Shooting Challenge: 9 Clever Phone Shots

Shooting Challenge: 9 Clever Phone Shots

The subject of phones – both new and old – is very close to our hearts here at Gizmodo. Read up on the stories that each of our nine submissions come with in this week’s shooting challenge results.

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Jason Cho

Canon 500D 50mm lens with a 21mm Macro tube. f/4, 1/60s, 400ISO, flash on

Taken using my new Macro tube. haven’t had a chance to use it properly yet so i decided to bring it out for the challenge
This is my old Xperia X1 that i have modified many times (to fix what Sony never finished), it has had winmo 6.1, 6.5 and android on it and is now sitting next to my Xperia X10 collecting dust after i upgraded to the HTC HD7. The thing i love about this phone is the slideout keyboard which i do miss.


Harish R

This photo was taken during one of those countless moments I used to lie on my bed, phone on the side and wait for that one message from that special person. Incidentally when I took my camera for the shot, a message came and it was hers!

Camera : Canon EOS 1100D
F – Stop : f/4.5
Exposure Time : 1/30 sec
ISO Speed : ISO 1600
Exposure : 0
Focal Length : 35 mm


Steve Bull

Wandering around the vintage markets at Rozelle (Sydney) today I saw a number of old phones selling for way too much considering most people don’t even have a home phone working these days, and who knows if they actually work. Anyway, this was by far the best looking one. Feeling slightly dodgy i was shooting from the hip with the iPhone 3GS cause some of the stall holders don’t like people photographing their goods. I thought this one came out pretty well, some effects (saturation, vignetting & Gaussian blur) applied in PS CS5. For anyone wanting to look at some cool old stuff, the Rozelle markets are worth a visit on the weekend.


Pav Dharia

The image was taken with a Canon 7D. I flipped a 50mm f1.8 lens over to get a macro shot of the iPhone’s top left hand corner of the screen. Shot at 1/125 ISO 400 f3.5. I thought it’d be a great way to show the pixel density of the LCD! I also like the fact that 3 is both the number of bars of reception, and the telco.


Nicole Mendoza

Nokia N8, ISO 105, 1/485s, f/2.8, 5.9mm

I didn’t want to take a picture OF a phone, so how about a picture of telephone/power lines taken ON a phone? Snapped in Melbourne, Australia as I was walking home. I love the angry clouds in the background.


Hasara Fernando

I went to high tea for a friend’s birthday this weekend and took this photo. I know this isn’t a great photo, but I liked the reflection in the teapot, especially of the phone being focused in the teapot.

Camera used: Nikon D60
Lens: 35 mm f/1.8
Exposure time 1/3 sec
ISO speed: ISO-1600


Michael Dolley

This image is called “Windows Phone with Mango”. Get it? Because the next update is called Mango? Yes, I did go out and buy a tin of Mango just for this lame pun. Windows Phone is an amazing platform that I genuinely enjoy using.

Camera Settings:
Pentax X90
1/50 sec.


Ben Foster

Camera: Canon 7D
Lens: Panagor 28mm f2.8 + 65mm extension tube
ISO: 250
Exposure: 1/20sec
Aperture: f2.8

This is a super macro shot of the Super AMOLED screen on my Samsung Omnia 7, focusing on the Messaging tile of the unique WP7 UI.


Mitch Swan

Inspiration for phones was a bit tricky, so I went off to my grandparent’s house to take an antique themed phones image.

Canon 600d, f20, 6sec, ISO 100 and a tripod.

Straight out of the camera the image looked really sharp and had great colours… good for most pics but bad for the antique feel of the image. So I desaturated almost all of the colour out (there are still some greens and reds in there), added in some grain and applied a vignette to create an old photo look.