50 things I have learned about iPhone photography

By Emil Pakarklis on Nov 17, 2013

In this post you are going to discover the 50 most important things I have learned about iPhone photography. Over the past two years I have taken some really great photos, and at least ten times more photos that did not turn out the way I wanted. I have done a lot of photo editing, which often only made my photos worse. I have spent countless hours on social media sharing my work and following the work of other photographers. And I have learned many things in the process.

I hope that by sharing the most important lessons I have learned I can accelerate your learning and help you avoid some of the mistakes that I made. But most importantly, I hope to inspire you to become a more active iPhone photographer. Let’s get started! Read More

 

baseCam, another fun realtime photo and video filters app

By Sébastien Page on Nov 14, 2013

Filter apps can be found by the truckload in the App Store, and while some of them really stand out for the effects they offer or by their usability, others sometimes go unnoticed. Earlier today, I found out about baseCam, yet another camera app that brings real time video and photo filters to your iPhoneography.

After playing around with it for a few minutes, I have to say that I really enjoy its elegant and simple UI, as well as a few of the live filters it offers. The app description touts 25 unusual filters/effects, and I must say there are a few of them I really like, specifically the Dots, Pixelate, Red, Yellow, Green, and Blue ones… Read More

 

9 tips for finding the perfect angle in iPhone photography

By Emil Pakarklis on Nov 3, 2013

One of the most important things determining the quality of a photo is the angle from which it was taken. Even if you have a really interesting subject and you follow the most important composition guidelines, you still need to find that unique and interesting angle to really make your photo shine.

In this article I’m going to share my 9 best tips for finding the perfect angle so that your iPhone photos really stand out and look as great as they possibly can… Read More

 

How to edit beautiful Fall photos with your iPhone

By Emil Pakarklis on Oct 27, 2013

As the leaves turn from green to bright yellow and red, the fall is one of the best times of the year for landscape photography with the iPhone. When ordinary landscapes change into magnificent vistas, it’s really hard not to take photos of all that beauty.

However, when you look back at your photos, you’ll often be disappointed to see that the iPhone hasn’t reproduced the fall colors as you expected, and the photos just look boring in comparison to the same scene in real life. Fortunately, this can be corrected in post-processing, and in this article I’ll show you a simple Snapseed post-processing workflow that will bring your fall photos back to life by making their colors much more vibrant.

While the fall is well on its way in most of Europe and North America, other parts of the world have different seasons. It’s spring in Australia and permanent summer in tropical regions. However, the same editing workflow can also be used to greatly improve sunset photos, so you should also give it a try if you live in other parts of the world… Read More

 

Mobile Photography Awards now accepting entries for this year’s contest

By Cody Lee on Oct 24, 2013

We’re big fans of iPhoneography here at iDB—you’ve probably noticed our weekly segment on the subject. We love learning different tricks and techniques to help us take better-looking photos with our iPhones, and then sharing them with others.

So with that in mind, we thought we’d pass along the news that the MPA has begun accepting submissions for its 3rd annual Mobile Photography Awards. The contest is the largest of its kind, open to everyone, and features $15,000 in cash and prizes…

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7 tips for taking landscape photos with the iPhone

By Emil Pakarklis on Oct 20, 2013

Have you ever taken a photo of a magnificent vista, only to find out that the image doesn’t look nearly as good as in real life? While all of us have experienced that at some point, there are some tips that can dramatically improve the quality of the landscape photos you take with the iPhone.

The iPhone (or any other smartphone) has a small digital sensor which inevitably leads to poor image quality in low-light conditions. However, landscape photos are almost always taken in abundant light, making them practically indistinguishable from photos taken with an expensive DSLR. If you follow the tips outlined in this article, you will be able to take landscape photos that look just as good, if not better, than the same scene in real life… Read More

 

The best iPhone photography filter and effect apps

By Lory Gil on Oct 17, 2013

Apple has a “Fun with Filters” section in the App Store now. It is a reminder of how many photo-editing apps there are out there. But, which ones are the best? It mostly depends on what you like to use photo editing apps for.

We’ve taking a close look at Apple’s list and weeded it down to our favorite photo filters and effects applications. Take you iPhone photography a step further with the various effects and textures offered by this selection of apps… Read More

 

11 tips to get more Instagram followers

By Emil Pakarklis on Oct 13, 2013

Let’s face it. Instagram is only fun if other people are following you. However, when most of us first sign up for Instagram, hardly anyone is following us. In this article you’re going to learn some simple and ethical techniques to build a following on Instagram.

There’s a lot of demand for Instagram followers, and different scams and spammy techniques have been created as a consequence. Needless to say, these techniques don’t work (and Instagram will likely delete your account if you use them), so this article only focuses on legitimate ways to get more Instagram followersRead More

 

Nat Geo photographer commends iPhone 5s camera

By Cody Lee on Oct 8, 2013

During his latest trip to Scotland, National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson snapped over 4,000 photos using his new iPhone 5s. And he had nothing but good things to say about the smartphone and its camera.

In a Nat Geo blog post, Richardson shared some thoughts on using the device, noting that what surprised him most was picture quality. He never felt like he was settling for photos because he was using a mobile phone… Read More

 

7 apps that every iPhone photographer should use

By Emil Pakarklis on Oct 6, 2013

There are thousands upon thousands of photo apps on the App Store. While some of them are truly amazing, others are average at most. With so many options to choose from, it can be hard to know which apps are worth your time and money. To help you find the cream of the crop, here is a list of 7 apps that every iPhone photographer should use… Read More

 

How to photograph silhouettes with the iPhone

By Emil Pakarklis on Sep 29, 2013

Silhouetting is one of the most interesting techniques in iPhone photography. By leaving your main subjects in the dark, silhouetting helps you to create a sense of mystery in your photos, while at the same time drawing more attention to their subjects.

But more importantly, silhouette photos just look awesome, and it’s very easy to take them with the iPhone. By the end of this tutorial you’ll know how to photograph silhouettes with your iPhone on your own, and you’ll discover a few simple tips to make sure that they always look amazing… Read More

 

11 composition tips for taking great photos with your iPhone

By Emil Pakarklis on Sep 23, 2013

Thanks to its great photo quality and the unparalleled selection of photo apps, the iPhone has become the world’s most popular digital camera. However, even an excellent camera and world-class photo editing tools can’t turn a bad photo into a good one, and the easiest way to improve the quality of your photos is to learn composition.

In this article, you’re going to discover 11 simple and highly effective composition tips that will greatly enhance the quality of the photos you take with your iPhone… Read More

 

Instagrids makes your Instagram profile unique

By Lory Gil on Sep 19, 2013

Have you ever checked out someone’s profile on Instagram? In the upper left corner is the user’s profile picture. Posts, followers, and a personal note is next to that. And then, there is a grid with all of the user’s pictures. What if that grid was made up of a bunch of images that made one big one?

Instagrids does that. Instead of focusing on individual pictures that a person uploads to their Instagram feed, this app uploads segments of a full picture, making your profile grid display the whole picture… Read More

 

How to photograph lightning with your iPhone

By Justin Balog on Sep 7, 2013

Lightning photography is all about timing. If you’re shooting a DSLR you can use all sorts of tricks like super long exposures and lightning triggers. With our mobile phones, we have to be a bit more creative. I thought I would share a few quick tips to improve your chances of photographing nature that happens in a fraction of a second.

In this iPhone photography lesson, I’ll show you several techniques about how to photograph lightning with your iPhone… Read More

 

FLIP remixes your photos into original grid based collages

By Lory Gil on Aug 21, 2013

Sure, you can add layers and filters and frames and tilt-shifts to your pictures in order to make them look interesting and poignant. But, most apps don’t let you cut pictures up, move things around, and turn them upside down.

FLIP is a photo effects app that cuts your images into strips and squares and puts them back together with fascinating results… Read More

 

Good deal: 65% off 3-in-1 iPhone lens kit

By Cody Lee on Aug 17, 2013

Folks looking to increase their iPhone photography skills might want to take a look at this lens kit deal going on over at Stack Social. The deal site is currently offering a 3-in-1 iPhone lens package at a steep discount.

Just like the popular olloclip set, the kit includes 3 different types of lenses for your smartphone: fisheye, wide-angle, and macro. Except instead of paying $70 or $80, you can pick this package up for less than $25… Read More

 

iPhotographer Magazine launches on Apple’s Newsstand, free issue available

By Cody Lee on Aug 17, 2013

We love iPhone photography, sometimes referred to as iPhoneography, here at iDB. We love learning new methods to take better photos with our iPhones, and of course, sharing those methods with our awesome readers.

With that in mind, we wanted to tell you about a new digital magazine devoted to the subject. It’s called iPhotographer, and it just launched on Apple’s Newsstand this week with—wouldn’t you know it—a free preview issue… Read More

 

How to create stop motion animations with your iPhone and Google+ Auto Awesome feature

By Justin Balog on Aug 3, 2013

If you’re going to understand this post, you’ll first need to see my Auto Awesome in action. This might be a bit of a departure from a traditional lesson in iPhone Photography, but I always feel it’s important to experiment with new technologies. I went so far down the Rabbit Hole trying to figure this out, I just had to share it!

If you’re a Google+ user, you probably already know this. If not, they actually have some very cool things going on over there. One of those things is the ‘Auto Awesome’ photo tools. In short, ‘Auto Awesome’ can do very awesome things with the images you upload and like the name implies, it does it automatically. Things like ‘auto enhance’, ‘auto HDR’, ‘auto panorama’, and for this example, ‘auto motion’!

All you do is upload several photos and Google automatically determines the appropriate awesomeness to apply. For example, if they are different exposures of the same scene, it will auto HDR them. If there is overlap in the scene from one image to the next, it will auto panorama them. If it’s the same scene with subtle motion differences, it will do thisRead More

 

Apple’s multi-sensor patent soups up the iPhone’s camera color and resolution

By Ed Sutherland on Jul 31, 2013

As the iPhone’s camera becomes the handset’s most-used feature, Apple is increasingly looking for ways to enhance the experience. The latest example comes in a patent granted Tuesday which combines three sensors providing images with improved color saturation and lighting.

According to the patent approved by the U.S. Pantent and Trademark Office, the three-sensor technology described by Apple is part of a trend among smartphone manufacturers adopting multiple image sensors for greater mobile photography… Read More

 

Extend your iPhoneography creativity with Color Moves in Photoshop Touch

By Sébastien Page on Jul 7, 2013

Welcome back to iDB’s lessons in iPhone photography. If you remember the last lesson, I hinted that we could be taking a deeper dive into some post processing techniques. Specifically, that deeper dive will be looking at RGB color moves using Photoshop Touch.

I’m sure you are asking, what is an RGB color move and why would you want to do it? All the color information your iPhone records is composed of Red, Green and Blue (RGB) data. The idea of a color move is to brighten or darken the various RGB values in your images to expand your creative post processing. Maybe you want to make an image more red or blue. Maybe you want to create your own Instagram-like filter that is uniquely yours. In this quick lesson, you will learn how to do just that… Read More