Yet Another 25 Tips for Mastering iPhone Photography

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Part 3 - Power, Balance, Tags, Saying Thanks, Photo Sites, Inspirations, and Adjustments

61.) To state the obvious, power for battery charging is a critical requirement when shooting lots of photos with your iPhone. Particularly when abroad, don’t always assume that power outlets are freely available. Many cruise ships and hotels are notorious for a paucity of outlets.

Three power accessories that I use and endorse are key to any kind of travel I engage in. One is the dual voltage (120V/240V) PS2 Travel Power Strip by Voltage Valet. I also carry two battery backup devices. The Mophie Juice Pack Plus is a 2100mAh battery case for the iPhone 5s. This and other models are available for older iPhones. I also carry an Anker Astro3 12000mAh External Battery Charger. It has multiple USB ports and is very handy for keeping my iPad and other devices charged up.

62.) While remembering that all composition “rules” can be broken in order to achieve your vision, think of your images in terms of balance. For example, is you’re main subject located in one corner of the frame? Think about balancing the composition by placing something of interest in the opposite corner.

63.) If you tag or keyword your images, overdoing it will drive you crazy and cause you to prematurely abandon the practice out of frustration. Unless you are shooting for the purpose of selling stock photography, take a minimalist approach to tagging. The best way to start tagging is to think of and use the words YOU use when you need to find a particular images. Be consistent when assigning your keywords. That will ensure that your tagging strategy will be successful.

64.) Way back in tip 13, I mentioned that it’s important to always offer constructive feedback when commenting on other iPhoneographers’ images. Just as important, always respond to those people who took the time to comment and critique your posted photos. A simple “thank you” can make a world of difference.

65.) Speaking of photo-sharing sites, it’s probably best for you to be active on no more than two or three. Whether it be Flickr, Instagram or other services,  pick a favorite, and maximize your presence and contributions there.

66.) Are you inspired by someone else’s iPhoneography “feel” and style? It’s perfectly alright to adopt it, but give it your own spin. Use it as a starting point for the development of your own unique style.

67.) To master photography on your iPhone, you need to learn and understand how to quickly adjust exposure and focus. Learn how to lock these settings by pressing and holding on your iPhone’s screen where you need them applied. Once locked, you can recompose your shot.

The iPhoto for iOS screen

iPhoto for iOS is one of many photo editing apps that gets you started with
the basic tools before moving on to more advanced ones

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