Tuesday, April 24, 2012


In today's society we have so many devices. There are MP3 players, tracking devices, and handheld game consoles. My personal favorite of all that continues to improve is the iPhone. It lets you talk to people face to face, you can surf the internet, play games, listen to music, make videos and of course, take pictures.

Since the iPhone, there have been many applications to make its camera even better. To name a few: camera+,   snapseed, hipstamatic, there's even a photoshop app. However, someone should see your pictures, if you're going to make a big effort in making them look better, right? Instagram was the number one app of 2011. Instagram is where I enjoy sharing my pictures. It's like twitter except with pictures.

Let me share a little tutorial on iPhoneography. First off remember the rule of thirds. Determine your subject and shoot.

If you were to draw a tic-tac-toe diagram, you would notice that each subject is placed so that it crosses a vertical and horizontal line. It's that simple. Let's get into the wow factor. You want your pictures to pop and that is where those apps can come in handy. Find a free, or a cheap app. If you want to spend some money, that's up to you. The examples I mentioned range from free to $4.99. Here is an example of a before and after picture I took of my wife and our dog.

                                    BEFORE                                                     AFTER     
In this picture I did a very simple edit, but made sure that the colors in it popped. I used camera+ and by adding a bit of clarity, and about 36% of the HDR effect I was able to get the wow shot I was looking for.

Despite the great things it offers, there is only so much you can do with your iPhone. Photojojo.com has some camera lenses that stick magnetically to your iPhone (don't expect to use your flash when using these lenses because it's covered by the lens). The only thing that can hold you back from having great iPhone photos is not taking any. 

The fisheye lens is meant to create a wide panoramic, or hemispherical image. In this photo, I am able to see more of the sky and ground. Without the fisheye lens, I would probably see the building and only some sky. 

This wide-angle lens allows more of the scene to be included in the photo. 

(Wide-angle Lens)

The macro lens is close up photography of small objects.

(Macro Lens)

The great thing about all these applications is that it makes any ordinary photo into an amazing one with just a few quick selections. You can become a pro in no time! Have fun!

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