This week, for my Digital Imaging class, I tested out taking some pictures with my smartphone (iPhone X) instead of my DSLR. I went to the upper fields of BYU-I with some of my friends and was able to capture a few interesting shots. For this photoshoot, I used several techniques to capture images with unique points of view, shallow depth, and flat lay and panorama styles. Unlike my usual process, I did all the photo editing on my phone instead of on my laptop. 


For my shallow-depth images, I used the portrait mode on my smartphone’s camera to add a blurred background to my image. For this photo, I took a picture of my friend standing in front of a field. In the first image, I applied no effect and left the background unedited. In the second photo, I changed my camera setting to portrait and my phone automatically added a background blur to the image.

Deep depth

Shallow depth

Point of view

The objective of my point-of-view images was to take a normal-looking scene and alter the perspective in a way to make it look more interesting. For the following images, I took a picture of the BYU-Idaho upper fields. For the first image, I took an image of the field with the fence in the center of the frame. For the second image, I changed my position to angle the fence in a more interesting way to improve the composition. To do this, I stood closer to the fence and angled my lens to create leading lines and to bring the patterns of the fence more into view.



Flat Lay

For my flat lay image, I set up some props in my room. I used my knitted quilt to add an interesting pattern to the background where I laid out the remaining materials. The materials I used were some spare change I had collecting in a jar on my shelf. After I got a few shots that I liked, I used an app called Snapseed to add some of the edits and the text. It was exciting learning a new photo editing software that I could simply use on my phone.

Spare Change


For my final image of a panorama, I wanted to go to a location that had a wide-open area. There was a great spot behind the upper fields with a big open space to capture some wide angles. I used the panorama setting on my phone’s camera to capture a long stretch of the entire area. While I was capturing my shot, one of my friends sat down on one of the rocks in the frame. This added to the vastness of the area and helped build the scene.

Sitting in the fields


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