Friday, February 17, 2012

Black and white photography with the iPhone

Snow Shadow
Light, very fluffy springlike snow this noon. Very directional wind, leaving very visible snow shadows by all the trees in the park marking the direction of the wind.

I've often used the Hipstamatic app to shoot square, black and white iPhone images. The square format is often a better frame than the normal rectangular one. Plus, it's like having a Polaroid in your pocket. It's quick and easy -- see it, shoot it. But I'm not always fond of the Hipstamatic's filters (or "films" and "lenses," as they call them).

Using the Monochromia app gives a lot more control -- cropping, brightness, contrast, bw conversion filters. Can either shoot in Monochromia or use pictures from the Camera Roll. If you start with the iPhone's HDR mode, you can get some really lovely tonal gradations.

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