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Taking Dramatic Black & White Photographs with the iPhone

Along with the iPhone camera, I also shoot with digital cameras and film cameras. While I love being able to do many levels of modifications to my iPhone photos, I enjoy the challenge of shooting with a few Lomo cameras too. The Lomo cameras have a very limited range of adjustments (usually a couple distance settings on the lens) and additionally limited in the quality of the equipment. The lenses are not perfect and even the film advance dials mean it is easy to create double exposures through planning or through forgetfulness. The fun with the cameras are in the area of taking the challenge of what will look good and what won’t when living in the limited world.

This weekend, I was shooting around San Francisco with my nephew. Several times he stated that he was switching his Android photo to take Black & White instead of color. Hmmm… my iPhone camera doesn’t have that setting!

Enter, Dramatic Black & white, an app for the iPhone photographer. When I grabbed the app, I was hoping it was going to force the photo through the iPhone camera be taken in Black & white, but the viewfinder screen shows color. I guess, that is what the real world film camera does too. Once the photo is taken or imported, it goes black & white from there forward.

Dramatic Black & White does offer a few fine tuning options, all around the visual impact of ‘non color’ photographs. Film speed, shutter speed, lens, etc… on a film camera it all causes the finished photo to be completely different. We are about with the app though to get to the same ending, but it is all done with adjustment sliders and filters. While most ‘filter’ apps offer two or three kinds of black & white effect, this app offers three full groups. As well, lighting eclipse and fine tuning of each filter.

I will post up a few screen shots I took of the app as soon as my iPhone Photo Stream picks them up. Meanwhile, here are a few from the developer of Dramatic Black & White: