Shoot Dramatic Sunsets and Silhouettes with your iPhone 5

Weekly iNspiration

Each day, I head out to shoot with my iPhone 5 and post the pictures on the Adorama Instagram channel. Last week, I did my best to capture some sunsets and silhouettes as part of the "Getting Down Low" series.

Sometimes, having my iPhone 5 with me all the time is all I need to get inspired to take great photographs, and so is giving myself little picture taking assignments. You, too, can do this! In this exclusive article for the Adorama Learning Center, you can start your journey of iPhone iNspiration.

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Weekly Inspiration.

I hope that what I capture with the iPhone can inspire you to go out and and shoot with whatever mobile phone you may have. The possibiities, limitations ad creative opportunities are what keeps me shooting every day. I'm inspired by many of the talented artists, photographers, and videopgraphers that I get to interact with. Here are four "Down-Low" sunset themed photos that I shot, and the story behind each.


Camera App: Camera+
Post Processing: Cropped and rotated using Snapseed.

This photo is part of  the “Getting down Low” series. The self-assignment should be failry self-explanatory. The series is about shooting from a low kneeling positon. I wanted to show the scale of the city but also capture people in their daily routine. I waited a few minutes until the evening crowd started to line up at the ferry and grabbed the shot when the lady opened her bag. I will say that I had to pivot a few times to eliminate the lens flare. I recommend wearing a good cap to keep the sun out of your eyes.

Getting Down with the Sunset

Camera App: Camera+
Post Processing: Snapseed.

This shot was taken in New York's Finanical District. There wasn't much foot traffic, so I had to wait about five minutes for someone to cross the street. This was my second attempt, and I was hoping to capture a long shadow and also frame the person in the white space below the sun. The light was pretty intense and I didn't get low enough to frame it the way I have hoped. What do you think? This photo is part of  the “Getting down Low” series. 


CIty LIghts
Camera App: Slowshutter app
Post Processing: Cropped in Instagram.

This shot was taken at 4:15pm on 42nd Street—around sunset— as I stood on the Tudor City overpass. I used a tripod and iPhone mount to stabilize the shot before shooting with slowshutter app for about 60 seconds in bulb mode. The photo is part of another series  called "City Lights." I wasn't particularly happy with the results and I do think I need a bit more practice. I'm definitly looking forward  to trying out the various slow shutter speed apps available for iOS and adding more images to this series. 


Camera App: Camera Pro
Post Processing: Camera Pro plus Instagram Filter.

I like when I get the opportunity to capture silhouettes. I stopped (and stooped) to take this photo as a few skaters were hanging out on Pier 11. I crouched down, waited for the guys to pass, and panned the iPhone as this skateboarder executed his trick. I also waited around for another 15 minutes to see if i could get a better shot but I was unsuccessful. I set and locked exposure in camera Pro. This photo is part of  the “Getting down Low” series.

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