Key Differences Between iPhoneography and Photography

October 29, 2018 | Author: | Posted in Business

It’s hard to overstate how profoundly the iPhone has changed the way we communicate and interact as a society. From the prevalence of social media to global commerce to wearables, the iPhone plays an almost omnipresent role in our lives these days.

One of the biggest trends to materialize from this ubiquity is the growth of the iPhoneographer, or someone who captures and shares photos with an iPhone. Unlike a traditional camera that can be somewhat bulky and, oftentimes expensive, iPhones can travel almost anywhere, from the peak of a remote mountaintop to a crowded festival to the crevasse of a coral reef, and capture beautiful photos along the way.

Both traditional photography and iPhoneography can create awe-inspiring photos, but there are a few key differences worth noting.


Traditional photography typically uses a digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera that can range from a hundred to several thousand dollars. iPhoneography, on the other hand, captures images with an iPhone, often aided with accessories such as an iPhone camera lens.


Traditional photography requires a great deal of equipment beyond the actual camera. High definition lenses, cases, and features to control the light are all a part of a photographer’s set-up. Photographers also use techniques called High Dynamic Range (HDR) to control lighting issues such as bright spots and shadows that appear in the frame.

iPhoneography not only eliminates the need for much of that equipment, many settings in the iPhone camera can replicate their effects, including the HDR function. The iPhone’s HDR setting takes several photos in rapid succession and merges them to create a single photo that is even and vivid throughout the entire shot. This function, in combination with a phone camera lens, makes capturing outdoor scenes, long-distance shots, moving objects, and areas with dim lighting much easier.


Back in the day, photography edits had to be completed in a dark-room and were the purview of specially trained photographers. With the advent of digital cameras, most editing is now done with programs such asAdobe Photoshop, usually on a desktop or laptop computer.

With iPhoneography, anyone with an iPhone can create beautifully edited photos. Most editing is done with the help of photo-enhancing apps and filters such as Instagram or edited directly using the iPhone’s photo editing options, though there are hundreds of ways to edit and enhance an iPhone photo.


The real hallmark of iPhoneography is that our phones are almost always with us, creating nearly endless opportunities to capture life’s “I wish I had my camera” moments. Amateur photographers can capture, edit, and share beautiful events with friends and family without necessarily investing the time and money associated with traditional photography.

Even professional photographers use their phones to capture and create beautiful artistic moments in everyday life. Everything from a fleeting ray of light to a sweet moment between a parent and child to a curious dog on the street can be quickly captured with the personal device that’s seldom out of reach.

The beauty of art is that it’s, of course, in the eye of the beholder. One person’s photo on Instagram may be another person’s special moment with a loved one. Whatever the artistic medium and purpose, it’s worth outfitting your phone that’s always by your side to help you capture, create, and share life’s special moments.

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