Justin Balog

Justin Balog is an award winning photographer and filmmaker. You can follow his daily creative adventures at HOSSedia.com or learn more about iPhone Photography in his iBook “Big World Little Lens” (PDF version). To find out more about Justin, follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

How to use Pro HDR to create stunning high dynamic range iPhoneography

Welcome back to iDownloadBlog.com's lessons in iPhone Photography. I hope you enjoyed making light trails the last couple weeks. They're some pretty creative folks out there looking like they had a good time with it. In today's lesson, we are going to revisit high dynamic range (HDR) photography. Actually, we are going to improve upon it using a great little app called Pro HDR.

Before we get going, and to celebrate the release of the iPad mini, I decided to give away a few copies of my book "Big World Little Lens - The Complete Guide to iPhone Photography." It is specifically designed for the iPad and iPad mini. If you haven't picked up a copy of the book yet, you can here. The cool thing about iPad books is that you will get free updates whenever I publish a new version. Speaking of the a new version, I'm in the middle of a major update that will be hitting the shelves at the beginning of the year. If you get the books now, you will automatically get the free update then.

Photographing light trails with your iPhone and Slow Shutter Cam

Welcome back to our lessons in iPhone Photography. I hope you enjoyed injecting a little motion into your iPhoneography over the last couple of weeks. This week, I want to continue on the theme of motion and pushing the limits of your iPhone. As a photographer, especially an iPhone photographer, your creativity often comes to an end when the sun goes down. Even with the iPhone 5's improved low light capabilities, making images at night isn't where your iPhone excels. In today's lesson, I hope to change that.

At night, there's nothing more fun than photographing light trails. Here's a quick example of light trails that I shot this week. The idea is simple: stabilize your iPhone and photograph cars as they drive by. If you'd like to know about using a tripod and cable release with your iPhone, check out chapter 6 of my book, 'Big World Little Lens - The Complete Guide to iPhone Photography' in the iTunes Bookstore...

Get your iPhone photography moving with this simple technique

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...

iPhoneography: when in doubt, shoot first, compose later

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.

Power your iPhone photography with the Golden Ratio

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...

How to use the Rule of Thirds in your iPhone photography

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!

How to Use Snapseed to Create Extraordinary iPhone Photography

Welcome back to iDownloadBlog.com'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...

iPhone Photography: a Fresh Perspective

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...

iPhone Photography & the Magic of HDR

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.

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)...

iPhone Photography: Advanced Exposure & Focus Techniques

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 liberation...

iPhone Photography & Creative Exposure

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"...