Yet Another 25 Tips for Mastering iPhone Photography

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Part 4 - Settings, Filters, Less-Is-More, Photo Apps, Feedback, Philosophy

68.) If you intend to use post-processing apps on your iPhone photos, be sure you first learn how to make and set essential adjustments such as brightness, contrast and color saturation. With that understanding under your belt, go ahead and explore the many and more advanced effects and filters available to you.

69.) The easiest way to ruin a good image captured with your iPhone is to willy-nilly apply strong or multiple filters - particularly vintage filters.

70.) Use effect filters and presets provided in photo apps as starting points for developing your own image’s “look and feel.”

A landscape photo with effect filters applied

With all the filters available to you in photo apps, let your imagination and inspiration guide you (iPhone 5, Cardano Al Campo, Italy)

71.) Good photo apps will offer “strength” adjustment sliders with effects and filters. Use the “less-is-more” principle when applying these to your images, by using the minimum strength setting initially, then making small incremental adjustments.

72.) After editing and processing apps on your iPhone, consider organizing them into their own album. Name it something like “Completed” or “Edited.” This is particularly important if you take many photos - and you should, of course. Using albums in the Photos app makes it easy when looking for particular photos, instead of endless scrolling through your Camera Roll.

73.) Use photo apps that maintain their own intermediate storage library as a staging area for further processing. 

For example, the Camera+ app (by Tap Tap Tap) has it’s own photo library - called the Lightbox - which can hold the images you are working on. It’s a perfect way to temporarily store images for additional processing in Camera+. You are given the option to also save images to your Camera Roll, which is how I set it. Alternatively, you can save and share independently directly from the app’s Lightbox. 

One caution when using an app’s internal photo library: if and when you delete the app from your iPhone, heed the warning about the potential loss of your app’s data, which of course, includes those images stored in that library.

74.) Do you find that you really like and often use one or more photo apps on your iPhone? Do the developer a huge favor: give the app a thoughtfully expressed positive review. To help fellow iPhoneographers, be as detailed and fair as you can when sharing the things you like (and don’t like) about the app.

75.) Consider the camera in your iPhone as if it were an expensive DSLR. You'll never realize the iPhone’s true potential if you only use your iPhone to take superficial snapshots and silly selfies (as President Obama and Vice President Biden recently did). 

There you have it - some more good tips to guide your iPhoneography adventures. Will we get to 100 tips? Here’s my promise: I will have given you 100 tips by the time I reach my 100th article here on TMO this summer.

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