Our Top 10 Apple iPhone Photo Tips For Beginners

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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 App for 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.


Check List – 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.

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 (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.

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.

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Macro Photography Tips

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How To Photograph Macro Photography On Your Apple iPhone

Camera: Apple iPhone 13 Pro
Camera App: Apple Camera – Macro Mode Enabled
Lens: Wide 26mm ƒ/1.5
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 TipsThe 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

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How To Photograph Hummingbirds On Your Apple iPhone

Camera: Apple iPhone 13 Pro
Camera App: Moment Pro Camera
Lens: Wide 26mm ƒ/1.5 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 TipsRemote 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.

How To Attract Hummingbirds

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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.

Apple iPhone Camera TipsSimple No Mess Hummingbird Nectar – Take 1 bottle of bottled water. Remove 20%. Fill the bottle back up with white table sugar and refrigerate. Remember to Clean and Refill your Hummingbird Feeder twice a week.

Landscape Photography Tips

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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 26mm ƒ/1.5 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

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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

Apple iPhone Camera Tips500 Rule For iPhone Astrophotography – Shutter Speed = 500 / Focal Length.

Fireworks Photography Tips

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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.

Apple iPhone Camera TipsSturdy Tripod – Fireworks Photography and Long Exposure Photographyrequires the use of a Sturdy Tripod. We also recommend using an IOS Remote Control or Apple Watch.

Waterfalls Photography Tips

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How To Photograph Waterfalls On Your Apple iPhone

Camera: Apple iPhone 13 Pro
Camera App: Moment Pro Camera – Slow Shutter Mode
Lens: Wide 26mm ƒ/1.5
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 TipsShoot 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

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How To Photograph Wildlife On Your Apple iPhone

Camera: Apple iPhone 13 Pro
Camera App: Moment Pro Camera
Lens: Ultra Wide 13mm ƒ/1.8
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 TipsFast 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

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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 26mm ƒ/1.5
Filter: Moment 67mm Circular Polarizing Filter
Filter Mount: Moment 67mm Filter Mount
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Apple iPhone Camera TipsTry 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

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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 26mm ƒ/1.5
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

Sunset Photography Tips

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How To Photograph Sunsets On Your Apple iPhone

Camera: Apple iPhone 13 Pro
Camera App: Apple Camera – HDR Enabled – LiveView Enabled
Lens Attached: Moment 2x Lens
Lens: Wide 26mm ƒ/1.5
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.

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

Lightning Photography Tips

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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.

Apple iPhone Camera TipsLive Photo – This Amazing Split Second Lightning Photography would not be possible if Live Photo was not enabled. The lightning strike happened in a split second. This photo was pulled from a Live Photo Sequence.

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