I haven’t been a fan of the idea of camera applications on the iPhone: the ones that take over, or replace, the regular camera. They just seemed unnecessary to me. Then there was Hipstamatic, which you know I love. Now, Lisa Bettany and Tap Tap Tap have come out with Camera+. Lisa is pretty au fait with all things photography and iPhone, and she said how much she has enjoyed testing and using the new app: that it’s helped her step back from her perfectionism and just enjoy photography again. So I figured, what the heck? And I bought it.
I used it a bit this weekend and while I was surprised that you can’t “stack” colour effects like you can with The Best Camera (not necessarily a bad thing, I don’t know if I’d really want to stack them, I was just surprised), I found it very intuitive and fun to use.
In some ways using this app is almost like seeing things as they aren’t: it’s like feeling the scene, rather than trying to capture exactly what your eyes can see. David duChemin was interviewed on This Week in Photography recently and I think he made a ripping point.
“People are always saying, ‘Did it really look like that?’ and it drives me insane, because I think, well, what does that mean? Do you say that to someone who shot with a wide-angle lens? Do you say it to someone who shot with a telephoto? Are polariser filters out? I mean, yeah, I was wearing my Serengeti sunglasses when I shot that, so yes, it looked warm and they happen to be prescription sunglasses, so it was sharp. What if I’d taken my glasses off? I don’t see quite as clearly as I’d like to; do I have to defocus everything so that it’s an accurate representation of what I saw?
“Photography: we’ve bought for so long this notion that the camera doesn’t lie, so as a result we’re chained to this really manufactured ethic. I’m not a photojournalist, so really this has nothing to do with photojournalism… I think really at the end of the day, the onus is on the story-teller to be a story-teller with integrity, and I’m not trying in my photographs to make something that really looked like that, I’m trying to make something that really felt like that.”
So, here’s some of my Camera+ shots (or edits) from the weekend.