iPhone Photography Tips & Tricks

from hostelworld.com's blog

1. Adjusting exposure and focus

Remember that with most mobile photo apps, you can use your finger to touch the screen and tell the camera where it should adjust both exposure and focus. Do this especially when you want to create an image with only a small portion sharply in focus with great depth of field or bokeh in the background!

2. Use the 'Lux' setting in Instagram

If you're using Instagram to shoot, remember that the small sun-like icon in the bottom, left corner is the 'lux' setting and this can be used to correct a poor exposure by improving contrast and bringing detail out of the shadows in your photos.

3. Download 'ProHDR'

ProHDR is a great app that does simulate the HDR effect used by digital camera photographers but using the apps built-in sliders you can control that perfect exposure without screaming "HDR!!!". The app allows you to take as well as to import photos for effect application.

4. Use black and white

Don't underestimate the use of black and white to create interest in a story or sense of place. Not everything needs to be photographed in color. I love the 'Ansel' filter in Camera+. VSCO Cam, Monochromia and Monophix are great as well.

5. Group multiple images together to make one collective image

Group photos together in a collage to tell a story with one image. Apps like Diptic and Frametastic make it simple utilizing 2 to 9 images at a time.

6. Use the right apps for shooting food

Capture food at its most appetizing when you use Hipstamatic and their 'Foodie Snap' pack. It gives your images just the right colour and contrast with great depth of field that really captures delicious dishes at their best.

7. Capture motion blur

Capture motion blur by tracking your subject like you would with a normal camera - or, by composing your image first and focusing on a point you want sharply in focus, then allowing something like a train or person to enter the frame while you are pressing the shutter.

8. Snap on additional lenses

Snap on additional lenses, like the one Olloclip makes, to give your iPhone photographs added interest. Macro, wide angle and fisheye lenses - even telephoto - are all available from companies like Olloclip and Photojojo.

And some other tips regardless of what camera you're using...

9. Think out of the box

Look for ways to photograph well-known landmarks that are different from the usual postcard image. If you're capturing Big Ben, consider also capturing a nearby statue or other landmark. You could even "hide" it behind something else. Try to experiment and never take the expected photo!

10. Take advantage of reflections

Look for reflective surfaces like water, mirror and polished glass to frame images in a way that part of your subject is doubled. Or, capture the reflection instead of the real thing in your photo.

11. Add life to your shots

When you're taking travel photos, don't forget that allowing people to be in your photographs communicates a sense of life in a place. This is a good thing! And if faces aren't visible, you don't really need to worry about a release.