5 iPhoneography Tips & Tricks

5 iPhoneography Tips & Tricks

Vivian Kim
Mar 1, 2011

There are plenty of iPhone photo apps out there, but combining all those apps into a work flow can allow you to take your iPhone pictures to the next level. Here are a few of my favorite tips and tricks to get the most out of your iPhoneography apps.

1. Quick and easy crop
If you're in the need of a quick crop, you can do it straight from your iPhone's photo album. Simply zoom into the crop you want, then take a screenshot by pressing the sleep/wake button and the home button simultaneously. The screenshot is then saved in your photo album.

2. Double exposure
Pro HDR is one of my most used photo apps. It's more powerful and customizable than the iPhone's built-in HDR and you can do a lot more with it. Normally the app is designed to blend two pictures with different exposures, merging them together to form an evenly exposed picture. However by adding random pictures from your library, the app creates a double exposure effect:

3. HDR effect from a single image
Adobe Photoshop Express for the iPhone is great to have in your arsenal of apps. It allows you to do basic editing like exposure, saturation and contrast, as well as rotate and straightening. To top it all off, it's free! Using this app with Pro HDR can create some neat effects. The first step is to select an image. Here is the original photo I started out with:

Take your original image and use Photoshop Express to overexpose it:

This time, take your original image and adjust the contrast to underexpose it:

Once that's done, take the two images and merge them using Pro HDR. Here's the final result:

4. Use TiltShift to create depth of field
TiltShift Generator was designed to create a miniature effect, but you can also use it to create a depth of field effect that you would normally achieve with a DSLR. All you need to do is put whatever you want into focus and blur the background.

5. Make a GIF of a panoramic image
QuadCamera is great for taking multiple burst shots and having them all in one image. I found a little trick where you can take a panoramic image and create a moving GIF. Simply take a panoramic image (I recommend using Pano app) then upload it to QuadCamera. From there, just press the video camera button and adjust the speed.

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