Shooting Challenge: Cellphone Photography

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The iPhone 4 comes out this week—it's got a 5MP backlit sensor. But it's only one of many new, usable, higher megapixel cameras making their way into cellphones. For this week's Shooting Challenge, we celebrate the new era.

The Challenge

Capture a photo with a cameraphone that you don't edit on a computer. (In-cellphone manipulation is totally fine.) Many of you send in these cameraphone shots week to week anyway, but let's make it official for this week. Oh, and shoot whatever you'd like. But anyone who exploits the medium in a particularly clever fashion may get bonus points.


The Method

I'm going to approve something that may be seen as controversial, but whatever. I say, use any camera apps as you see fit. (Or don't—that prospect is just as exciting.) But from cameraphone submissions I've seen week to week, what you'd think would be hokey filters can do a lot to stretch the otherwise sad resolutions, color and dynamic ranges of cellphone-based photography. Techland's rundown of iPhone apps is pretty decent. But I'm betting that our commenters can get further by sharing their experiences than by reading any top 10. So post your favorite iPhone/Android camera apps in the comments.

The Rules - READ THESE

1. Submissions need to be your own.
2. Photos need to be taken the week of the contest. (No portfolio linking or it spoils the "challenge" part.)
3. Explain, briefly, the equipment, settings, technique and story behind shot.
4. Email submissions to, not me.
5. Include 800px wide image (200KB or less)
6. One submission per person.


Send your best entries by Sunday, June 27th at 11PM Eastern to with "Cellphone" in the subject line. Save your files as JPGs, and use a FirstnameLastnameCellphone.jpg (800px) naming convention. Include your shooting summary (cellphone, any apps used, technique, etc) in the body of the email along with a story of the shot in a few sentences. And don't skip this story part because it's often the most enjoyable part for us all beyond the shot itself!

[Lead shot by Benjamin Bunch, captured with iPhone 3G]


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YAAAY! I finally have equipment I can use to take photos for these shooting challenges!!! :)