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Master iPhone® Device Photography: Top 10 Tips, Apps and Filters

Want to be an iPhone device photography expert? We've put together Experimac's tips for taking the best portraits, landscape and action photos along with the top editing apps and filters. It's time to take some epic summer pics!

iPhone® Device Photography Tips

  • Save time and use the camera shortcut
    The perfect moment to snap a picture can happen at any time. Isn't that why we use our phones to take them? Do not waste time unlocking your phone to take a picture, simply swipe up from the bottom of your lock-screen and snap a shot. Don't worry about privacy, your stored pictures cannot be accessed if you lock your screen.

  • Use the volume button to take pics
    The iPhone device's thin design, while sleek, can make taking pictures difficult, particularly selfies when you want to be sure you have a good grip on the phone. You may find it easier to use the volume buttons to take pictures instead.

  • HDR Auto
    High Dynamic Range, or HDR, could drastically improve your pictures by allowing you to take pictures that may have high contrast light, such as a bright sunset, without distorting any part of the picture. You can turn this feature on or off at any time, but many find it helpful to rely on iOS 8's HDR Auto feature which leaves it up to your iPhone device's sensor to turn it on or off.

  • Burst Mode
    Summer time typically brings adventures and trips out and about. That doesn't mean your pictures have to be blurry. Use Burst Mode when chasing after the kids, going for a ride or for any picture you try to capture in motion. By taking pictures in burst mode, the quick succession means a better chance of getting a clear shot of the image you want in addition to more options to choose from.

  • Grid iPhone devices have a grid option installed. It is designed to help you keep your pictures balanced, straight and on-point. You can enable this feature by going to the camera section of your iPhone device's settings.

iPhone® Device Photography Filters

  • Filters There are many applications that you can use to spice up your photos and edit colors and crop any image. These apps can be particularly beneficial if you plan on uploading pictures to social media accounts. Some apps such as Snapchat or Instagram offer their own fun and colorful filters for pictures and videos. Test them out and see what you come up with!

iPhone® Device Photography Apps

  • Snapseed
    This free photo editing app easily handles any of your iPhone picture enhancing needs. You can use it for processing techniques, including exposure, color, cropping, sharpening and perspective correction. You can even remove unwanted objects from your photos, or use the Brush or Selective tool to adjust the color and brightness of just one part of your photo.

  • PicsArt Photo Studio (iOS)
    PicsArt is a free app that delivers in an easy-to-use format for editing photos. With this app, you can create fun layouts, collages and mashups of all your fun summer pics. Make your social media picture posts more interesting this summer with this app.

  • Boomerang
    This free app from the creators of Instagram makes everyday moments fun and unexpected. With this app, you can create captivating mini videos that loop back and forth, then share them with your friends. Make a fun short video by finding something that's moving, or create a video-selfie by switching to the front-facing camera.

  • YouCam
    Designed to help you optimize your selfie-game, YouCam has the easiest-to-use beautification tools that provide amazing results, plus other editing options and collages. Anyone who is serious about their selfies will love this app.
Having trouble with your iPhone device's camera? Get that fixed before summer kicks into full swing at your local Experimac store. No appointment is necessary and most repairs are completed while you wait.