iPhoneography

Create impressive HDR photos with your iPhone and Aurora HDR

Smartphones have come a long way over the years. With advanced mobile technology we also have amazing and powerful apps. It’s the combination of these two that makes taking great photos with our phones possible. But when it comes to HDR photography, what do you do if you don’t own a camera or you left it at home? Why not use your iPhone for HDR?

We always have our phones with us these days. This means if you’re out and about and want to take a few photos, this is where your iPhone can give you amazing results when it comes to capturing and creating HDR photos.

After all, the iPhone is arguably the most popular camera in the world. Maybe the popular saying is correct: “The best camera is the one you have with you.”

In this post we will use a couple apps to create impressive HDR photos. We will first shoot photos on iPhone using an app called PureShot, and then we will edit these photos using Aurora HDR for Mac.

How to add Live Photos to your Instagram stories

In a new update released to its users this week, Instagram has added the option to upload Live Photos shot on iPhone and turn them into Boomerangs, all this from within the app itself. The only limitation at present time is that Live Photos can only be used in your stories (not in your main Instagram feed), although this may change in the future.

In this post, I will show you how to turn your Live Photos into Boomerangs in your Instagram stories.

Beautiful iPhone 7 photos show New Year’s Eve celebrations around the world

New Year’s Eve may be over, but Apple invites you to relive the festivities with these beautiful iPhone 7 photos. According to CNN, the Cupertino company partnered with 15 photographers to highlight NYE celebrations from around the world using iPhone 7 and 7 Plus devices.

In the above photo, taken by noted writer and iPhone photographer Samah El Ali, you can see fireworks going off above the Sydney Harbour Bridge at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Australia. And below, photographer John Lehmann’s image captures the party scene in Vancouver.

How to remove the green dot that sometimes shows on your iPhone photos

Have you ever shot a photo of a beautiful sunset and later realized there was a green dot in the middle of it, ruining it all?

This is an all-too-common problem for iPhone users that you’ve probably experienced before. Despite what some may believe, the apparition of a green spot in your photos isn’t an indication of something wrong with your phone.

In this post, I will explain what the green dot is, how you can prevent it from appearing to begin with, and how to remove that green dot from your existing photos.

10 great gift ideas for iPhone photographers

Welcome to the latest edition of iDB’s ongoing Gift Ideas series, where we provide curated roundups of some of our favorite products. Throughout the year we cover and test a number of devices and accessories, so we decided to use that experience to help those searching for the perfect present. Today’s roundup is focused on iPhone photographers.

How to get the bokeh effect in your photos, no iPhone 7 Plus needed

One of the main differentiating features of the iPhone 7 Plus over its smaller sibling is its dual lens camera system. Right off the box, it allows users of the larger device to enjoy a 2x optical zoom, unlocking yet more possibilities when it comes to iPhone photography.

Perhaps an even more exciting feature is the upcoming Portrait mode that allows you to produce a shallow depth of field in order to generate a fake yet beautiful bokeh effect in your photos.

Portrait mode is still in beta stages, but the good news is, if you want to replicate that bokeh effect in your photos, you can start doing so today, no iPhone 7 Plus required. I’ll show you how.

How to upload photos older than 24 hours to your Instagram Story

We’ve already learned how to upload pictures from your library to your Instagram Story, but as you may know, there is one big limitation when doing this: you can only upload photos or videos that have been shot in the last 24 hours. Anything older than 24 hours will not be eligible for upload to your Story.

Thankfully, there are several ways to get around this limitation, and we’ll show you exactly how.

When Apple turns an ad campaign into a local photography exhibition

Apple is launching a new Shot on iPhone ad campaign, focusing once again on what the company sees as one of the iPhone’s greatest features: the cameras.

Called Colors, this campaign features photos with bright and vivid colors. But maybe the most interesting part of the campaign is that the photos featured are all sourced in the local markets where the billboards are being displayed.

Give your photos a vintage look with Tonality

We are back with more photo tips today, so if you missed our first two articles, be sure to go back and read them. We covered creating a stunning HDR in under 3 minutes as well as 3 tips for creating eye-popping photos.

If you are like me, you like to experiment with different looks in your photos. That’s part of the beauty of digital photography – you can quickly and easily try out new ideas and processing styles, without permanently altering your original image. While you probably have a “go-to” style, it’s always rewarding when you step outside the lines a little bit and try something new.

I tend to be drawn to bold and expressive colors, so for me, experimenting with muted colors and vintage effects is kind of like a science experiment – it’s not my natural state, but it’s sure fun to mix things up in the digital lab and see what I come up with. I’m often surprised at the results, and I always learn something new.

Today, we will explore using Tonality from Macphun to quickly and easily add a vintage effect to your photos. You can download a free trial of Tonality and follow along with us. Like all Macphun products, the interface is simple and easy to use, yet there is a lot of power underneath the hood. This means you can go as deep as you like and make some significant changes to your photo, or you can do something a little less involved and create a masterpiece in just a few clicks. It’s really up to you.

That’s what we are doing today. We will walk you through some basic edits in Tonality, but just keep in mind that the end result is always wide open, limited only by your interest in experimenting and your own creativity. You can use Tonality as a one-click solution, or you can delve a little bit deeper and customize the look of your photos.

We will start with a one-click solution, and then make a few minor changes to demonstrate how powerful this product really is. Let’s get started!

Review: Aukey Optic Pro wide-angle camera lens attachment for iPhone [Video]

The Aukey Optic Pro is a wide-angle lens attachment that works with the iPhone. Thanks to its clip that can accommodate a wide variety of devices, it also works with many other tablet or phone form factors.

The main benefit to using an attachment like the Optic Pro is that you can gain a wider field of view while shooting photos or videos. This means that you don’t have to move further away from your subject to capture more scenery in frame.

If you’re an avid iPhone photographer, you can immediately see the benefits that a device like this can bring to the table. Not only does it quickly lend a wider field of view, but it’s portable, and can be added and removed in mere seconds.

But the Aukey Optic Pro isn’t without its shortcomings. Is the $44.99 device worth it? Check out our full video walkthrough for the answer.

Apple showcases seven new “Shot on iPhone 6” videos

As it turns out, the iPhone is pretty good at shooting video, too. To further prove its point, Apple has expanded its “Shot on iPhone 6” campaign, which it kicked off back in March.

The seven new videos, which feature various scenes and styles mated with music from iTunes, showcases the versatility of the camera built in to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Some of the videos even feature time-lapse and slow motion effects, both features of the stock Camera app in iOS 8.

The ultimate iPhone photography bundle

Apple’s “Shot on iPhone 6” ad campaign emphasizes the iPhone camera’s power to take incredible photography. With this bundle of must-have mobile photography accessories, you can take the amazing camera built into your phone, and the pictures you take with it, to the next level. Better yet, it’s available at a nice discount with free US and international shipping.