The Apps that Make iPhotos Shine

During the last few weeks I have been running a series on iPhotography. Specifically in regards to the tool set I use to capture landscapes with my iPhone. You can catch the intro and links to the rest of the articles here:

Today we are going to talk about photography apps that simulate DSLR functions. As you probably already know we don’t have the same control over the iPhones camera as you do with a DSLR. Most noticeably the shutter speed or aperture (i.e. the opening that lets light into the camera and thus hits the image sensor or film). To account for this some very clever people have done this for us via software or as we like tobcall them Apps.

For the last four weeks I have exclusively been using two iPhone Apps for all my iPhontograhy. I found them the best at what they do.


The first is ‘Pro HDR X’. HDR or ‘High-dynamic-range’ is not something new to photography and has been around since the 1850’s. The basic principle behind producing a HDR image is to take multiple photos of the same scene and use the past parts of each to produce the final product. In a digital world this usually means taking a number of photos and then going through each pixel by pixel and picking out the best based on a developed algorithm.

To show this process in action and the benefits of using HDR I have included two photos below taken in the same location within minutes of each other. The first is using the standard iPhone Camera App and the second is using the ‘Pro HDR X’ App. The difference between the two photos is significant.



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A Compact Tripod with a Grip

Hopefully you’ve been following my current series on iPhotography.  If you haven’t you can find the opening post here:

If you don’t have time to read the rest of my posts – basically I’ve been systematically outlining each bit of my iPhotography kit that I’ve been using to capture some great shots like the one below.


One of the most important bits of gear in a photographers arsenal is his tripod.  This doesn’t change for the iPhone photographer as many of the apps and features we use require a dead steady support.  This is most important when using HDR and slow shutter speed apps such as “Pro HDR X” and “SlowShutter” – for more info on these apps and the other apps I use have a gander at the following post (well……….once I’ve written it :-).) Continue reading…


Looking for a New Lens……..for my iPhone??

If you haven’t already read my opening iPhotography post ( I recommend you do before reading on.  If you don’t have time or need a bit of a recap – I’m going through all the components of my iPhone photography kit that I have assembled so far –  starting with the lens kit.

So, the iPhones built-in lens is usually more than adequate for everyday fun snaps.  The iPhone 6 spec sheet says it has an 8-megapixel iSight camera with 1.5µ pixels, ƒ/2.2 aperture and Five-element lens.  What the hell does that mean to us? basically all this fancy talk means that the your iPhone has the equivalent focal length of about 30mm and its a great piece of kit for taking digital snaps.

Most DSLR cameras theres days come with an 18mm to 55mm adjustable zoom lens – so the 30mm focal length of the iPhone fits nicely in the middle and suits most situations.  If like me however, you want to go to the next level and take some landscape or macro photos.  You are going to want to have a bit more focal length flexibility.  So how can we achieve this with our phone?

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