1. trparky's Avatar
    OK, I've seen other people's photos that they have taken with their iPhones that people have posted here and they all seem far better than mine. Colors pop and are vibrant whereas my photos always seem kind of "blah".

    Why is that? What are you guys using? Special apps? Special settings? Are you shooting in RAW format? Are you doing any kind of post-processing? If so, what software are you using? What suggestions do you have? I'd rather not spend crap tons of money on this because well... I'm not willing to spent $700 on Adobe Photoshop. No Mac software, I'm on Windows (yeah yeah, I know).
    02-19-2017 10:35 AM
  2. Tartarus's Avatar
    I am using stock Camera app and make sure the lighting is okay. I always try to find that angle where the light goes.
    Just try it out under different circumstances and you'll be a semi-pro soon.

    Good luck.
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    02-19-2017 10:41 AM
  3. mogelijk's Avatar
    I'd also suggest, if you live in a city with an Apple Store, or might travel to one, take one of the iPhone Photography Workshops that are offered. You can find a schedule on the Apple Store app and sign up for them there. A couple that you might find interesting are "iPhone Photography," which teaches how to use the camera app and the various features that help you take better pictures, and "Shoot More Artistic Photos with iPhone," which uses some accessories and other apps that can be used to improve your pictures.
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    02-19-2017 10:48 AM
  4. Annie_i6s's Avatar
    I'd also suggest, if you live in a city with an Apple Store, or might travel to one, take one of the iPhone Photography Workshops that are offered. You can find a schedule on the Apple Store app and sign up for them there. A couple that you might find interesting are "iPhone Photography," which teaches how to use the camera app and the various features that help you take better pictures, and "Shoot More Artistic Photos with iPhone," which uses some accessories and other apps that can be used to improve your pictures.
    I agree with this hundred percent! I have taken a few different photography courses at the Apple store and they are wonderful. The instructors are patient and knowledgeable! And, the good thing is that you can take them as often as you feel you need to.!
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    02-19-2017 10:51 AM
  5. mogelijk's Avatar
    I agree with this hundred percent! I have taken a few different photography courses at the Apple store and they are wonderful. The instructors are patient and knowledgeable! And, the good thing is that you can take them as often as you feel you need to.!
    Yes, the instructors are great. I also forgot to mention that these workshops are free and, as you mention, there is no limit to how many (or how many times) you can attend. In fact, the instructors will encourage you to come to more of them.
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    02-19-2017 10:53 AM
  6. metllicamilitia's Avatar
    Photography is an art form, it takes practice and knowledge like any other skill or art form. Unless the lighting can be manipulated in some way, a lot of photographers refrain from outdoor shooting unless it's sunrise or sunset because the sunlight isn't overly bright during those times. The biggest tricks for the initial photo are lighting and composition. After that it's all editing.
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    02-19-2017 11:13 AM
  7. nnahorski's Avatar
    General tips:

    1. Move closer with your feet instead of the zoom.
    2. Take pictures early in morning or later in evening during "magic hour".
    3. Make sure subject of picture is not in harsh lighting.

    Most importantly, take many, many pictures. For every good one I get on my iPhone or camera, I've taken dozens and dozens of others that did not come out well.

    Have fun!
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    02-19-2017 11:16 AM
  8. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    Exposure matters. Lighting can make or break a photo. Try different things with light.
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    02-19-2017 11:27 AM
  9. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    OK, I've seen other people's photos that they have taken with their iPhones that people have posted here and they all seem far better than mine. Colors pop and are vibrant whereas my photos always seem kind of "blah".

    Why is that? What are you guys using? Special apps? Special settings? Are you shooting in RAW format? Are you doing any kind of post-processing? If so, what software are you using? What suggestions do you have? I'd rather not spend crap tons of money on this because well... I'm not willing to spent $700 on Adobe Photoshop. No Mac software, I'm on Windows (yeah yeah, I know).
    Check out Serenity's tips via the following link.

    http://www.imore.com/ten-tips-taking...-iphone-photos
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    02-19-2017 11:59 AM
  10. mark-d's Avatar
    Being a good photographer isn't just about shooting a good photo, it's about editing and processing it well!

    There are many photo editing apps out there. The golden rule is use them to make minor enhancements, never over process photos or they'll look terrible
    02-19-2017 01:46 PM
  11. lemony0's Avatar
    I had no idea Apple offered free photography courses. Next time I'm in store I'm going to inquire because beyond pressing the focus square I have literally no idea.
    02-19-2017 02:26 PM
  12. edswife1970's Avatar
    I had no idea Apple offered free photography courses. Next time I'm in store I'm going to inquire because beyond pressing the focus square I have literally no idea.
    Download the Apple Store app, and then choose shop. Then you can select the store closest to you by ZIP Code, and see all the workshops that are being offered by topic or by date. As a matter of fact, I am going to attend the iPhone photography workshop near me tomorrow!
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    02-19-2017 03:00 PM
  13. Truman82's Avatar
    Filters for the win.
    Jokes aside, as said earlier there are many courses which teaches trick or two. And by searching Web or YouTube you can find pretty good guides as well.
    Do remember that Apple is known to aim for most realistic colours where for example Samsung brings colours up in attempt to make the photo please masses of users.
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    02-19-2017 03:01 PM
  14. robertk328's Avatar
    Lighting is key.

    Also, a decent editor like Snapseed can help a lot. It's free

    Just don't get carried away with the effects unless that's the look you are going for!
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    02-20-2017 09:52 AM
  15. mark-d's Avatar
    Remember if you're editing on your iPhone screen what looks good on your iPhone screen may look very over edited on a full size screen or in print should you be intending to print your photos.

    Also, one handy little tip, always keep the original in case you mess up the editing then you have something to go back to and start again with
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    02-20-2017 10:18 AM
  16. Larry Cook1's Avatar
    Great tip Mark-D. Keeping the original is paramount to having a starting point in case of a catastrophe.
    02-21-2017 07:53 PM
  17. Digital-Nomad's Avatar
    For photography there are a few rules:
    - don't use digital zoom
    - try different angles
    - get up early or stay up late for the best light
    - take many, many pictures

    I hardly use the native iPhone camera for my pictures, simply because the pictures turn out, well... ok.
    For better pictures and better adjustment settings I use ProCamera.

    For editing, I use ProCamera as well.
    But I also can recommend Priime. They offer a lot of filters. And after you processed your picture you can always (even after a long time) go back to the original picture. That's something
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    02-21-2017 08:46 PM
  18. robertk328's Avatar
    For photography there are a few rules:
    - don't use digital zoom
    - try different angles
    - get up early or stay up late for the best light
    - take many, many pictures

    I hardly use the native iPhone camera for my pictures, simply because the pictures turn out, well... ok.
    For better pictures and better adjustment settings I use ProCamera.

    For editing, I use ProCamera as well.
    But I also can recommend Priime. They offer a lot of filters. And after you processed your picture you can always (even after a long time) go back to the original picture. That's something
    I had for gotten about Priime... I'll have to download it again and try it some more. Thanks!
    Digital-Nomad likes this.
    02-22-2017 04:46 AM
  19. DonMecca81's Avatar
    For vivid colours that pop u could try shooting in HDR or high dynamic range and see if this helps. I'm not a pro and this is my first iPhone but I am quite happy with the photos I have taken so far. Could there be something wrong with your camera or software maybe? If most of the pics posted here are great and yours is bland maybe it's a phone issue.
    02-23-2017 10:00 AM
  20. edswife1970's Avatar
    Great tip Mark-D. Keeping the original is paramount to having a starting point in case of a catastrophe.
    Maybe you already know this but in case you don't, any photo that you have edited, can be put back to original at any time. Just select that photo and then select edit. Then select revert in the bottom right corner.
    02-23-2017 01:56 PM
  21. SnapThrow's Avatar
    Lots of good suggestions... lighting (exposure) and no digital zoom are super important, and taking several pics is a good suggestion... I would add turn on the camera lens grid and think about the rule of thirds for framing
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    02-23-2017 03:32 PM
  22. trparky's Avatar
    OK, how is this photo?
    Can someone give me a crash course in great iPhone photography?-img_0340.jpg
    02-23-2017 07:15 PM
  23. trparky's Avatar
    Oh and I can't seem to get HDR mode to stick. I have to keep enabling it, it always seem to revert to Auto mode.
    02-23-2017 07:16 PM
  24. Tartarus's Avatar
    Go to Settings > Photos & Camera > Preserve Settings and see if you have enabled all the options there, just to be sure.





    If you don't have that option yet, please know that I'm on the latest iOS beta. This means that in a future update you will have that option as well.

    Until that time you will have to manually enable HDR.
    Last edited by Tartarus; 02-24-2017 at 11:44 AM.
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    02-23-2017 07:26 PM

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