Lately, I’ve been really exploring the possibilities of iPhone photography. So far, I really like what I’ve been able to do. I thought I’d share a few useful tips I’ve learned along the way.
1.) The iPhone camera doesn’t take the photo until you release the camera button. When I learned this it immediately made my photos better. I used to tap the screen to take a photo and sometimes this would inadvertently push the camera a bit as it was shooting and created slightly blurred images. By holding the camera button down, composing the image and then releasing it when you want to take a shot, you immediately eliminate this problem.
2.) The way you hold the camera is important. Stop holding it with one hand. Unless you like out-of-focus photos. Use two hands to hold it stable. Or press it against a table, wall, pole, anything stable.
3.) The iPhone is surprisingly good at panoramas. My favorite app for this is AutoStitch. You just select a batch of photos from your camera library, input them into AutoStitch and watch as AutoStitch automatically recognizes matching photos and combines them into one panoramic shot. It can be used for horizontal or vertical panoramas.
4.) Shoot first, process later. Take your photos in the camera of your choice, then import photos into whatever app(s) you will use to process the photos. When you shoot photos in an app that adds effects to the photo (Hipstamatic, Plastic Bullet, Lo-mob, etc…) it takes longer for the iPhone to save the image and you lose out on other shots while you are waiting. Of course this may not matter if your subject is not moving, or if you just really love one particular app and view it as fundamental to your photographic style.
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