iPhone photography: The ultimate guide

The iPhone camera is the best camera most of us have with us most of the time. It combines the iSight hardware and Camera app software, often to stunning effect. It's no replacement for thousands of dollars of DSLR or micro four thirds and a variety of professional lenses, of course, but it fits in your pocket, it connects to the internet, and it can capture all the many moments that are most important to you. That why, whether you're shooting pictures of sunsets or sports cars, family or friends, pets or national parks, you want to get the best iPhone photos possible. Enter iMore's ultimate photography guide!

Here's where we're collecting together all of our very best camera tips and tricks in one convenient, highly-bookmarkable place. We'll continue to expand this guide to include even more awesome iPhone photography tutorials, but here's everything you need to know to get started.

Note: If you're using an iPod touch or iPad, the concepts and methods are all the same, so please follow along as well!

How to use Camera for iPhone and iPad: The ultimate guide

How to use Camera for iPhone and iPad: The ultimate guide

If the iPhone — or iPod touch or iPad — is the best camera you have with you, the the Camera app has to be one of the best, and most important apps on your device. With it, you can capture those magic moments with your family and friends, at work or at play, at home or on vacation, in your backyard or atop a mountain halfway around the world. From front- to rear-facing, still photos regular, square, or panoramic, to video and slow motion video, with built in high dynamic range (HDR), burst mode, filters, and more, the Camera app has a ton of functionality and options. Here's how to get started

How to use the 'rule of thirds' to take more striking photos with your iPhone

How to use the 'rule of thirds' to take more striking photos with your iPhone

It takes more than just a great camera or lens to produce great photography. One of the most important, yet most difficult, elements in creating great photographs is composition - where your subject is placed and how it's related to its surroundings. A great starting point for developing composition is to understand the rule of "thirds".

How to make your iPhone photographs more powerful with negative space

How to make your iPhone photographs more powerful with negative space

The placement of your subject or subjects is incredibly important when it comes to creating powerful iPhone photo compositions, but just as important is everything around and between them — the negative space. Once you've experimented with the rule of thirds, it's time o explore that other two thirds, how it defines the forms, leads the eye, and helps create more balanced, more visually interesting work.

How to take amazing macros with your iPhone

Once you're feeling comfortable with the rule of thirds and negative space, it's time to get up close and personal. Life is full of small, interesting things -- a flower, an insect, your newborn's tiny toes -- and these things make for great photography. Macro photography to be precise.

Macros aren't zoomed in -- you actually have to bring the lens really close to your subject and focus on what you want to capture. That's why the keys to good macro photography, even on an iPhone, are becoming familiar with the focus distance of your lens and nailing that focus, light, composition. That's what will really make your photos stand out.

How to take stunning panoramas with your iPhone

How to create stunning panoramic photographs with your iPhone

With your iPhone you have one of the best 4:3 compact cameras in the world, but what happens when the world you want to capture isn't 4:3? What happens when you come across a gorgeous scene -- the Golden Gate bridge at sunset, the Manhattan skyline at dawn, the crystal-clear island beach, the magnificent Old Port architecture, the rally that's filling the campus? You can still take a photo, or several photos, of part of it, but nothing can really compare to capturing the full breadth and majesty of such an image all in one shot.

When wide-angle isn't wide enough, enter the panorama.

How to take awesome HDR photos with your iPhone

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range and refers to a scene that includes both bright and dark elements -- the sun, reflecting off water, with deep shadows in the tree lines, or a regularly lit person standing against the glare of an open window. HDR photography refers to taking photographs of such scenes. Unlike the human eye, however, camera sensors need a little extra help to get that done. Fortunately, the iPhone comes with a built-in HDR setting, and with it you can add a lot of highs, and a ton of range, to make your photos more dynamically awesome than ever.

How to take great looking portraits with your iPhone

We love to take pictures of the people we love. It's one of the primary reasons we buy cameras, and it's one of the primary reasons we use our iPhone camera. Our friends, our families, our children -- whether it's for something special like a card or graduation, an event like a trip, a party or, or family get-together, or just a chance encounter, we always have our iPhone with us so we can always grab that perfect portrait of that important person.

But how do you take a great looking portrait with your iPhone? Lighting, camera level, pose, and composition all play a role.

How to take fantastic photos of your kids with your iPhone

How to take great photos of your kids with your iPhone

If you have children, you probably take more photos of them with your iPhone than anything else. Everything that you've already learned about taking great portraits applies to taking great portraits of children, like light, camera level, and catchlights. But when it comes to taking the absolute best possible iPhone photos of your little ones, there are some additional tricks and techniques pay attention to as well.

How to make sure you capture unexpected photos of your kids with your iPhone

How to successfully capture serendipitous photos of your kids with your iPhone

The iPhone is the best camera most of us have with us most of the time, and that includes those times when kids do the most amazing, the most outlandish, and the most unexpected things. Making sure you can capture those serendipitous moments as quickly, easily, and beautifully as possible is something Apple has spent a lot of time on. Both the iSight hardware and Camera software are specifically designed to do just that. When it comes to taking great photos of your children, grandchildren, nephews, and nieces, and family friends, there are several ways to make sure the best camera captures the best photo possible!

How to take dreamy photos of your newborn baby with your iPhone

How to take dreamy photos of your newborn with your iPhone

Babies equal photos. It's really just that simple. Nothing sells more cameras or generates more images than a newborn baby. Whether it's yours, your family's, or your friend's, the moment we a baby our fingers fly to the shutter. Babies are the celebrities of our lives and we all want the best possible photos of them we can get. Now you may have seen especially dreamy photos of babies in galleries or on the web and wished you could capture similar images of the baby in your life. Well, you can! All you need is your iPhone, the right tools, and the proper techniques!

How to take irresistible photos of your pets with your iPhone

How to take irresistible photos of your pets with your iPhone

If you don't have kids, your iPhone Camera Roll is probably filled with pictures of your pets. If you do have kids, your iPhone Camera Roll is probably filled with pictures of your kids with your pets. That means, unless you don't have pets at all, you'll want to take absolutely the best pictures you can of them. Not surprisingly, a lot of the iPhoneography techniques we've covered previously also applies to pets, but there are some specific things to keep in mind -- and in frame!

How to take spectacular photos of your car with your iPhone

Is your car your pride and joy? Do you regularly dedicate hours of your time to washing and detailing your beautiful vehicle? Have you secretly dreamed of hiring a photographer to take professional photographs of your most prized possession? Then you'll want to get the most spectacular photos possible of your car. You just need to keep a few simple things, like presentation, placement, angles, and details in mind.

How darken and add drama to your iPhone photography with iPhoto

The digital darkroom: how to use iPhoto to darken specific areas of your photo

It's always worth capturing the best possible photo you can with your camera. Thanks to photo editing apps like iPhoto, however, when and if something goes wrong -- the framing is a little off, the white balance or exposure isn't perfect, the levels just don't look right -- there's a lot you can do to fix it.

How to polish and perfect your iPhone portraits with iPhoto

How to edit portraits with iPhoto for iPhone and iPad

Whether its family or friends, or even your own self-portrait destined for your social profile, everyone always wants to look as good as possible -- better than reality even. Cousin Judy may untag herself if she sees even one unsightly blemish on her skin. Best friend Tim may complain endlessly if he thinks he looks too pale. And if there's so much as a wrinkle around your own eyes... The good news is that in just a matter of minutes, you can turn those not-so-hot photos into portraits you can't wait to show off!

How to get more help with iPhone photography

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iPhone photography: The ultimate guide

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We're huge fans of your entire photography series, and many of your tips can be used to improve photography with any camera, iPhone or point-and-shoot or DSLR. Thanks for your hard work!

I thought I would glance at the articles yesterday, and I ended up bookmarking them for use as a reference tool. I can grasp the ideas behind what I am supposed to be doing after reading your articles. Complex concepts written in a way the non-photographer can understand! Thank you.

Just read this article.

I would like to know whether or not you have printed any photos from your iPhone or iPad?

If so, then what was the maximum size that you were able to print that shows fine detail and sharpness? Are the resulting photos that you printed large enough to frame and put above a fireplace mantle, for example?

You suggest Macro-photography, but how close can you get, showing fine detail? Then what size can you enlarge that photo to?

Take a look here, (http://cassidyphotography.net/my-opinion) of a small lavender flower measuring no more than 5mm or 3/16" across, taken with an iPhone camera, then enlarged. Compare it to the photo taken with a professional Nikon or Canon dslr camera, or even a consumer-grade variant with a larger CCD (sensor).

I agree, I have seen some stunning photos taken with an iPhone, that look great on an iPhone, but try to make a wall-sized print out of those award winners.

Just trying to clear the muddy water and hype.