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 vast majority of time when I take a photo with my iPhone it comes down to using two apps and they’ve turned out to be a pretty good combination.
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.
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.
Be sure to save, then close out Pro HDR after making any small adjustments you wish (contrast, cropping, etc…).
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.
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 some of the 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…