Get Your Most Amazing iPhone Photos With 2 Apps

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I’ve been an avid amateur photographer since high school and the advancement of camera technology has been exciting to watch. I’m a firm believer that what is most important is the end image, not who took it or how they got there.

While camera phones still don’t rival dedicated cameras in terms of overall quality their convenience in helping us capture every day life and always being with us when we need a camera (one of the hallmarks of good photography) can’t be overlooked.

I also love the array of apps that have come out which help us take better pictures and mask the imperfections in them.

The majority of time when I take a photo with my iPhone it comes down to using two apps and they’ve turned out pretty good.

The apps are Pro HDR and Instagram. There are certainly others but these two work consistently well for me.

It’s a little extra work to process images with two apps but it yields better looking photos than those just taken with one.

Step 1: 
Open up Pro HDR ($1.99 in iTunes) and frame your picture.

If you’ve never used Pro HDR you simply put one box on a light area and one box on a dark area of your image. The app will then take two images altering the exposure per each of the boxes. Be sure to hold VERY still because you want the images as perfectly aligned as possible. Pro HDR will then render the images into a single HDR photograph.

Drag your boxes to light and dark areas of your image to set the contrast range.

Be sure to save, then close out Pro HDR after making any small adjustments you wish (contrast, cropping, etc…).

Step 2: 

Open up Instagram (free in iTunes).

Tap the camera icon to go into shooting mode then tap the bottom left icon to select the image from your camera roll that we just took with Pro HDR.

The bottom left button in Instagram where you can import a picture that you took with Pro HDR or another app.

From here it’s just a matter of selecting the filter you prefer with your given image, saving it and sharing it with the world. Below is a collection of images I’ve gotten using these two apps.

If you’re interested in going further with iPhone photography, I’d recommend checking out Digital Photography School’s iPhone Photography eBook.

There are a lot of great photography apps out there, which ones do you like to use? Let us know in the comments…

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  1. says

    I was researching what app to use and your article came up. I’m going to have to give these a try. BTW, I really love the photos. Great work.


  2. says

    The only problem with your article is instagram’s new policies. Can’t see myself ever using them again. Otherwise it was a great article and I especially enjoyed the photo’s. My step daughter is an accomplished photographer and she does a lot of photo’s using her iPhone.

    • says


      Yeah, I wrote this up before that whole fiasco. Instagram did retract some of what they were trying to do. I’ve not caught up on all of the details but the outcry over that made them think twice. Need to find out what exactly is still in there though.

  3. says

    Pro HDR is a good one. I also like Camera+ and Snapseed. I often crop the photo in Camera+, then edit in Snapseed and upload to Instagram. I rarely use Instagram’s filters but that’s just me.

    I used to use the Olloclip, though I use it much less these days. Great way to capture some solid fish eye, wide angle and macro shots!

    • says


      Thanks for stopping by. Yeah, Camera+ is awesome (though I don’t use it a lot) and Snapseed is great for post processing.

      Check out Trey Ratcliff’s 100 Cameras as well.

      Never heard of Olloclip but I’ll check it out.

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