What is Phoneography?

Phoneography is the act of creating photos that have been shot and processed by a mobile phone. Phoneography, though already a few years old, became mainstream with the advent of the iPhone and its App Store which provided better, easier, and more creative tools for people to shoot, process, and share their work. (Wikipedia)

It is estimated that 1.2 BILLION photos have been taken in 2017 and roughly 85% of those photos were taken using smartphones according to research conducted by Business Insider. (Source: Business Insider) Experts have also noted that an increase in the sale and usage of smartphones are directly related to a gradual decline in camera sales over the past decade.

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Many people use their camera phones to take pictures to share on social media simply because it is so EASY. The images on Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat are dominated by images created on smartphones.

You’ve probably seen billboards or ads with an amazing photo with the caption, “Shot on iPhone”. Here are a few shots featured on Apple’s Instagram account.

The ability to take stunning photos is right at your fingertips. For those looking to get a bit more serious about your images, keep in mind that there are a wide range of lenses and accessories you can get too!

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There are a number of mobile phone photography contests out there as well! Below are the winning photos from the 2017 iPhone Photography Awards (IPPA) to help you get inspired to open up your camera app!

The City Palace by Kuanglong Zhang
The Performer by Yeow-Kwang Yeo
Dock Worker by Brendan O Se
Children of Qayyarah

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