Get your iPhone photography moving with this simple technique

By Justin Balog on Oct 13, 2012

Welcome back to iDownloadBlog’s lessons in iPhone Photography. Before we get into today’s lesson, iDB reader Latinpride011 left a comment last week asking for a quick video about Hueless. I can’t oblige everyone, but I try my best. So here you go. I hope it helps!

Now that we’ve got that taken care of, let’s get your iPhone photography moving! In this lesson I want to introduce you to a cool little technique we call ‘panning’. The goal of this technique it to keep your moving subject in focus and turn the background into a blur of motion. The way you achieve this look is to have your subject move past you as you ‘pan’ your iPhone in pace with your subject as you take your photo. Here’s an example of this technique in action… Read More


A course on black and white iPhone photography

By Sébastien Page on Sep 29, 2012

Welcome back to iDonwloadBlog’s lessons in iPhoneography. You can can catch up on previous lessons here. If you need a quick start, feel free to check out my free iPhone Photography tutorial.

Today I want to talk about Black & White Photography. I’m not talking about taking photos and performing black and white conversions. Nope, I’m talking about 100% pure uncut black & white iPhone Photography. The app we are going to be using is a totally cool app called Hueless. Why is it so cool, you ask? Well, because it was the first true black & white camera app for the iPhone. It’s a true camera application. There’s no editing images from your camera roll. When you fire up Hueless, you have to set your exposure, contrast, focus, and filtering at the time you take the photo. Today we will only be looking at exposure, contrast, and filters… Read More


Instagram updated for the iPhone 5 and iOS 6

By Sébastien Page on Sep 25, 2012

Instagram has finally been updated for iOS 6, and more importantly, the app has been updated to take advantage of the 4 inches of screen real estate the iPhone 5 has to offer.

Besides the few bug fixes that you might not even notice, the big changes come to the photo uploader and filters. iPhone 5 users will appreciate that the filters don’t overlap on the photo anymore, leaving you plenty of space to see what your photo will actually look like… Read More


Could the new iPod touch be the latest threat to point-and-shoot cameras?

By Ed Sutherland on Sep 17, 2012

First the iPhone turned the concept of mobile phones on its head, offering consumers apps as well as a dialtone. Soon, handsets became the go-to devices for taking snapshots. Now the iPod touch — a master at upending the market for music — is set to become your favorite point-and-shoot camera.

The new iPod Touch gains a 5-megapixel camera that also includes high-def images and Panoramic views. Now experts say the Touch has all the makings of a rival of the grab-and-go digital point-and-shoot camera. “I think this new Touch will appeal to many people both young and old, who are looking for a point and shoot camera that does more than just take photos,” writes Glyn Evans at the iPhoneography blog. Read More


iPhoneography: when in doubt, shoot first, compose later

By Justin Balog on Sep 15, 2012

We cover all sorts of things in this iPhoneography series. Everything from creativity and photographic principles to apps and gear. I had planned on carrying on with the theme of our previous two lessons about composition (the rule of thirds and the golden ratio) but then I saw this deer, and my entire lesson changed.

I have been meaning to write something like this for a while, so I figured there is no time like the present. It will be a short lesson. Read More


Turn your iPhone photos into real ones with the Impossible Instant Lab

By Cody Lee on Sep 10, 2012

Imagine being able to take a picture on your iPhone, and then quickly turn it into a Polaroid picture without having to connect the handset to a printer. Now stop imagining. Such a product exists. Well, sort of.

Introducing the new Impossible Instant Lab, a new Kickstarter project. It’s essentially a printer that can grab pictures from an iPhone and then quickly turn them into real photos. You have to see it to believe it… Read More


Facebook completes Instagram deal, reaffirms commitment to mobile app

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 6, 2012

Social networking giant announced intentions to acquire Facebook for a staggering $1 billion back in April, pending customary regulatory approval. Following its careful and thorough review, the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has cleared the way for the transaction last month.

The deal was subsequently valued at around $747.1 million, $300 million in cash and 22,999,412 shares of Facebook common stock. As the deal is now closed, the Instagram team will relocate to the Facebook offices. Don’t worry, they will continue to develop and enhance the Instagram app we’ve all grown to love… Read More


Power your iPhone photography with the Golden Ratio

By Justin Balog on Sep 1, 2012

In our last installment, we took a look at an age old principle of composition: the ‘Rule of Thirds’. I hope everyone enjoyed experimenting with it. In this installment, we are going to explore the foundation of this rule. Before that, I want to mention something about having fun.

Although we call it the ‘Rule of Thirds’, let’s not get hung up on the word ‘rule’. Let’s think of it more as a guideline. A guideline that we can choose to ignore if your creative muse directs you. So feel free to use these principles as you see fit, but just make sure you are having fun at the same time. Because fun is really the only true ‘rule’ in photography!

That being said let’s dive into the the true foundation of these rules… Read More


Show off your Instagram feeds in style with the Instacube

By Cody Lee on Aug 22, 2012

Over the past two years, Instagram has provided a mobile platform for millions of people to share filtered photos of everything from sunsets to cups of coffee. And yes, even food.

And now, the folks over at D2M are trying to provide a way for you to share these photos in a different way, with their Android-based, Instagram feeding photo frame… Read More


LA hosts first Mobile Arts Festival for iOS-created content

By Cody Lee on Aug 21, 2012

This is kind of cool: the first ever Los Angeles Mobile Arts Festival is going on right now, in Santa Monica, California. Hosted by and the Santa Monica Art Studios, the festival spotlights art created explicitly with iOS devices.

The event is like one big digital art gallery, featuring iPhoneography, artwork and more. That art on the car in the above image? Made on an iPad… Read More


How to use the Rule of Thirds in your iPhone photography

By Justin Balog on Aug 18, 2012

Remember a couple episodes back when we learned about perspectives, and I mentioned that someday we will get into all the stuffy aspects of composition? Well, that day has come. Don’t let that scare you away. Sure, it will involve rules and some math, but I promise it will help you make rocking images!

In today’s lesson, we are going to learn about the age old ‘Rule of Thirds’. I’m pretty sure this was the second thing I learned in high school photography class, right after darkroom safety. Enough of that, let’s get to it! Read More


How to Use Snapseed to Create Extraordinary iPhone Photography

By Justin Balog on Aug 4, 2012

Welcome back to’s series in iPhoneography. So far we have covered everything from exposure to composition. One thing we haven’t addressed are the apps. This has been by design. I wanted to make sure we had a solid foundation in photography before we started exploring the the digital darkroom.

Later in the series we will continue to expand our foundations in photography, but today we jump into the darkroom, and there’s no better darkroom than Snapseed. I’m guessing many of you have already begun to explore Snapseed. If not, watch this video for a quick tour… Read More


iPhone Photography: a Fresh Perspective

By Justin Balog on Jul 21, 2012

Welcome back to iDownloadBlog’s lessons in iPhone photography. In the past three lessons we explored all the various aspects of creative exposure. We’ve learned how to control the overall brightness of your image in Creative Exposure, how to take your exposure/focus to the next level in Advanced Exposure, and how to get beautifully balanced exposures using HDR.

What I’d like to touch on next is a discussion surrounding composition. In future lessons, we will get into more academic approaches to composition. However, for this lesson I want it to be a fun and less stuffy. With this in mind, I thought it would be fun to explore a few easy ways to make more compelling images by simply changing your perspective… Read More


PhotoMojo, a simple photo editing and sharing app for iPhone

By Jim Gresham on Jul 11, 2012

Plenty of photo editors span the App Store but few are as holistic as HalfPeeled‘s “PhotoMojo!” Boasting a clever assortment of photo editing tools that easily surpass Instagram, PhotoMojo! is a crafty and fun attempt to shoulder onto a much larger stage.

The app utlizes the Aviary engine to drive photo enhancements from speech bubbles to filters and offers many ways to share your new favorite photo… Read More


iPhone Photography & the Magic of HDR

By Justin Balog on Jul 7, 2012

Great to have you back for our 3rd installment in the iPhone Photography Series here at iDB. A couple quick housekeeping items. If you’d like it see what I’m up to as I prepare our next lesson or if you have questions, give my Facebook page a like or follow me on twitter (@justinbalog). I always do my best to help others realize their own creative vision.

A few non-iPad users asked about my book being available for other devices, I have good news.  It’s now available in .PDF which will work on all your devices. Also included in it are the videos from the interactive iPad Version. You can get it here, just add it to your cart and checkout via PayPal.

In the previous two lessons, we took a deep dive into exposure and how to leverage it to our creative advantage. In both lessons, we were working within the limitations of the iPhone’s ability to record light. It’s not your iPhone’s fault, it’s a limitation of all cameras. Whether it is film, or the most advanced digital sensor, cameras aren’t nearly as good as your eyes at dealing with a wide range of bright and dark.

That being said, the world of photography has had a long standing workaround. It’s a technique called High Dynamic Range photography (HDR)… Read More


iPhone Photography: Advanced Exposure & Focus Techniques

By Justin Balog on Jun 23, 2012

I hope you enjoyed making images using the creative exposure techniques we learned in our last iPhone Photography lesson. I had a great time following those that shared their work using the #iDBCreativeExposure tag on Instagram, and I share a few of my favorites at the bottom of this post.

In today’s lesson, we are going to learn more about exposure and focus liberationRead More


iPhone Photography & Creative Exposure

By Justin Balog on Jun 9, 2012

Taking a picture with the iPhone is easy. All you do is touch the little camera icon and voila, you instantly have a photo you can share with the world. There is nothing wrong with the spontaneous snap. However, in today’s lesson we are going to explore a technique that allows you to flex your creative muscle.

Before we get into the lesson, there are a couple of terms we need to cover first. They are “exposure”, “highlights”, and “shadows”… Read More


Introducing our iPhone Photography series

By Sébastien Page on Jun 5, 2012

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.


Snapseed update brings iPad Retina display support and Instagram sharing

By Sébastien Page on Apr 19, 2012

I’ve really gotten into iPhoneography within the last couple months and my most used app for processing images is without a doubt Snapseed. Available as a universal download in the App Store, Snapseed hadn’t been updated for the iPad Retina display until today.

But Retina display support isn’t the only new addition in this updated version… Read More


College Introduces Course On iPhoneography

By Jake Smith on Feb 6, 2012

iPhone photography, dubbed ‘iPhoneography‘, seems to be the new hip thing among iPhone users.

It’s much easier to carry your iPhone around to take photos than an expensive DSLR, and with popular apps like Camera+, Instagram, and Camera Bag, you can take equally stunning shots.

Interestingly, a UK college wants to teach its students this new method… Read More