I will be the first to admit that an iPhone does not have the features that you will have in a top end DSLR. That being said, I am also a firm believer in the old saying that the best camera is the one that you have with you. Let’s face it, as much as I would love to walk around wielding a fancy DSLR at all times, sometimes it is only me and my phone. Plus, it is just plain fun to break out the iPhone for a spontaneous shot-from-the hip photo adventure every once in while. If an iPhone is all we have to work with, then we may as well fine-tune our craft to using one.
I am finding more and more times that I use my iPhone to take my creations that step further than if I had my DSLR.
One of the beautiful things about the iPhone is all the applications that are available for it. Photography junkies everywhere will rejoice in knowing that there are 1,000′s of photography related applications in the app store, many of them being free. Of course, all those choices will also make it more difficult to decide between them.
I have found how easy it is easy to fill up your device with applications, sometimes only using that app that week of download and never again. So experimenting with new applications is good, but I am finding that I need to get into the habit to clear out the ones I do not use, the advantage to that is that it will leave you more storage space for actual photos.
I have come to change my ways in taking photos when I use my iPhone and just merely holding my iPhone and setting up the frame has changed. Holding firmly in both hands for stability is a starting point and I try to refrain from holding my arms out like a zombie and fighting to see the screen from arms length. If I just bend my elbows and bring the screen closer to my face so I can more easily see all the details. I am sometimes amazed at what a difference this makes in my composition.
One thing I do find with the iPhone, is that you do need to avoid using the zoom tool. It drains the resolution and sends any hope for a decent picture quality out the door. If at all possible I physically move closer to my subject if you need a close-up.