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Shooting Neon With an iPhone

February 22nd, 2014 Permalink

Back in 2010, I posted 10 tips for shooting neon. Now more and more people are carrying around their iPhone as their primary camera. I thought it was time to post a follow up with tips for shooting neon signs with a iPhone. Many of the same tips for shooting with a DLSR apply to […]

Back in 2010, I posted 10 tips for shooting neon. Now more and more people are carrying around their iPhone as their primary camera. I thought it was time to post a follow up with tips for shooting neon signs with a iPhone. Many of the same tips for shooting with a DLSR apply to the iPhone as well!

  1. Know Your Camera
  2. Neon is bright. Especially at night, this brightness can confuse the camera app and the exposure will not be what you want. However, most apps will let you set which spot is used for exposure and focus. For example, to set exposure and focus on the Camera app that comes with the iPhone, just tap on the screen. Holding down will lock the exposure and focus so you can compose the shot. Learning how to make the camera behave the way you want will make sure you can get the shot exposed just how you want it.

  3. Know Your Apps
  4. There are hundreds and hundreds of photography apps to choose from on the App Store. Knowing what the apps you have will do for an image is key to getting the image you want. Spend some time with each photo app you download, learning what adjustments it can perform and how they affect the image. Knowing this will help you pick the right app to get the look and feel you want.

    I like the way the Hipstamatic app combination of John S Lens and Kodot XGrizzled Film work with neon signs.

  5. Shoot Day Or Night
  6. Neon looks amazing at night, but don’t ignore it during the day. Often there are details that cannot be seen at night, and some signs no longer light up. But they still look good!

  7. Shoot During The Blue Hour
  8. Shooting neon when the sun is low in the sky will allow you to capture the glowing tubes as well as the surrounding context. This is a great time to shoot signs!

  9. Experiment
  10. Get close. Shoot reflections. Get under, behind, and above signs. Use the neon as part of the image, but not the only thing in the image. Use experimental photo apps, and combine the results of different apps. There’s no harm in trying things – pixels are free!

    Here are some apps that will do interesting and unexpected things to your photos:
    Decim8
    Percolator
    Interlacer (Full Disclosure: This app was written by me)

    This image was made with Hipstamatic and Interlacer:

    Also check out Doctor Popular’s Appsperiments

  11. Look At Other Photos
  12. There are a lot of people shooting neon with their iPhones. Look at what they are doing. Get inspired! Here are a few to get you started:
    Sean Calvey (scalvey)
    Sharlynn V (sv1)
    Frank Prosnik (innerstate1)

  13. Practice
  14. The more you do practice, the better you will get. Make time to shoot. Seek out interesting and vintage neon signs. Go have fun!

You can see all of my iPhone neon photos on Flickr.

Interlacer was released about a month ago, and people are making some really cool images with it.

To inspire you to keep creating awesome images with Interlacer, I’ve decided to hold a photo contest during the month of June. All you have to do is process an image with Interlacer (and other apps, if you want), then post it on Instagram with an #interlacer hashtag. The top ten winners will each receive five Postagram cards. In addition, the most creative and the overall favorite image will win a $10 iTunes gift card. The contest will be judged by myself and the king of iPhone photo app experiments himself, Doctor Popular.

When you post your photos to Instagram, please make sure you tag them with #interlacer so we can find them! You are welcome to describe which apps you used to create your images as well.

Sponsored by Postagram. Thanks, guys!

Here’s the fine print:
RULES

  1. Photos must be yours
  2. Photos must be processed with Interlacer and posted to Instagram
  3. The photo on Instagram must contain the hashtag #interlacer
  4. Any photo posted between June 1, 2011 and June 30, 2011 is eligible
  5. Photos do not have to be taken with the iPhone
  6. Any combination of apps may be used to process the photo, as long as Interlacer is one of the apps
  7. Judges are not eligible to win prizes
  8. Enter as many times as you like
  9. One prize per photographer
  10. Winners will grant a non-exclusive, royalty-free license allowing their photo to be featured on the Interlacer web page and on the Interlacer App Store page for promotional purposes only. Your photo remains yours.

PRIZES
Ten photos from ten different photographers will be chosen as winners. Each winner will receive a promo code good for five Postagram cards. One of the photos will be chosen as the Most Creative, and one as the Overall Favorite. These winners will also receive an iTunes Gift Card in the amount of $10 USD.

Flower Delivery

Shot and processed on the iPhone.

Part of iPhone Photo April.

Comstock Negroni

Shot and processed with Hipstamatic.

Part of iPhone Photo April.

Commuter Super Powers

Shot and processed on the iPhone with Hipstamatic. John S Lens, Ina’s 1969 Film, No Flash.

Part of iPhone Photo April.

All The Things Which We Had Planned

Panorama of three separate photos. Taken with an iPhone 3GS, stitched with AutoStitch and processed with Photoshop Mobile.

Part of iPhone Photo April.

A Sort Of Fairy Tale

Shot and processed on the iPhone.

Part of iPhone Photo April.

iPhone Photo April

March 30th, 2011 Permalink

Got an iPhone? Got a blog? Combine the two and show off your best iPhone photos during the month of April!

Four Red UmbrellasHello San FranciscoA Day Called ZeroEddie
There are many great photography apps available for the iPhone. Some of my favorites are Hipstamatic, Percolator, AutoStitch, Camera+, and Instagram, and Diptic.

I’ve decided to use the month of April to showcase some of my iPhone photography. I will be posting one photo each day that was taken and processed on my iPhone. I will try to include details about the app(s) that were used to create the photo as well.

If you have a blog and an iPhone, why not do the same? Tweet a link to the post with the hashtag #iphonephotoapril so we can find all the posts. I know there are some people out there doing some amazing things with the iPhone photo apps, so lets see your best shots!

Surreal Philz

August 29th, 2010 Permalink

Created on my iPhone with PictureShow.

Surreal Philz

Created on my iPhone with PictureShow.