The world around you is analog. Capturing it in digital form takes smart planning mixed with creative chance. Learn how to use light, framing, depth of field and HDR techniques to make your iPhone photos stand out in the crowd. Discover easy tips and tools for taking and producing creative, eye-popping photographs with your iPhone.
Creative iPhone Photography Michael Clawson, Chief Fish, Big Fish Creations
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Shooting creatively with your iPhone is something anyone can do with just a few simple tips
1. Plan your photo shoot for maximum creative success✦ Photograph what you love✓ Pick a subject that interests you✓ Your creativity will blossom from within your passion
1. Plan your photo shoot for maximum creative success✦ View your subject from several angles✓ If you can, try to walk around your subject, or move in to a different location to view your subject
2. Frame your shot to capture that creative and emotional angle ✦ Avoid framing your subject in the dead center ✓ Shoot subject at an offset angle ✓ Tilt your iPhone slightly to change the angle ✓ Try a shot from the ground up or from above looking down
2. Frame your shot to capture that creative and emotional angle ✦ Apply the Rule of Thirds ✓ Use a 9-part grid to frame your photo for dramatic impact
2. Frame your shot to capture that creative and emotional angle ✦ Turn on grids in you camera application whenever possible ✦ Capture more than you need in your ‘Master Shot’ and crop in your photo app
3. Exploit the natural light or create and ﬁnd your own ✦ Shoot in the morning or evening when the light is at dramatic angles ✦ DON’T shoot mid-day ✦ DO Shoot when it’s cloudy ✦ Look for natural and/or reﬂective light
3. Exploit the natural light or create and ﬁnd your own ✦ Look for Light ✓ Streetlights ✓ City Lights ✓ Headlights ✓ Candles, table lights, etc
3. Exploit the natural light or create and ﬁnd your own ✦ Create Light ✓ Turn on extra lights like lamps or overhead lights, etc. ✓ Have a friend hold a ﬂashlight or their iPhone using a ﬂashlight application to light up your subject ✓ Avoid using built-in ﬂash whenever possible (red eye is evil!)
4. Pick the right camera application for your ‘Master Shot’✦ What is a Master Shot?✓ A master shot is the photo you take that will be cropped, enhanced, or manipulated at a later time✓ Editing (post-processing) a ‘Master Shot’ allows you to try different creative ideas without replacing the original✓ Your iPhone is a portable computer that can be ﬁlled with numerous creative photo apps giving you unlimited creative freedom. Hint: explore the App Store!
4. Pick the right camera application for your ‘Master Shot’ ✦ Apple’s Built-in Camera App ✓ Fast ✓ Consistent ✓ HDR Option ✓ High Resolution Capturing ✓ Supports multi-touch gestures ✓ Grid option
4. Pick the right camera application for your ‘Master Shot’ ✦ HDR Apps ✓ Takes 2 photos, one dark, one light, and merges them together for a higher deﬁnition photograph
4. Pick the right camera application for your ‘Master Shot’ ✦ Simulated HDR Apps ✓ Simulated HDR means that the application is not taking two pictures and merging them into one. Instead, the app ‘simulates’ the HDR look from a single shot
4. Pick the right camera application for your ‘Master Shot’ ✦ Panoramic Capture Apps ✓ Can process multiple images into a single wide angle photo
4. Pick the right camera application for your ‘Master Shot’ ✦ Slow Shutter Apps ✓ Can delay the shutter (hold it open) for longer than the factory setting. Great for very low light conditions and special effects
4. Pick the right camera application for your ‘Master Shot’ ✦ Always save your original Master Shot ✓ Allows you to apply a different ﬁlter to the same Master Shot at a later time
5. Apply SLR Techniques ✦ What does SLR Mean? ✓ Single-lens reﬂex camera
5. Apply SLR Techniques ✦ Depth of Field (DOF) ✓ Sharpness between nearest and farthest objects
5. Apply SLR Techniques✦ Aperture (F-Stop)✓ SLR cameras achieve DOF using f-stops✓ Blur & tilt-shift can simulate greater DOF for the iPhone’s ﬁxed aperture
5. Apply SLR Techniques ✦ Tilt-Shift/Blurring Apps ✓ Numerous apps are available that can apply blurring for greater DOF ✓ Places emphasis on your subject ✓ Adds more dimension to your photos
6. Apply Additional Post-Processing in other apps✦ Filter/Process Master Shot✓ Apply color correction, blurs, unsharp masks, color cross-processing, textures, composites, borders, vignettes, color effects, DOF, photo overlays, etc.
7. Additional Tips✓ Take ‘tons’ of shots✓ Look for happy ‘accidents’✓ Study the style of other photographers✓ Imitation is the best form of ﬂattery✓ Don’t steal photos!✓ Share photos on your Social Media (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, 500px)✓ Get feedback✓ Don’t take it personal
“Shoot the work you love. Pimp that work. Repeat.” Chase Jarvis
“The iPhone is the snapshot camera of today.” Annie Leibovitz