Apple iPhone Photo Tips and Techniques

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Apple iPhone Photo Tips and Techniques
Apple iPhone Photo Tips and Techniques

Apple iPhone Photo Tips and Techniques For Beginners

Blue Ridge Media Explains Our Best Apple iPhone Camera Photo Tips and Techniques For Beginners.

We often get asked “What do I need to start shooting Better Looking Photos on my Apple iPhone?”

The Apple Camera App does a very good job at Apple iPhone Photography, thanks to Smart HDR, Macro Mode and Live View. We don’t use Apple Camera for Video. We recommend Moment Pro Camera for Slow and High Shutter Speed Photography and with Moment Anamorphic Lenses.

Apple iPhone Photo Tips and Techniques

Here are Our Best Apple iPhone Photo Tips and Techniques to Shoot Better Looking Photos On Your Apple iPhone:

• Camera Filters – These can be easily added to your Apple iPhone using a Moondog Labs Filter Mount (Photo: Left). Circular Polarizing Filters can help reduce reflections on wet surfaces. Variable ND Filters are required for Long Exposures (1/2 S –2 S), such as smoothing a Waterfall, Lake or Stream. Camera Filters can be added to your Apple iPhone using a Moondog Labs Filter Mount. We recommend Moment 52mm Filters over the Moondog Labs Filter Mount and Moment 67mm Filters over the Moment Filter Mount, when shooting with Moment Lenses.

• Better Composition – Ever wonder why some photos look better than others? Composition is key! Try to use Grids and incorporate the Foreground, Midground and Background into your photos using the Rule of 3rds or the Golden Ratio.

• Focus On Your Subject – What is the subject of your Photo? Use Leading Lines to help draw a person into your photograph towards the subject.

• Apple iPhone Tripod with IOS Remote Control – Keep the camera very still when taking a photo. Shutter Speeds can often drop below 1/60th of a second, resulting in blurry hand held photos. Use an iPhone Tripod and Clamp (Photo: Left), plus an IOS Remote Control. Don’t bump or shake the Apple iPhone while shooting. For TimeLapses and Slow Shutter Shots, such as Waterfalls, Lakes and Streams, always use an Apple iPhone Tripod and an IOS Remote Control.

• Use Grids For Level Horizons – There’s nothing worse than a Landscape Photography with a Tilted Horizon. To get the Best Level Horizons, turn on the Grid Option. We recommend the Rule of 3rd Grid and the Golden Ratio.

• Aspect Ratios – If you know the Aspect Ratio for your final Photo, say a 10” x 8” Print for a Photography Contest, shoot in 5:4 Aspect Radio. This will aid in your Composition and the Rule of 3rds Grid will line up correctly, plus you won't have to crop off the sides. Try using an Anamorphic Lens for a Wide Panorama Look.

• Use Manual Focus – Auto Focus takes an average focus of the entire image, but for sharper photos, use Manual Focus. Tap on the Apple iPhone screen to focus on an area in the Foreground, Middle Ground or Background. Once correctly focused, you can also manually adjust the exposure on the screen. Turn on Focus Peaking when Available.

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Apple iPhone Camera Tips and TutorialsAd • Apple Watch – Got an Apple Watch? Did you know that you can use your Apple Watch to Remote Monitor and Remote Control your Apple iPhone? Apple Camera, Moment Pro Camera and FiLMiC Pro support Remote Monitoring and Remote Control using your Apple Watch.

Macro Photography Tips and Techniques

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Learn How To Photograph Macro Photography On Your Apple iPhone

Camera: Apple iPhone 13 Pro
Camera App: Apple Camera – Macro Mode Enabled
Lens: Wide
Photo Format: JPG
Filter: Moment 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter
Remote Control: Use an IOS Remote Control
Macro Lighting: Two Side LED Video Lights
Tripod: Use a Smartphone Tripod with an IOS Remote Control

Apple iPhone Camera Tips and TutorialsThe Morning Dew Effect for Macro Photography – We recommend a Mix is 1 Part Glycerin to 2 Parts Water, and spray it using these 5” Fine Misters onto the Macro Subject. Glycerin is plant based and won’t harm plants or insects. Unlike Water, Glucerin sticks to the Macro Subject a bit longer and reflects better. Works great for spyder webs!

Hummingbird Photography Tips and Techniques

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Camera: Apple iPhone 13 Pro
Camera App: Moment Pro Camera
Lens: Wide Lens with Moment 2x Lens Attached
Shutter Speed: 1/8000th (Fast Enough To Freeze Hummingbird Wings)
Photo Format: JPG
Filter: Moment 67mm Circular Polarizing Filter
Filter Mount: Moment 67mm Filter Mount
Tripod: Use a Smartphone Tripod with an IOS Remote Control in Burst Mode

Apple iPhone Camera Tips and TutorialsRemote Shutter Control – If there was one reason for using a Remote Shutter Control it would be for Hummingbird Photography. These Tiny Hummers spook very easily, so you need to position your Apple iPhone close to their feeder, but remotely control the Apple iPhone Camera at a distance using an IOS Remote Control or Apple Watch.

Landscape Photography Tips and Techniques

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Camera: Apple iPhone 13 Pro
Camera App: Moment Pro Camera
Lens Attached: Moment 2x Lens
Lens: Wide Lens with Moment 2x Lens Attached
Photo Format: JPG
Filter: Moment 67mm Circular Polarizing Filter
Filter Mount: Moment 67mm Filter Mount
Tripod: Use a Smartphone Tripod with an IOS Remote Control

Astrophotography Tips and Techniques

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Learn How To Photograph The Milky Way On Your Apple iPhone

Camera: Apple iPhone 13 Pro
Camera App: Moment Pro Camera – Slow Shutter Mode
Lens: Ultra Wide
ISO: ISO 2000
Shutter Speed: 30 Seconds (Don’t go past 30 seconds or you will get star streaks)
Fast Shooting: Off
Image Stabilization: Off
Filter: HOYA 52mm Starscape Filter – Didymium Filter Reduces Urban Light Pollution
Filter Mount: Moondog Labs 52mm Filter Mount
Tripod: Use a Smartphone Tripod with an IOS Remote Control
Headlights: Wear Red LED Headlights.
Location Assist: We use the PhotoPills App

Apple iPhone Camera Tips and TutorialsPhotoPills App – Ever wonder how some Photographers turn the Sun, Moon and Milky Way into the most amazing photographs? Start shooting truly legendary photos every time you pick up your Apple iPhone Camera with the PhotoPills App! You’ll know where to stand, what direction to look and on what date and time.

Waterfalls Photography Tips and Techniques

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Learn How To Photograph Waterfalls On Your Apple iPhone

Camera: Apple iPhone 13 Pro
Camera App: Moment Pro Camera – Slow Shutter Mode
Lens: Wide
Shutter Speed: 1/2 S to 2 S (Slow Enough To Blur Waterfalls)
Photo Format: JPG
Filter: Moment 52mm Variable ND Filter
Filter Mount: Moondog Labs 52mm Filter Mount
Tripod: Use a Smartphone Tripod with an IOS Remote Control

Apple iPhone Camera Tips and TutorialsShoot Dreamy Smooth Waterfalls – Want to create dreamy smooth Waterfalls, Rivers and Lakes? You’ll need to mount your Apple iPhone on a Smartphone Tripod and use an IOS Remote Control. Set your shutter speed from 1/2 S to 2 Seconds. Use a Variable ND Filter to avoid Over Exposures.

Wildlife Photography Tips and Techniques

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Camera: Apple iPhone 13 Pro
Camera App: Moment Pro Camera
Lens: Ultra Wide
Shutter Speed: 1/2000th (Fast Enough To Freeze Any Action)
Filter: Moment 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter
Filter Mount: Moondog Labs 52mm Filter Mount
Remote Control: Use an IOS Remote Control in Burst Mode


Apple iPhone Camera Tips and TutorialsFast Action Wildlife Photography – When shooting wildlife on your Apple iPhone, keep your shutter speed at around 1/2000th of a Second and be ready for any action. This will allow you to capture and freeze fast flying birds. Shoot in Burst Mode so that you can pick out the best action shot.

Travel Photography Tips and Techniques

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Learn How To Photograph Travel On Your Apple iPhone

Camera: Apple iPhone 13 Pro
Camera App: Moment Pro Camera
Lens Attached: Moment 2x Lens
Lens: Wide
Filter: Moment 67mm Circular Polarizing Filter
Filter Mount: Moment 67mm Filter Mount
Travel Light – Pack Only What You Need which fits into your Pocket or Small Sling Bag


Apple iPhone Camera Tips and TutorialsTry To Blend In – When traveling in foreign countries, try not to stand out like a Photographer. Everyone these days carries a smartphone, so we often just carry a Moment 2x Lens in our pocket, when we need to extend our camera’s range. The Moment 2x Lens can extend the Telephoto Camera on the iPhone 13 Pro up to 144mm.

Sunrise Photography Tips and Techniques

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Camera: Apple iPhone 13 Pro
Camera App: Apple Camera – HDR Enabled
Lens Attached: Moment 2x Lens
Lens: Wide
Filter: Moment 67mm Circular Polarizing Filter
Filter Mount: Moment 67mm Filter Mount
Tripod: Use a Smartphone Tripod with an IOS Remote Control
Headlights: Wear Red LED Headlights. Setup 30 minutes before Sunrise.

Sunset Photography Tips and Techniques

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Learn How To Photograph Sunsets On Your Apple iPhone

Camera: Apple iPhone 13 Pro
Camera App: Apple Camera – HDR Enabled
Lens Attached: Moment 2x Lens
Lens: Wide
Filter: Moment 67mm Circular Polarizing Filter
Tripod: Use a Smartphone Tripod with an IOS Remote Control
Headlights: Wear Red LED Headlights. Setup 30 minutes before Sunset.

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