I don’t know if it’s because I recently had a baby, or maybe because I’m just looking for an excuse to spend even more time on my iPhone, but I’ve recently found a new interest in iPhoneography.

Up to a few months ago, I wouldn’t think twice about snapping a picture with my iPhone. I would pull it out of my pocket, launch the camera app, and take a picture. The result would usually be decent enough, but nothing amazing.

Then I came across Justin Balog’s blog which was like an eye opener about what you can really do with your iPhone. I devoured his short tutorial, and decided to get in touch with him to see if we could meet, since he appeared to be traveling to San Diego from time to time. When we finally met a few months ago, we talked about the iPhone, photography, and how we could work together to bring some awesome iPhoneography tips to iDB readers.

That’s why we decided to launch this mini series focused on iPhone Photography. To start, we’ll just test the water and see how you react to it, if you like it or not, and if you ask for more. This will be a good way to gauge the interest iDB readers have in iPhone photography. My feeling is that you will love it!

So, what is the goal of this series?

If you’re like me, you don’t know jack about photography in general. Aperture, focal length, ISO speed might not mean anything to you, although they are some of the basic terms and principles of photography.

That’s why we thought it would be a good idea to start with the basics of photography applied to the iPhone and go from there, so that whether you’re a beginner or an expert, we can all learn together at the same pace.

Let me hand you over to Justin for a minute so he can tell you more about our photo series…

My name is Justin Balog, author of the critically acclaimed iBook ‘Big World Little Lens – The Complete Guide to iPhone Photography‘.

I’d like to start off by thanking Sebastien for inviting me to join the iDB team.

In this series, we will not only be exploring the world of iPhone Photography together, we will unearth the creativity in all of us. My goal for this series is simple: to teach you how to make a great photograph with your iPhone that you are excited to share with your friends and family… heck, maybe the world. The series will include app tutorials, technique tips, as well as general principles of photography. All of which are intended to increase the awesomeness of your iPhone photos. Now grab your iPhone and let’s get started!

As you may be able to tell, Justin is pretty excited about our iPhone photography series too!

If you haven’t yet, I highly suggest you download Justin’s iBook called Big World Little Lens – The Complete Guide to iPhone Photography. It’s available in the iBook Store for $4.99 and is a goldmine of information for iPhoneography beginners. When I first got my hands on Justin’s iBooks, I thought that the content would be too “light” for me as I already knew the very basics of iPhone photography. After reading a few pages, I found out that although I did know a lot about what he was touching on, there were still a bunch of tips and tricks I learned from it. As I said to Justin after reading his iBook, I believe Big World Little Lens is a must-have for every beginner out there. Of course, if you already are an experienced iPhone photographer, your mileage may vary.

Watch for our very first iPhoneography post sometimes this week. In the meantime, if you have any question or request, please leave a comment below.

And don’t forget to follow me and Justin on Twitter and Instagram. We are @JustinBalog and @SebastienPage. If you’re already out shooting and sharing awesome pictures, make sure to use the #iDownloadBlog tag so we can find them.

  • I love to see the series.

    And most def I am now going to buy Justin’s ibook.
    Thanks for sharing, and I will love see the series.

    • Awesome, looking forward to sharing the series with you.

  • nice article sebastien. Glad that other members of IDB posted.. Seriously, Zibreg posts everything these days

    btw typo. “and decided to get in touch with him to see if he we could meet”

  • Sounds like a great idea!! I’ve just recently started to edit pics with Camera+ and love the outcome, so looking forward to seeing what I can learn from iDB 🙂 excited for the first post! Thanks

  • Anonymous

    Looks like a copy of what they do on iMore if you ask me but then almost everything over the last few months has just been recycled rumours and articles, nothing original at all other than the tweak reviews Jeff does.

  • Anonymous

    Sebastien & Justin, if you guys want some more info on iPhoneography or photographs check me out on Instagram @jaredaburnett or Twitter @JaredABurnett . I think you’ll like what you see. Don’t forget to follow.

  • I went to iBooks, and was unable to find the book.

    • The iBook is only available on iPad

  • Can’t wait for this. Great idea for a series! I have a 5 month old so I know where you’re coming from on taking more pics now with your iPhone.

  • I, as a professional photographer, would love to see this series. Technical infos will be nice, but what makes a good photography is your eyes, your soul, your creativity, which I think is the main focus of the series.
    Very nice initiative, Sebastien and Justin! Good luck!

    • Great to hear from a fellow photographer. That is very much the intent of the series. It will be a balance of the technical aspects of capture, post processing, principles of composition, and inspiring your own creativity.

  • Tom

    Great idea. Can’t wait for the first installment!

  • Isn’t it a little weird that “Big World Little Lens – The Complete Guide to iPhone Photography” is only available for iPad? WTF?

    • Cant evan find it on the Ipad, did anyone acctually find it?

      • Howdy,

        Yes, the book is written on Apple’s iBook Platform which is only supported by iBooks 2 on the iPad. We are publishing for other platforms next week. I will reply to this thread when they are released.


      • great! ty!

      • AltF5

        Looking forward to it. Preferably a format that could be readable on the iPhone (like a PDF — even if we have to zoom in and all around the pages). That would be good enough.

      • AltF5

        (It is out – see comment below)

  • This website doesn’t have the monopoly of posts on iPhoneography. Besides, I promise you we won’t do a post on how to take picture of your dog…