Originally Posted by virgil carter
"...I'm sure the photos everyone is making are lovely, but I admit- it all seems like overkill for me unless you're really having a high quality print made. I've used my iphone to very good effect..."
Steve, have you entered your work in regional and national juried competitions using Iphone photos?
Absolutely. Every art photo I've ever used has been done with my iphone. All my submissions to shows (AWS, NWS, CWA, Widling gallery, etc), and all the work in my gallery on my website is done with my iphone too. Everything on instagram and facebook too.
Iphones take pretty good clear pics, but they tend to run cool in temperature. Also, everything gets slightly crushed when online- my gallery pics are slightly lower res than what I have on my hard drive, and most contests require you to shrink the pixel count down to a lower res than the iphone creates natively. Even the iphone is really overkill in terms of resolution.
I'm not saying iphones can't take crappy pics. They totally can.
But I think appropriate cool bright lighting, placing yourself properly in relation to the painting so you don't distort it in your image, and knowing the basics of color post-processing in PS are more important than a DSLR for good results.