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

The iPhone has often been called the "best camera" because it's the one most of us have with us most of the time. But 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".

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

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Weekly Photo Contest: Black & white

Photo submission by HankAZ

This week's theme is Black & White! Interpret it as you will, and have some fun with it! It's a pretty broad theme, and lots of room for different perspectives, so take your best shot and maybe you'll be the winner next week!

The contest begins now and ends Tuesday, July 29th at 6 p.m. Eastern time. Good luck!

It's also time to announce the winner of our last photo contest! And the winner is...

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How to make sure you capture unexpected 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!

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Weekly photo contest: Landmarks!

There are thousands, maybe even millions, of landmarks scattered throughout the world. Some of them have historical impact while others are simply amazing feats of engineering. You may pass some of them on a regular basis while others you may visit on travels. That's your task this week, submit an amazing photo of a landmark you personally have seen and find awesome. The photo can be old or new, but it has to have been taken and edited only with an iPhone or iPad.

The contest begins today and ends Tuesday, July 22nd at 6 p.m. Eastern time. Good luck!

It's also time to announce the winners of our last photo contest! And the winner is...

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Weekly photo contest: Perspective!

How we take a photo can dramatically alter the resulting image. Sometimes simply snapping something from a different angle can make an okay photo an amazing one. When looking at building, landscapes, and other subjects, it really is all about perspective. This week we want you to go out and look at things a little differently. Try experimenting with different angles and styles. You may be surprised what you come up with!

The contest begins today and ends Tuesday, July 15th at 6 p.m. Eastern time. Good luck!

It's also time to announce the winners of our last photo contest! And the winner is...

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Weekly photo contest: Sports!

Professional sports are one of the most photographed activities on the planet. With the World Cup currently going on, we figured what a better time to get you guys out taking some action shots than now? The best part is you don't have to be a sports photographer to grab an amazing shot at a game or while shooting some hoops with friends. Any sport is fair game too so get out there and snap something amazing!

The contest begins today and ends Tuesday, July 8th at 6 p.m. Eastern time. Good luck!

It's also time to announce the winners of our last photo contest! And the winner is...

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Weekly photo contest: Coffee!

Coffee is a cultural staple in almost every country. Almost everywhere you turn there are coffee shops lining every block. Great conversation and great ideas often come from coffee time with friends, or even when we are alone with our thoughts. So that's the topic of this week's photo contest, coffee. Make it artistic or make it a portrait, the choice is up to you, but be sure you submit your best work!

The contest begins today and ends Tuesday, July 1st at 6 p.m. Eastern time. Good luck!

It's also time to announce the winners of our last photo contest! And the winner is...

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Weekly photo contest: Transit!

Odds are you've been on a train, plane, bus, or some other kind of transit before. For many of us, it's a daily part of how we get from point A to point B. Transit systems and the people that use them can make for amazing photographs as well. So your task this week is to grab an amazing shot with the subject being some kind of public transit. Perhaps it's an interesting person you met on the subway, or a dark tunnel with a train emerging. The choice is yours, just be sure you submit your best work!

The contest begins today and ends Tuesday, June 24th at 6 p.m. Eastern time. Good luck!

It's also time to announce the winners of our last photo contest! And the winner is...

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Weekly photo contest: Clouds!

When shooting a photo outside, we quickly realize how important of a role the sky plays in how our picture turns out. Clouds are a huge part of that landscape and sometimes their presence can make or break a great photo opportunity. That's your task this week! Find a photo that you've taken — or snap a new one — that just wouldn't be the same without clouds in the sky.

The contest begins today and ends Tuesday, June 17th at 6 p.m. Eastern time. Good luck!

It's also time to announce the winners of our last photo contest! And the winners are...

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Here are the 2014 iPhone Photography Award winners!

The iPhone Photography Awards celebrate excellence in iPhoneography — the best shots taken with the best camera we all have with us. The 2014 winning photographs have been announced, and they include amazing work from Julio Lucas of Florida, Jose Luis Barcia Fernandez of Madrid, and Jill Missner of Connecticut. The winner, Lucas, said of his work:

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