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Our Top 10 Apple iPhone Photo Tips For Beginners


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

We Use and Recommend the Apple Native Camera Appfor Apple iPhone Photography. It does a very good job thanks to Smart HDR, Macro Mode and Live View.

For Long Exposure Photography, we use ReeXpose for RAW Long Exposure Photography.

We don’t use Apple Camera for Video.

Moment iPhone Case

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10 Things To Check Before Leaving The Studio


1) Apple iPhone with Moment Safety Nylon Wrist Strap.

2) Zeiss Lens Wipes and / or MagicFiber Cleaning Cloths.

3) Moment Lens Cleaning Pen.

4) IOS Remote Control with Spare CR2016 Batteries.

5) 10,000 mAh 20W USB-C Power Bank.

6) Apple Watch For Remote Viewing.

7) Monopod and / or Tripod with Smartphone Clamp.

8) White Balance Card.

9) Bens Deet Wipes and Alcohol Wipes For Cleanup.

10) Business Cards. You never know who you will meet out on the trail.

Manfrotto Befree Tripod

Top 10 Apple iPhone Photo Tips For Beginners


1) Check Apple iPhone Battery Level and Storage Space before leaving the Studio. Carry 10,000 mAh 20W USB-C Power Banks for Quick Recharging of the Apple iPhone.

2) Clean your Apple iPhone Cameras and Lenses before and after every outing. Carry Zeiss Lens Wipes and MagicFiber Cleaning Cloths.

3) 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.

4) Use Manual Focus – Auto Focus takes an average focus of the entire image, but for sharper photos, use Manual Focus. Tap on the screen to focus on an area in the Foreground, Middle Ground or Background. Once focused, you can also manually adjust the exposure on the screen.

5) Use a Sturdy Tripod – Keeping your Apple iPhone perfectly still when taking photos will greatly improve your focus and sharpness. We use and recommend a Manfrotto Befree Tripod with a Manfrotto Ball Head. It can support a Full Size DSLR Camera.

6) 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.

7) Camera Filters – These can be easily added to your Apple iPhone using a Moondog Labs Filter Mount. 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.

8) 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.

9) 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.

10) 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.



How To Photograph Macro Photography

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
Tripod: Use a Smartphone Tripod with an IOS Remote Control
Macro Lighting: Two Side LED Video Lights



How To Photograph Hummingbirds

How To Photograph Hummingbirds On Your Apple iPhone


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



How To Attract Hummingbirds

How To Attract Hummingbirds To Photograph


Plants: Hummingbirds are attracted to a wide variety of flowers, mainly red and orange in color. We plant many hanging baskets of Red Fuchsias, which bloom all summer.

Hummingbird Feeders: We use and recommend the 12 oz. Aspects HummZinger HighView Hummingbird Feeder, which had no center bottle, making it easier to photograph hummingbirds. It is made from strong Polycarbonate, not cheap plastic (avoid cheap imitations). This High Quality Hummingbird Feeder is made in the USA and has a Lifetime Guarantee against defects or damage.



How To Photograph Landscapes

How To Photograph Landscapes On Your Apple iPhone


Camera: Apple iPhone 13 Pro
Camera App: Moment Pro Camera
Lens Attached: Moment 2x Lens
Lens: Wide 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



How To Photograph Astrophotography

How To Photograph Astrophotography On Your Apple iPhone


Camera: Apple iPhone 13 Pro
Camera App: ReeXpose Slow Shutter – Light Trails
Lens: Wide 26mm ƒ/1.5 (19 Seconds Shutter Speed)
ISO: ISO 2000
Photo Format: RAW
Shutter Speed: Bulb Mode – 1 Second
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



How To Photograph Fireworks

How To Photograph Fireworks On Your Apple iPhone


Camera: Apple iPhone 13 Pro
Camera App: ReeXpose Slow Shutter – Light Trails
Lens: Wide 26mm ƒ/1.5 (10–15 Seconds Shutter Speed)
ISO: ISO 50
Photo Format: RAW
Shutter Speed: Bulb Mode – 1 Second
Fast Shooting: Off
Image Stabilization: Off
Filter: Moment 52mm Variable ND Filter
Filter Mount: Moondog Labs 52mm Filter Mount
Tripod: Use a Smartphone Tripod with an IOS Remote Control
Headlights: Wear Red LED Headlights.



How To Photograph Waterfalls

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



How To Photograph Macro Wildlife

How To Photograph Macro Wildlife On Your Apple iPhone


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



How To Photograph Travel

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



How To Photograph Sunrises

How To Photograph Sunrises 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
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.

How To Photograph Timelapse Sunrise Videos On Your Apple iPhone

Leave Everything in Automatic, as the Exposure will Change over Time.
Focus: 0.80 Manual Focus



How To Photograph Sunsets

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
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 Sunset.

How To Photograph Timelapse Sunset Videos On Your Apple iPhone

Leave Everything in Automatic, as the Exposure will Change over Time.
Focus: 0.80 Manual Focus



How To Photograph Lightning

How To Photograph Lightning On Your Apple iPhone


Camera: Apple iPhone 13 Pro
Camera App: Apple Camera – HDR Enabled – Live Photo Enabled
Lens Attached: None
Lens: Wide 26mm ƒ/1.5
Filter: Moment 67mm Circular Polarizing Filter
Tripod: Use a Smartphone Tripod with an IOS Remote Control
Live View: Shot in Live Photo – Single Frame Pulled Out of Live Photo Sequence.






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