November Challenge, 2009: Shoot With Your Phone

It’s time for another super exciting Monthly Challenge! This will be the last Monthly Challenge for 2009, and it’s going to be a lot of fun. For the month of November, your challenge is to shoot and post one photo per day, using your mobile phone!

Greeted By The Fog by Jeremy Brooks
"Greeted By The Fog" by Jeremy Brooks

Here are the guidelines:

  1. Each photo must be taken with a mobile phone.
  2. All editing (cropping, image adjustments, effects, etc.) MUST be done ON THE MOBILE DEVICE!
  3. The photo can be uploaded to Flickr using any means, but you MUST NOT change the appearance of the photo after it leaves the mobile device.
Point of entry 16/365 by jøhn ƒaher†y phø†øgraphy
"Point of entry 16/365" by jøhn ƒaher†y phø†øgraphy

Depending on the mobile device you use, you may have quite a few options open to you when it comes to editing. Even if you use a mobile phone that does not have fancy editing available, give the challenge a try! You will most likely find that you can capture interesting and unique images using whatever technology you have available.

Long boat by dave_apple
"Long boat" by dave_apple

If you use an iPhone, you might want to check out these apps:

Best Camera ($2.99) Provides effect filters and a crop tool. Filters can be combined to get different effects.

AutoStitch ($1.99) Simple to use app for stitching together multiple photos to form one large panorama photograph. Samples can be found here.

Photogene ($2.99) Provides crop, sharpen, histogram, exposure, contrast, saturation, color temperature, straighten, rotate, mirror, and effects.

Photoshop Mobile (FREE) Provides very good crop tool, rotate, flip, exposure, saturation, tint, black and white, filters, and various effects.

Flickr (FREE) You can use this app to upload and tag your photos directly from your iPhone. You can also browse Flickr.

Camera Bag ($0.99) Filters to emulate various classic camera and film looks. Normally $1.99, but currently on sale for $.99.

There are many, many more applications for the iPhone that are geared toward photography. Just search for photography in the app store to find them, or browse the Photography section of the app store on your phone.

If you use an Android based device, check out these applications:

PicSay Pro The award winning photo editor for Android. Spice up the pictures on your mobile phone and share them with your friends.

Snap Photo Pro ($0.99) Snap Photo Pro has a stability feature that only snaps the photo when you’re holding the phone still. Very nice! And Android let’s you replace it as the default camera app.

Walkway in a Winter Wonderland by Daniel Greene
"Walkway in a Winter Wonderland" by Daniel Greene

No matter what device you use, it’s probably worth your time to check out, which is the site associated with the Best Camera app. You can also look at the Flickr groups “Photos Taken With An Apple iPhone” and “Cameraphone“. There are some fantastic examples of what can be done with relatively simple cameras.

As usual, please add the tag “NovemberChallenge2009” to each photo you upload for this challenge so we can find them. Then add “NovemberChallenge2009-01″ to each day’s submission, making sure to update the last number for each day. In addition, please add each photo to the group on Flickr.

Heres my ride! by Daniel Greene
"Here's my ride!" by Daniel Greene

This is our last monthly challenge for 2009. Let’s make it the best one yet!


14 thoughts on “November Challenge, 2009: Shoot With Your Phone

  1. Hmmm… on the fence with this one… I’ve posted a few pics from my LG Vu phone, but always after editing on the computer. It seems that the built-in photo editing app on my phone automatically resizes the pics from 1600×1200 to 640×480 when you edit and save them. Don’t think I’ll be uploading any 640×480 images to flickr!
    Did some searches for 3rd-party photo edit software for the Vu but haven’t found any yet.


  2. Stephanie,
    Any cell phone will do, as long as it can take photos and you can get those photos up to Flickr somehow. The post talks about iPhone’s and Android phones because those are the devices that Trevor and I have experience with.


  3. Scott,
    You are not required to do any editing. Why not just post the full size shots from your Vu? I would bet that with a little experimentation you could get some great looking shots without any editing required. Make it about composition and capturing the moment!


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