by Juline Moreland

You don’t need a fancy, expensive camera to be a photographer or to take professional, high-resolution photos. The camera in your smart phone is all you need! The technology put into these small devices is growing and putting point-and-shoot cameras out of business.

Last night we had professional photographer & musician Daniel Silbert give an informal seminar to our customers about iPhoneography.  He talked about different settings, tips & techniques.  We had printed a few of his photos large to show just how far the iPhone has come as far as quality & resolution.  

As someone who is somewhat tech-savvy and in my 20’s, even I learned a few new things about taking photos with my iPhone!

If you missed last night’s event, here are some highlights:

    If you hold down on the camera button on the screen you can take multiple pictures at a time - great for action shots!

    You can change the exposure setting as you take a photo:  tap on the live preview and you will see a yellow sun appear, then drag that sun either left or down to make the photo darker or drag right or up to make it brighter.

    Lock focus by doing a tap & hold on the screen

    Make sure you get down (or up) to the level of the subject you are shooting to get the best perspective & make sure you don’t shake your hands or phone when shooting!

    If you are in a position in which it might be difficult to hit the camera button on the screen of your phone, the ‘Volume Down’ button on the side of your phone works just the same!

    If you don’t absolutely need to, don’t use a flash! You can always adjust the exposure beforehand with the sun button or adjust brightness and exposure afterwards in an editing app. You can’t control or adjust the flash on your smartphone but you can control filters!

    Use third party editing apps for more sophisticated options than what the regular camera app offers.  VSCO & SnapSeed are great! Editing examples: HDR filters, color corrections, red-eye & blemish correctors, transformation tools (to give you different perspectives of your photo), glamour glows, vignettes, and many, many more! It’s as close to editing in Photoshop as you’d like it to be!

    When sending your photos from your phone for print or to view at high-resolution via email, make sure you are always selecting the ‘Actual Size’ option. iPhoto tends to compress your photo when sending in any other format or size so it cannot be viewed at it’s highest quality. If you can, avoid using iPhoto to send or edit photos.

If you use these simple tips we learned last night, your iPhone photos will be higher in quality! Now you can use these photos to print large on any material, make photo albums or decorate your home! Just remember, you don’t need a fancy camera to take high quality photos!

Check out Daniel Silberts work at www.danielsilbert.com or follow him on instagram to see his iPhonography @danielgsilbert.