Do you take photos with your phone when you’re bored?
On my last trip to California I snagged a window seat. About 3/4 of the way to my destination I was restless and ready to get off the plane…but I still had a little over an hour to go. To combat the boredom I pulled out my iPhone 7+ and took photos of the world below.
I was somewhere over the southwest (Arizona maybe?) when I started shooting, mesmerized by the patterns and details below. The telephoto lens on the iPhone 7+ performed remarkably well at 40k+ feet. While the photos weren’t anywhere near the quality I get from my DSLR the action of capturing the images filled my time with a creative outlet.
Now, a couple of months later I have quite a lot of photos from that segment of my trip and I’ve been wondering what to do with them. I chose to get creative with Topaz Simplify and create colorful abstracts. I rather like how they turned out! They are quite a bit different from my usual style of shooting, but sometimes its nice to try something different.
Thoughts on shooting with the iPhone 7+ from 40k feet
Native iPhone Camera App
- Save photos in JPG file format – not much flexibility for post processing but usually look pretty good
Lightroom Mobile Camera App
- Saves photos in JPG or RAW/DNG (my choice)
- RAW photos allow for more creative post-processing BUT look pretty bad (lacking in contrast/color, lots of noise) if you don’t process them
- Syncs photos with the desktop version Lightroom – Super convenient!
If I’m doing something creative I usually use the Lightroom Mobile camera to shoot. However, if I’m simply capturing snapshots at a family gathering I’ll often use the native iPhone camera app. The JPGs can be shared without needing a lot of work.
As for shooting at 40k+ feet – both apps worked well, especially with the type of processing I did. However, if you prefer a more realistic look you may want to shoot with the Lightroom Mobile app. The RAW/DNG file will allow for more editing flexibility.
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