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5 Tips to Take Awesome iPhone Photos

When I first started blogging, I carried around my phone and took AWFUL pictures of my food. I don’t know why anyone stuck around, but they did. If you’ve been reading since the beginning, thank you and GOD BLESS for nearly five years of putting up with me.

As I started reading more and more blogs and hanging out with more bloggers, I stepped up my game a bit and usually carried around a point-and-shoot, which I used every single day and took slightly more clear, if still not great pictures.


Eventually, I noticed lots of my blogger friends were using D-SLRs, and I decided to dust mine off. I’d gotten it for Christmas the year I moved to NYC, because I didn’t yet have a ton of friends and thought that photography would be a great hobby to pick up.

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I took a photography class with Ashley before she went and deserted me for the other side of the pond.

But these days, I rarely carry a camera around with me, even though I love my little S90. I love Instagram and being able to share photos instantly.

They say that the best camera you have is the one that you have with you, and I obviously always have my iPhone on me. Also, I now run my work Instagram, and, well, I have some serious competition and inspiration re:photography.

So last week, Emily took an iPhone-ography class. Yes, that’s a thing. I’d seen Juliette taking a similar class recently, and though it sounded like a great idea. I googled and Photo Manhattan was the first one i found.

For New Yorkers, I will give you the quick review before sharing the tips I learned: not worth it. I did learn some good tips at the end, but I also sat through a lot of very general how to use my iPhone camera, how to use the Photo Stream (which I don’t really care about) and that you should print out more of your photos to make them tangible.


But I did learn a few helpful tips that might help you.

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1. If there is something you’d like the lens to focus on, tap the screen. The little square comes up, and you can move it to where you’d like it to expose for, and it will do so.

2. YOU CAN USE THE VOLUME BUTTONS as shutters. I never knew this one, and it makes it much easier to take a photo.

3. Turn on the gridlines (Settings > Camera), and use the rule of thirds for more visually interesting photos. Don’t just center your subject. Put it one of the thirds lines to create a more dynamic photo.

4. Edit, edit, edit. Snapseed is a great app for your phone. I’ve been using this for a few weeks and am trying to learn the ins and outs, but even on a basic level, it does some decent editing.

5. HDR. Read more about it here, but the short version: it takes three images of different light ranges and compresses ’em all together. In many situations, it can make your photos look better, but it can also make them appear a bit flatter.

Do you have any tips to take great iPhone photos?

iPhone 5 Day!

Look what came while I was at work yesterday!


Hello, lover.

Growing up, I was obsessed with fashion. My dad, who worked in the textile industry, would send me back copies of Women’s Wear Daily at college.

But as I gained weight, fashion didn’t love me back. The heavier I got, the worse the latest trends looked on me, if I could even fit into them at all.

But technology? Technology always fit, and so I shifted from wanting the latest fashion to the latest technology.

Once I lost 50 pounds, I started taking a bit more interest in fashion again…but I still love me some technology. Plus, after running hundreds of miles with my old phone, exposure to too much liquid meant a slow, slow phone.

So, long story short, I’m very happy for this new phone.

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I haven’t used it much yet, obviously, but it seems like it has a great camera.

Someone asked me the other day for my favorite iPhone apps, so I thought I’d share (because I’m hoping you’ll comment with your favorite apps, too, so I can find new ones!)

The Obvious:

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare, Tumblr. No-brainers.


RunKeeper: I run with my Garmin most of the time, but when I’ve forgotten to charge it, I use the RunKeeper app to track my runs. I find it pretty accurate, and it hooks up with the GPS far faster than my Garmin finds satellites.

Electric Miles: DailyMile doesn’t have its own iPhone app, but this app helps you log your DailyMile miles.


iTrans NYC: This is an awesome one for NYC people–or people visiting NYC. It’s not free, but it tells you when the subway is coming, which is well worth the $3.99.

CityTransit: Similar to iTransNYC, but this one has all the subway maps, so you can quickly see where a train will be stopping if you can’t remember which stops are local and which are express on a train.

TripIt: Once you sign up for it online, it grabs all travel-related emails from your inbox and puts them into TripIt so that you have all your travel information in one place, such as confirmation numbers, hotel addresses.


Kindle: I recently got an actual Kindle, but I’ve used this app on my iPhone and iPad as long as it’s been out. It’s awesome to be able to read a book on your phone on the subway when you have no actual books or e-readers with you.

Cardstar: I hate those key tag loyalty cards junking up my keychain. With this app, you put in the numbers on the barcodes, and then cashiers can scan your phone instead. Much easier. (iOS 6 includes Passbook which does something similar, but I haven’t tried it yet.)

GroupMe: I can easily say this app has changed my life. While I know the iPhone does group texting, not all of my friends have iPhones. This app gives you one central number that everyone texts, and then the texts are delivered to everyone in the group. It’s awesome for group trips…or just a group of gossip-y girls.

Team iPhone? What are your favorite apps?