Take Dramatic Photos of Buildings using the Apple iPhone 5

Weekly Inspirations Using The Apple iPhone 5

Here's our second weekly dose of inspiration for anyone who uses an iPhone (or any smart phone camera, really) for fantastic photography.

Sometimes, having my Apple iPhone 5 with me all the time is all I need to get inspired to take great photos, 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.

Learn more about mobile phone photography at the Adorama Learning Center's new iPhoneography department.

Want to get involved and share your photos? Then follow along on Instagram and tag your images #adorama.  We would love to showcase some of your best mobile creative work each week. We will also be running a number of #hashtag competitions, so be on the lookout for those and join in when you can.



Weekly Inspiration: Buildings

I hope that what I capture each week with the iPhone 5 can inspire you to go out and and shoot with whatever mobile phone you may have. The possibiities, limitations, and creative opportunities are what keeps me shooting every day. I'm inspired by many of the talented artists, photographers, and videographers that I get to interact with. Here are three building-themed photos and a puddlegram that I shot, and the brief story behind each.



Camera App: Camera+
Post Processing: IG filter.

I have a much deeper appreciation for New York City since I started to take pictures of its buildings, streets, and people. The cityscape can really inspire, and it is filled with a great subjects to shoot. From hanging out on street corners, I've learned  the nuances of natural light, its diffusion, intensity, and color but most of all just how quickly it can change. These building are very close together in the Financial district and its a lovely place to shoot. On any given day these buildings can look majestic, but I think in this photo they looked amazing with the cloud coverage.

Looking Up

Camera App: Native Camera
Post Processing: Snapseed.

The world trade center will always be a special place for me. I lived downtown beside the twin towers for many year in the late 90's. It was a really busy commercial district during the week, and very quiet during the weekend. I suppose the fog is a visual metaphor for the memories that I have as the old becomes new. The city can look very romantic and beautiful at night so its good to be able to capture the fog coverage now and again.


Night Shot Series
Camera App: Camera+ (locked exposure)
Post Processing: Cropped in Instagram.

When it rains in NYC, you will see me out on the streets with my iPhone. I am a sucker for the rain and I love  light reflections on a rain soaked street. This was shot on the East side of City Hall as I was trying out a few ways to capture low light night shots with the iPhone. I did use a tripod and iPhone mount to stabilize the shot and made sure to lock the exposure. To set and lock the expose I used the lamp at the subway station as reference.


New York Yellow
Camera App: Camera Pro
Post Processing: Snapseed & IG Filter.

What can I say? I just love taking puddle shots. If you are on Instagram, the #puddlegram tag is well worth a look. My technique is to turn my phone upside down to get closer to the water. Depending on the time of day the refections can be truly spectacular. This was shot on an overcast day in the afternoon.

Need help or just a creative nudge? Check out the Adorama Learning Center for more articles on iPhone Photography & check out the lastest iPhoneography gear on the iPhone Toolshed.


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