5 iPhoneography Tips: Using your iPhone’s Camera to its Full Potential

With Instagram, Camera 360, and other photography applications readily available for smartphones and tablets, everybody’s a photography enthusiast nowadays. If you want to take photographs other than selfies, though, you might as well first learn the basics of iPhone photography. There’s even a term for people who take stunning photos using their iPhones: iPhoneographers.

Want to explore photography with your iPhone? Don’t you worry, kid. Here are some features that will help you make the most of your iPhone’s camera.

1) Panorama
Whether you’re in the topmost floor of a skyscraper or on top of the highest mountain, make the memory last by taking a good photo of the stunning view using the panorama feature. Remember to balance the color and focus not only on the view but also on the contrast of colors.

Taking Panorama photos on the iPhone 5s

2) Burst Mode
We all know that taking action shots isn’t easy. There’s a good chance that you’ll end up with blurred photos if you’re taking photos of moving subjects. The iPhone, fortunately, offers a Burst Mode feature that lets you capture multiple photos in high-speed succession. As long as you’re holding down the shutter-release button on the screen, the iPhone 5s captures up to 10 frames per second. With this feature, you have a higher chance of getting blur-free photos.

iPhoneographer’s tip: Timing is crucial in taking excellent action shots. When you’re taking photos at a soccer game, for instance, try to anticipate when the athlete will kick the ball; when that moment comes, use Burst Mode and shoot.

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3) Photo Filters
Remember the good old days of toy cameras and Polaroids? You can mimic the vintage-looking photo effects of these cameras using the Photo Filters function of your iPhone camera. With a wide selection of effects that ranges from Mono to Process, you can take old-fashioned photos with your high-tech gadget. Photos with high contrasts work well in Mono and Chrome, while those that have low contrasts are perfect for the Process and Instant effects.

iOS 7 photo filters

4) Moments and Collections

There will always be memories from your trips. Anytime you take a photo using your iPhone, the iPhone tags the photo as a Moment. Each Moment contains information on when and where the photo is taken. Moments are then organized into Collections based on locations and dates. On your photo stream, you can tap headings to bring up a map view with pins representing the number of photos taken at that specific location.

This is perfect for when you want to share your iPhoneography portfolio to someone.

5) Experiment
This is not an iPhone feature, but it’s something you should keep in mind. Always remember to experiment. All the valuable features on your iPhone’s camera are useless if you can’t be creative. Don’t be afraid to fail because it’s a part of the learning process. Don’t be boxed in by so-called ‘photography rules’ either; do what it takes to get the shot you want. Play with emotions that you want to convey in your photos, play with colors, and play with your iPhone camera.

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