The good thing about iPhoneography
The good thing about iPhoneography and at the same time the unique feature – is the possibility to photograph and post process the taken pictures with just one work unit. Today’s iPhones, for example the iPhone 6s, already have included a high-quality camera with a resolution of 12 mega pixels. That’s why these mobile all-in-one devices in no way inferior to a normal photo camera, at least cameras of the middle price range.
For street photography, there is currently probably no better device than the iPhone. Once the shots are done, you sit comfortably in a cafe or in a shaded area in a park, edit the recently photographed images immediately with the apps of your choice and represent the end result instantly at the internet on the various social media platforms, like Instagram, Flickr, Facebook, etc.
There is probably nothing worse than if the battery is empty during a street photography tour, the editing process, the uploading of the images to the internet or if there is not enough memory space. Both should and must not happen, so here are some tips, to avoid these situations.
iPhoneography tips about the battery
Actually it should be obvious but I mention it nevertheless explicitly. Never, I repeat, NEVER go away from home without a fully charged battery. No matter if you intend to photograph or not. IPhoneography and street photography occurs always and everywhere, often unexpectedly. Imagine you’re on the way to work or for shopping and suddenly there’s a unique photographic motif. You get your iPhone out of your pocket, activate the camera, point it at the subject and all of a sudden, your battery is empty. Cannot happen? Oh yes! That is exactly what happened to me. Apart from the fact that I have missed a super shot I also could not call or receive a call for a while. Very annoying. Since this incident, I always make scrupulously sure that my battery is full to the brim when I leave the house.
The iPhoneographer’s good friend – the Power Bank
When I photograph on the street, it can certainly happen that I lose track of time and am on the way for hours. On these occasions, I often shoot hundreds of photos, which tasked the capacity of the iPhone battery and frequently exploited to the limits. If the battery once is empty, the so-called Power Bank helps.
What is a Power Bank?
A Power Bank is nothing more than a big battery to charge into the outlet and which can be used to load other devices such as the iPhone, Tablet, etc. if necessary. Because you never know when and where you can recharge them, if you are for example on travel, I recommend a high-capacity Power Bank. Here’s my recommendation:
On your way, take the charging cable with you; otherwise the Power Bank is useless. The best thing is you get a second charging cable which you always have together with the Power Bank.
IPhoneography needs a lot of memory space
Because iPhoneography not only means taking pictures with the iPhone, but also to post-process the photos on the same device, therefore you need a lot of memory. Because not everyone can or want to afford an expensive 124GB iPhone, he has to take one with just 16GB storage. Let me tell you now, what you need to do to have sufficient memory space available.
You can free up memory space at the iPhone, by securing the photos in iCloud, Google Photos, your Pc or Mac or on an external hard drive. If you want to go completely on the safe side, you can repeatedly save your photos which is what I strongly advise. But that is only a side note.
The iPhone, the memory thief
Over time, the iPhone just as on all other devices accumulates a lot of junk data.
Here you can see that only 1.4GB of memory are left. That’s not much for a shooting.
You can delete these junk data time-consuming manually with the most memory-intensive apps, those which you often use for image editing. Remove them and then install again from the app store.
I’ll show you a trick that saves you a lot of time and in addition it empties the junk and other apps unneeded space. I have once gained with this trick 3.5GB of memory.
The iPhoneographer’s memory trick
I want to mention immediately that this trick is not of me. I found it sometime ago on the internet. Perhaps you already know about it. For those who do not know it, I will describe it here. It is really indescribably simple so that each iPhone owner can apply immediately.
iPhoneography tip – In this way you free a lot of space on your iPhone
Go to iTunes (I mean the app on your iDevice) and find yourself a memory-intensive movie (I recommend „Gone with the wind“ with a file size from about 10 GB). You have to rent this movie now (not buy). If you are now pressing the borrow (or rent) button, your iPhone (or iPad) report that there is insufficient space available, and you can change this in the settings. Click on Settings and then on the corresponding menu entry to get into the memory settings. Any more you must not do. Your iDevice does everything by itself. Repeat this process, from film rent up to the memory settings, until nothing changes in the displayed value of the memory. That’s all you have to do. The rest is handled by the iPhone itself. Cool trick, isn’t it?
Now you can see 3.4GB available memory. I won 2GB with this nice little trick. That’s great!
Caution! This trick only works when your free disk space is less than the file size of the movie.
Equipped with these iPhoneography tips and tricks, nothing should stand in your way on your next street photography shooting. The battery is full and the memory is empty, so the iPhoneographers iPhone should be prepared to miss no snapshot.
Do you like these tips and tricks? Did you know it already or was it new to you? How are your experiences with iPhoneography or street photography? Leave your opinion on this in the comments. I would be very happy about it.