How To Use iPhone 4S Photo Apps And Take Great Pictures In Four Easy Steps

I take a lot of pictures with my iPhone 4s. I used to carry around a real camera, but since I’m not a serious photographer like my friend Keely, I’ve opted for a more practical approach… my iPhone.

What’s amazing is the iPhone 4s camera is actually really good. Once you learn how you to adjust the lighting with the use of the focus option then the rest is in the eye of the beholder.

NOTE: ALL of the photos I post online are taken with my iPhone 4s.

For the camera geek in you, there are some really cool apps that replicate old camera models, which can be very fun to use. Hipstamatic and PictureShow are cool for this. I’m sure there are others, but I haven’t found the time to dive into all of them yet.

For the social networker in you, Instagram is my favorite app for sharing my photos online. I used to do this with Posterous, but the fact is… Instagram is easier and the engagement between friends is much more fulfilling for me. I’m also a fan of Foodspotting. If you like taking pictures of your food then this is your app and tribe. Take photo of said food, Post photo of said food on Foodspotting, Eat said food. Easy.

I like to kept it simple. You have to figure out what this is for you, but my four suggestions are as follows:

  1. I take all my photos with the camera for the iPhone 4s.
  2. I always have the HDR (High Dynamic Range) setting on. When HDR is on it will take two pictures. One with the original lightening and one with an enhanced view. This allows you to get a better shot in low light conditions without using the flash or over exposed lightening conditions. The flash on my iPhone is a joke. I never use it.
  3. Once I’ve taken the photo, I decided if I want to touch it up a bit. I go an app called Snapseed. It’s amazing and easy to use. Photoshop has an app now too but I like Snapseed so much that I haven’t even messed with anything else.
  4. Once I have fixed my photos, it’s ready to send out to you. I’ve always been a big fan of twitpic but I was looking for something that would post the picture well in facebook as well as anywhere else I wanted it to go online with only sending it out once.
I edited this photo using Snapseed.
I edited this photo using Snapseed.

This is one of the reasons Instagram is so easy… I can tweet out pics from Instagram as well as send them to my blog and Facebook.

Again… really simple to set up and easy to do. Take picture, (fix picture if needed), send picture out through Instagram. 

Now… the most fun camera app I have though is 360Panorama. It’s just what you think it is and is fun to learn how to use. You can shoot a full 360 view or a really cool panoramic.

Photos taken with 360 Panorama

So that’s what I do. It’s easy, fun and works well for me.

How about you? What cool camera/photo apps do you use? What works well for you?

Disclaimer

The views expressed here are those of a personal nature and do not reflect the corporate view of my employer or anyone else who employee my services.
  • marie

    Thanks for the post, I'm the same even I have a real camera I use my Iphone all the time to take photos, but I still have the 3G and I want to upgrade to 4 asap!

    • http://www.spencesmith.com Spence Smith

      oh. the iphone 4 camera is so much better than the 3. I was amazed. You will love it!

    • http://www.spencesmith.com Spence Smith

      oh. the iphone 4 camera is so much better than the 3. I was amazed. You will love it!

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  • http://bluehousephotos.wordpress.com/ Deb Barnett

    these are great tips! Downloading Photogene now…. Thanks Spence!

    • http://www.spencesmith.com Spence Smith

      anytme!

    • http://www.spencesmith.com Spence Smith

      Deb… are you using snapseed yet? you will love it if you aren’t.

  • Danredwing

    Spence, I'm digging your pics! I too have moved pretty much exclusively to the iPhone for everyday photos. 1 other app that I'd recommend is Tiltshiftgen. It has great color/saturation editing capabilities, but the real gem is it's lens babyish focus tricks. It costs a couple bucks but it is pretty rare for one of my photos to be posted online without it. Here is a link to some of mine.
    http://pdxbikecommute.posterous.com/

  • Danredwing

    Spence, I'm digging your pics! I too have moved pretty much exclusively to the iPhone for everyday photos. 1 other app that I'd recommend is Tiltshiftgen. It has great color/saturation editing capabilities, but the real gem is it's lens babyish focus tricks. It costs a couple bucks but it is pretty rare for one of my photos to be posted online without it. Here is a link to some of mine.
    http://pdxbikecommute.posterous.com/

  • Heager

    Gotta love Instagram

    • http://www.spencesmith.com Spence Smith

      Heager… instagram is my favorite app for sure.

  • Ameliab13

    Are the settings different for the iphone and for the ipod touch?

    • http://www.spencesmith.com Spence Smith

      the settings should be the same.

  • michelle

    i’ve always been using instagram but found more great apps for iphone. y’all can check those out here http://darktips.com/5-photo-apps-for-your-iphone/

    • http://www.spencesmith.com Spence Smith

      thanks for this link!

  • http://twitter.com/MarcelFreire Marcel Freire

    One app that I’ve been loving is the VSCO CAM app. I’ve been touching up my photos on it before sending them out to Instagram.

    • http://www.spencesmith.com Spence Smith

      oh now that’s cool to know. I’ll have to check that one out too! Thanks Marcel!

  • gokul

    y this flash in 4s really suckz.i hate that during my photography

    • http://www.spencesmith.com Spence Smith

      agreed. i never ever use the flash.

  • Wendy Cuba-Danca

    Great information. How large can you blog up a iphone photo. I have been using the app Camera+ all summer and the pictures are amazing but not sure about how the quality will hold up once blown up. Do you know?

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