Paul Jackson and the iPhone’s Camera

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Since the iPhone’s release, there has been much criticism of the built in 2.1MP camera. Certainly, there is room for improvement.

Personally, I don’t really understand most of the criticism. Cell phone cameras suck. If you want a real camera, get a real camera. Even a $150 pocket point and shoot will outperform any cell phone camera by a long shot.

So what happens when a professional artist with an unparalleled intimate knowledge of light gets a hold of an iPhone and decides to take some pictures?

What you see at the left is what happens.

The renowned watercolor artist Paul Jackson has an iPhone and he noticed some interesting characteristics of the iPhone’s camera’s implementation. Namely, it scans when it takes the photo and, thus, you can achieve interesting effects if you move the camera just right. Combined with his mastery of all that is light, he set out to see what he could do with the camera.

Some very cool images resulted. Paul says “I just love the shots I’ve been getting from my iphone camera. You can bet it will affect how I paint things!”

Paul’s paintings are simply stunning. It is hard to believe that an image like this is a watercolor. And Perfect Curves is a great example of Paul’s mastery of painting light.

Truly a great artist!

Paul was recently invited, as one of only three american artists, to exhibit at the First Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary International Watermedia Masters in China during the Olympics.

He is spending some time traveling through China and is documenting his experience on his weblog. It is a fun read and full of interesting observations & insights.

I look forward to seeing how Paul’s future work is influenced by the strong imagery of China!



6 Responses to “Paul Jackson and the iPhone’s Camera”

  1. iPhone News » Blog Archive » Paul Jackson and the iPhone’s Camera says:

    […] bbum added an interesting post on Paul Jackson and the iPhone’s CameraHere’s a small teaserThe renowned watercolor artist Paul Jackson has an iPhone and he noticed some interesting characteristics of the iPhone’s camera’s implementation. Namely, it scans when it takes the photo and, thus, you can achieve interesting effects … […]

  2. Andrew Stone says:

    It’s cool what pro artists are doing. What’s even more interesting for me is what regular iPhone users can now do! Now, after doing the action wobbly photo taking, pop it into iGraffiti and create amazing art. Check out the iGraffiti Art Space for iphone camera art from around the planet.

  3. Bookmarks for August 21st from 20:41 to 20:49 at B12 Solipsism says:

    […] Paul Jackson and the iPhone’s Camera – Scan to the right for some funky results. I'm trying it […]

  4. Surrey Wedding Photographer says:

    This is awesome – it’s super when people can turn what is conventionally thought of as a fault into art. Fantastic!

  5. Evan H. says:

    2.1 is great for a camera phone compared to my LG that only shoots at 1 mega pixel. I love camera phones because the convenience is always there to shoot a photo, I am not carrying a cam on me at all times but I ALWAYS have my cell phone in handy.

  6. As Pictured Below: July 17, 2009 « Entirely Adequate says:

    […] a bonus, it has some very cool special effects – note blogger bbum’s observations and examples of iPhone images shot by watercolor artist Paul Jacks…. Movement of the subject or the camera can result in a gorgeous, stylized blur. Of course, it can […]

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