick fix apps. Now I've used and tried many over the years, but my current favourite and relative new comer, is Jazz, which offers up randomly generated results, but also if the mood takes me, allows me to tweak the resulting image.
In addition to the apps I use to capture and edit my photos, there is one app that I use for every planned photo shoot (whether it's with my iPhone or not), and that is LightTrac. LightTrac allows me to work out the position of the sun at any given time, and at the destination of my planned shoot, anywhere in the world, which is essential for my preferred subject - landscapes.
So, that's my arsenal of photo apps covered, but what about hardware. Well I'm still shooting with an iPhone 4 (not 4S), which is now housed in the newly released Diff Lens Mount Case, which I attach my Schneider iPro lenses to, and when I need some extra stability, I turn to my Joby Magnetic GorillaPod, which the Diff case nicely fixes to. When it comes to extra juice, I'm fortunate that my preferred subject (landscapes) allows me to charge my iPhone whilst driving from A to B, but when I'm really stuck, then I grab a set of batteries (which I usually have with me, but if not I can get a set from just about anywhere, corner shop, petrol station or any retail outlet) and my Griffin TuneJuice.
Well, that's the core apps and hardware that I use to capture my mobile photos, but one of the questions I've posed to the other iPhoneographers that have taken part in this series, is, "if there was one app or accessory that you would recommend, what would it be?" Well, I have 2 recommendations, the first is grab yourself a copy of Snapseed and spend time exploring its capabilities, and the second, if you can afford it, expand your iPhones field of view with an add-on lens system (either the Schneider iPro or Olloclip).
Well, I hope you've enjoyed what's in MY camera bag, and look out for more in the series soon.