Photographer Clay Enos rides an Aprilia Mana 850 GT between movie sets, crossing the country in the process. As he does, he snaps away on his iPhone4 while his DSLR stays in the bags. Look at this gallery of bike porn and epic landscape photos and you’ll understand why there’s no need for the bulky Nikon. Want to shoot this well yourself? Here’s how.
Clay’s quick tips for pro iPhone photos are:
- Composition is key. Remember to use the whole frame, not just the middle
- Explore the scene (take lots of photos then choose the best later)
- Have a vision of the final image but allow for spontaneity
- Keep your apps simple and try not to do what everyone else is doing
- Share them with the world and print some. Photos make great gifts.
- On the road, do your best to get off the interstates, slow down, and listen to your gut and embrace the u-turn.
To which, we’d add, apps are key. The stock camera app is pretty basic and some of the more expensive aftermarket photo editing apps are just too complicated and too time consuming to pinch and swipe your way through.
Clay is using Camera+ for a lot of these photos and couple of these photos are also taken with TiltShift Gen, which I hadn’t discovered yet, but am going to go download now. He also likes Pano for the obvious reasons.
We use Camera+ too, which brings easy editing and photo developing after you take the photo and composition tools to help even amateurs like me put together a decent photo.
I’m nowhere near as talented as Clay or Grant, but here’s two photos I took of recent toys using my iPhone and Camera+:
Both these were developed using the app’s Clarity effect, delivering a quasi-HDR look. It’s a little cheesy, but it helps turn my fairly lame shots into something much more dramatic. The general rule here seems to be that experimentation leads to good results.