iPhoneography, which is simply photos that are shot and edited with an iPhone, has grown as an art form over the years. As iPhone cameras evolved into point-and-shoot digital cameras, creatives have taken to developing works of beauty with the simplicity of the camera and editing apps that are available.

iPhoneography and Instagram are inexplicably entwined. Instagram, the popular photo and video sharing app, started out as a platform to share iPhone photos. It was originally available on iPhone only. In its purest form iPhone photos, with the use of filters and other photo apps, were put on display for all to admire. However, Instagram opened up to Android and today photographers upload their DSLR shots to exhibit. The diehards still enjoy the original iPhone challenge with newbies continually joining their ranks. These tips are for the newbies.

Play with the Iconic Square Photo

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Instagram originally only allowed for square photos so the option that the iPhone camera gives for square photos is helpful in composing a photo. For those landscapes or portraits that don’t fit into a square box, apps such as Square Sized made allowance for this and created a border. Today Instagram has a feature for all shapes of photos, however when looking at someone’s Instagram feed, the photos are presented as square, until one clicks on the individual photos. Think square when shooting for Instagram.

Compose Pics with iPhone’s Grid Feature

The iPhone camera has a grid feature which can be turned on or off. It’s a good idea to make use of the feature for photo composition. Whether sticking to the rule of thirds or newer modern techniques, the grid helps in planning the composition. To turn on the grid feature go to Settings, Photos & Camera, scroll down to Grid and turn it on. When you use the camera, the grid will be seen and the shot can be lined up.

Avoid Zooming in on the iPhone Camera

The camera allows zooming in by spreading your thumb and forefinger on the screen, however the quality of the picture deteriorates when it is used. Rather take the pic normally and crop it when editing. Try to keep the camera as still as possible when shooting to avoid any blur, particularly when you are going to crop it for a close up. Using a tripod is helpful as there is no shakiness. The alternative is to buy an iPhone lens to zoom in to subjects.

Focus on the Subject of the Photo

Frame the photo on the screen and lock focus by tapping on the subject. When tapped a little yellow square appears. This is the area of focus. Experiment and focus on different parts of the picture until the perfect pic is found.

Once these simple tips have been mastered, there is so much more to discover. Join Instagrammers all over the globe either online or at meet-ups to take up challenges and go on photo walks together. You can also join iPhoneography communities and share in the joy and creativity.

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