Shooting Challenge: Mobile Phone Photography

Everyone’s got at least one digital camera these days. But how well do you use it? Welcome to The Gizmodo Shooting Challenge, where Giz readers get to pit their photographic skills against each other for the admiration of their editors on a dedicated theme each week. This week’s challenge? Mobile phone photography.

You can interpret the theme in any way you see fit. There are only a few rules that must be adhered to: 1. The work must be your own 2. Photos must be taken after the challenge was announced (no portfolio linking or it spoils the “challenge” part) 3. Explain, briefly, the equipment, settings, technique and story behind shot. 4. Email submissions to [email protected] 5. Include 800px wide image (200KB or less) in email. 6. One submission per person. 7. Use the proper SUBJECT line in your email (more info on that below)

Send your best photo by Tuesday, March 8 at 8am AEDT to [email protected] with “Mobile” in the subject line. Save your files as JPGs, and use a FirstnameLastnameMobile.jpg naming convention. Include your shooting summary (camera, lens, ISO, 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!

The photo above was taken using my iPhone 4, watching the sun set over Los Angeles when I was there to see the LA Noire tech demo last year. I'd waited all day to shoot the sunset, and when the magic minute arrived, my camera battery died. So I pulled out the iPhone, opened up the Pro HDR app and started shooting. There's a little bit too much noise for my liking, but the overall result is probably better than I would have gotten from the camera I was using anyway thanks to the HDR mode - I especially love the glow around the observatory there...

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