How To Take Awesome Photos With Your iPhone

Say Cheese!
Don’t look now, but your phone is your new point-and-shoot. At least, that’s how it is for me. I still love my Canon S90, but I never seem to have it with me. What I always have with me is my iPhone and it has proven to be a worthy substitute. If your phone has become your “go to” camera, then here are a few tips to help you get the best images possible.

Apps Galore!
camera appsThe supply of camera apps available for the iPhone almost seems unlimited. Best of all, many of them are free. The other day, I did some spring cleaning and removed a few of my camera apps, but I still have almost half a dozen- and that isn’t counting video cameras!
Why do I have so many? I guess I’m just a camera hoarder – but why not? They all have little things they do better than each other, so I like to mix and match them. One of my favorites is TrueHDR. I reviewed it a few months back if you are interested -> TrueHDR review. It allows you to take some truly unique-looking images. Of course, Instagram is a favorite as well because it so easy to share the images afterwards.

How could anyone choose just one camera app?  I suggest trying the free ones and if you like them, then consider paying the upgrade to the full version.  In many cases, it is well worth the extra few bucks.

Hold ‘Em Steady
One of the flaws that plagues iPhone images- and many DSLR images for that matter – is when things get blurry. When you are in bright sunlight, everything is great. However, when things get shady- watch out for the blur. If you can set the phone on a table or at least brace yourself against something, it will make a big difference in your images. Remember, people don’t like blurry images – so don’t bother trying to pass it off as “arty” or something.

iphone accessoryAccessorize
Want to add a real twist to your iPhone images? If so, check out the Olloclip. This cool device snaps onto your phone and gives you some new lens options, including a fisheye, a wide-angle and a close-up macro lens. How cool is that!!??
The downside is that you have to take the case/cover off your phone for the thing to slide on-but that is just a minor drawback. The creative flexibility is more than worth the effort. Next time you are in a situation where you just can’t get everyone in the frame, you will be glad you have the Olloclip!

Go For It!
Now that you have some new tools and tips to work with, it is time to put it to good use. Remember, there is really no subsitute for practice, so if you want to take your iPhotography to the next level- shoot, shoot and shoot some more!


    • Larry

      Really? I haven’t tried using one of those. The iPhone isn’t fantastic, but it is not too much worse than the typical point and shoot.

  1. I’ll admit that I always just thought that these apps and add ons were all a littl gimickie, Larry.

    If someone with your background is suggesting we give them a try though, perhaps I’ll see if I’ve got any hidden creativity in me 😛

  2. You’re right about these apps being great to have, Larry as many of them offer features that the others don’t.

    When all is said and done, they’ll never replace proprer gear but for the average bloke like myself who just likes to ‘snap and share’ they’re more than suitable, easy to use and are pretty fun to mess around with.

    The OlloClip looks like a winner too – I think it might be a little beyond my capabilities though! 😛

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