I will be the first to admit that I rarely have my fancy camera on me anymore. Does that stop me from taking photos? Absolutely not. I am still able to take high quality photos on my iPhone. So how does one capture higher quality photos on a cellular device?
Personally, I have two tips.
Tip One: Find yourself a different camera app. I have an iPhone and I hate the camera. Now, hate is a strong word and I do not use it lightly. When I say I hate the camera, I mean I down right, 100% despise the fact that I have to use that piece of crap camera for a majority of my day to day photography. So what do I do? No, it isn't carry around my Canon DSLR. I have found the light in the app Camera Plus. Camera Plus is not a free app but don't write it off on that fact alone. The last I checked this app was $2.99 in the app store for Apple phones and let me tell you that it is worth every last penny. This app allows me to not only tweak exposure and focus but also hosts a slew of basic edits. It has awesome features that the iPhone camera does not have such as timer mode (thank you camera gurus!) and even a stabilizer for unsteady shooters everywhere! You can see in the photo above that it does a pretty darn good job with making sure the focus is on what you want the focus to be on instead of the whole image (and nothing bothers me more than an ENTIRE photo being focused so thank goodness for that!)
Tip Two: Download a post-processing (editing) app. The easiest way to take a photo from meh to walla is post processing. I guarantee that 99.9% of all professional photos in the world are post-processed in one way or another so why not apply that to iPhotography, too? I highly recommend PixlrExpress+ in the app store. Honestly, I use this app a lot when I have to edit anything fast. It has many similar features to Photoshop except it is free and on the internet. Now, this is not me saying quit using Photoshop, if you have it stick with it, but if you do not need it, do not buy it. PixlrExpress+ allows users to apply a whole range of nifty effects and overlays to images as well as make all basic adjustments (ex: contrast, lighting, cropping, red eye, color, ect.)
This wonderful app also allows focal blur and more advanced edits like whitening for teeth and eyes and airbrushing effects (hello perfect skin!)
If however, you try this app and it is not quite your cup of tea I also recommend checking out Snapseed. I am not nearly as familiar with this app (because I love PixlrExpress+ so much) but from what I have explored it is worth the download.
Do you have any questions or hints of your own? Feel free to share in the comment section!
Keep on photographing and push yourself even further this week followers!