iPhoneography gained popularity with the constant improvement through generations of iPhone cameras. The first generation of iPhone was only equipped with a fixed-focus camera with no optical zoom or flash. As it evolved into the iPhone 3GS, the camera became more intelligent with autofocus, auto white balance and auto macro. The iPhone 4 was the first iPhone that could natively do high dynamic photography. The iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 were released with a panorama function available in the built-in camera app. The iPhone 6 and 6S further improved on functionality and performance, allowing more sophisticated manipulation and higher picture quality.
July 11, 2008 saw the public release of iPhone OS 2.0 which allowed developers to create apps for the iPhone. At the same time, the App Store opened, allowing people to install new functionality through apps. Among the earliest apps, there were camera replacement and photo filter apps, some of which also provided social networking that allowed users to share pictures instantly. In camera replacement apps, such as CameraPro, Snapture and Camera Genius, featured anti-shake, composition guide, burst mode and auto horizon etc, to assist people in making photographs. The photo filter apps focused on the post processing of pictures, including adjusting color, or converting to black & white. A notable app was Hipstamatic, released on December 9, 2009, which combined both the camera replacement and photo filter features. Its many manual control options and different editing tools contributed to the vintage look of photos.
Dr. Tarique Sani has been clicking photographs since his early teens. Self taught in darkroom techniques of developing film and making prints, he shifted to digital cameras almost as soon as they became available in the consumer market. His first digital camera was Casio QV-100 followed by Casio QV-8000SX. He rapidly graduating to a slew of DSLRs from Nikon and then Canon. However Tarique's current favorite camera for capturing images is an iPhone.
A serious amateur wildlife photographer. His photographs appear in more than 50 journals and ornithology books across the world. Some of them are on display in various wildlife sanctuaries and museums.
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