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Thursday, April 9, 2015

iPhone Photography

Every year starting from 2007, the IPPA (iPhone Photography Awards) has hosted an international photography competition consisting solely of photos taken on iPods, iPhones, or iPads. The results are simply stunning.

Physical attachments to the device are allowed, but Photoshop or any other digital manipulation of the photograph is prohibited. Despite this, the photographs have a professional quality I never thought was possible from a handheld device.

Professional photographers have long been saying how iPhones are killing the creativity of photography. It is easy to see why. A quick browse through Instagram reveals more selfies and hasty shots of food, all using the same filters, rather than the well-planned and thought provoking shots of professional photography.

However, this competition proves that a photo's quality has nothing to do with the device it was taken with. In fact, many argue that photography's new accessibility has greatly benefited the field. Rather than needing to spend thousands of dollars on professional equipment or hours developing photographs in darkroom, one only needs to spend a couple of hundred of dollars on a device and snap a picture. This means a lot more people can get into photography, bringing in new creative minds in volumes before unheard of.

However, this doesn't mean that iPhone photography requires no effort. A lot of time must still go into adjusting the settings and        
getting the perfect lighting and framing for the shot. That being said, if you are inspired by these photographs, check out these tips for taking high quality iPhone photos.

Written by Jenna M., Homework Assistant

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