Monday, January 4, 2010

Camera Pro Chase Jarvis Preaches iPhone Photography

by Thomas Houston — Dec 18th 2009 at 1:30PM

Our culture is more saturated with images than ever, but we're also more involved in creating and spreading those pictures through easily available technology and the Web. Cameraphones -- the standard phone type now, rather than the exception -- are plugged straight into the Web, enabling uploads in just a few clicks. Wi-Fi storage cards, as photographer Stephen Ferry explains, are shattering even that final gap in the "immediacy circuit." In other words, photos can be spread worldwide milliseconds after the shutter is pressed, an unbelievable process even 10 years ago.

We walked New York's High Line with pro photographer Chase Jarvis, known for his empowering affirmation that the best camera is the one that's with you. These days, it's far more likely to be your phone's camera than a traditional shooter, and Jarvis suggests not sweating the lower quality sensor and lens. Sure, having a high-end SLR would be great, but what's more important, he says, is capturing the moment, be it a home run at a little league game or the way light is reflecting on a window. To that end, he's created Best Camera, an iPhone app that lets you shoot, apply multiple filters and effects, and share via Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, and the Best Camera photography community. Check out Jarvis's discussion of mobile photography, tips for shooting, and the app in the video after the break. We've also included some of his iPhone shots in a gallery to give you some ideas to get started.

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