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iPhone Photography Tips: How to Shoot an Overhead Picture

One of my favorite features of the iPhone is the Camera, as well as the Photos app. Before purchasing my first iPhone I didn't take too many photographs at all; it was just too inconvenient to tote around a camera and then upload the photos to my desktop. Now that I've had an iPhone for several …

Mobile Photography

How to Find the ‘Sweet Spot’ of Your Lens for Sharper Photos

When it comes to purchasing a new lens there are two questions that immediately come to mind for me, how much is it and how sharp is it? Now, I know …

Landscape Photography

These Backlit, Macro Photos of Leaves Look Like Lava Landscapes

Turkish macro photographer Can Tunçer recently turned his camera onto ordinary leaves in order to study the details of nature. After back-lighting a …

Mobile Photography

5 Framing Tricks to Help You Capture Better Landscape Photos

Landscape photography is one of the most popular genres of photography and for good reason. A great landscape photo has the power to wow the viewer …

Landscape Photography

Here’s a Simple Hack That Will Turn a Boring Photo into an Awesome One (VIDEO)

This tip from boudoir photographer Michael Sasser is simple and effective. What do you do to make a boring photo into an awesome one? Put something …

Videography

6 Ways to Improve Your Images and Take Better Vacation Photos

Have you ever been on a vacation only to return home disappointed with your images? Many people take pictures while on holiday but find they are …

Cameras

How to take travel photos with just your smartphone

Big cameras mean big features — and trekking to a travel destination with gear heavy enough to put a kink in the neck and extra baggage fees in the …

Mobile Photography

How to use the iPhone camera’s built-in manual controls

For most photos, the iPhone camera proves perfectly adequate. You just hold up your phone, point it, and shoot. The exposure and focus are almost always correct, or at least correct enough. But on occasion, you need to take control.<p>For instance, maybe that beautiful dark blue sky keeps getting …

Mobile Photography

Express Your Selfie: Your Guide to Selfie Basics

It might surprise you to learn that the selfie portrait has a history dating all the way back to 1839 when Robert Cornelius snapped a pic of himself in a full-length mirror. Fortunately, taking a selfie is much easier now than in the days of billows and silver nitrate. Your iPhone is the perfect …

Mobile Photography

Behemoth, bully, thief: how the English language is taking over the planet

No language in history has dominated the world quite like English does today. Is there any point in resisting? By Jacob Mikanowski<p>On 16 May, a lawyer named Aaron Schlossberg was in a New York cafe when he heard several members of staff speaking Spanish. He reacted with immediate fury, threatening …

Language

How to Shoot Clearer, Better Photos with the iPhone

I’ve heard it said over and over again that the best camera is the one you have with you. Honestly, I couldn’t agree more. I have an amazing DSLR and yet I find that the majority of my pictures are taken with my iPhone. Unfortunately, our iPhones still struggle in a lot of ways that more advanced …

Mobile Photography

Future iPhones may pack moving camera sensors for external lenses

A lens attachment can extend the view of your native iPhone camera. It can also botch an otherwise nice image if not attached properly.<p>Apple is suggesting hardware and software changes to the iPhone and iPad camera systems that can reduce operator error and aid an extra lens in delivering that …

Mobile Photography

8 Tips for Faster Image Editing in Lightroom (AKA the Anti-Editing Tutorial)

If you’re like most serious photographers, you probably spend a lot of time in Lightroom. Maybe too much time. For professional boudoir photographer …

Tutorials

This Feature In Lightroom 2018 Will Make Your Pics Look So Professional & I Need It

It's easier than ever to snap photos right from the smartphone you have on you at all times, but do you ever wish that you could enhance your pics a …

Tutorials

We compared Moment, the app that gives your phone camera DSLR-like controls, to Apple's native Camera app — here's how they stack up

That's where the Moment app is supposed to come in. It promises DSLR-like control over the iPhone's camera, allowing you to control things like focus, shutter speed, ISO, and white balance, without the phone making those decisions for you. It also requires a one-time purchase of $2.99 to use the …

Mobile Photography

Sony announces world’s highest-resolution image sensor for phone cameras

Sony’s smartphone division continues to turn in unimpressive performance, but the company remains the market leader in image sensors. Its latest stacked CMOS design, the IMX586, promises a leap in image quality by dramatically increasing the resolution to 48 effective megapixels (8000 x 6000), …

Cameras

3 Advanced Photographic Composition Techniques That You Probably Don't Know

Photographic composition is a topic that usually begins with discussions about the rule of thirds and golden section and ends with people's eyes …

Landscape Photography

Learning To Use Lightroom 2018 Has Totally Upped My Instagram Game

When Kendrick Lamar says that he's "so sick and tired of the Photoshop," I like to think he's not calling me out intentionally. I hate to admit it, …

Tutorials

VSCO Pro Tips for Editing Summer Photos

Summer vacation means a lot of things: hanging out with friends, going to the beach and pool, and taking lots and lots of photos to document your time off from school. But in an age where "pics or it didn't happen" is basically the golden rule, we're all trying to make sure that our summer snaps …

Mobile Photography

6 Must-Know Composition Tips To Improve Your iPhone Landscapes

1. Include An Interesting Focal Point<p>When you look at a scene with your eyes, you’re taking in the whole experience. You can move your head, listen …

iPhone

How to Create a More Interesting Photo

If you aren't satisfied with how your photos are turning out, there are a ton of really easy things you can do to change things up.In fact, there are …

Landscape Photography

Best add-on lenses for your iPhone

For a huge percentage of mobile photographers — from amateur snappers to creative artists — the iPhone is the camera you always have with you. Every iPhone packs an undeniably great camera. But, as with DSLRs or mirrorless cams, the more you shoot, the more variety you crave.<p>Swapping out lenses at …

Mobile Photography

7 Tips for Taking Great Cloud Photos

If you love outdoor photography, then you will know there are few things as beautiful as having clouds in your pictures. When done correctly, your …

Landscape Photography

6 Reasons Why You Should Be a Macro Photographer

Maybe you’re a beginner, just got your first camera, and you’re trying to learn to navigate the world of photography. Or you’ve been photographing …

Macro Photography

16 Easy Camera Hacks That Will Turn You Into An Expert in Photography

In an era where anyone with a smartphone can capture and share beautiful photography it’s difficult for any photographer to stand out from the crowd, …

Hacking

“Google Was Not a Normal Place”: Brin, Page, and Mayer on the Accidental Birth of the Company that Changed Everything

A behind-the-scenes account of the most important company on the Internet, from grad-school all-nighters, space tethers, and Burning Man to the “eigenvector of a matrix,” humongous wealth, and extraordinary power.<p>In 1996, as the World Wide Web was taking off, <b>Larry Page</b> and <b>Sergey Brin</b> watched from …

Silicon Valley

Frinton on sea beach Photo by Akanjee Nizam — National Geographic Your Shot

Ultimate Apple Watch Guide

Getting a new Apple Watch? Skip the learning curve and get step-by-step video instructions with iPhone Life Insider’s latest guide: Getting Started with Apple Watch. In this eight-part series, you’ll gain confidence in using all of the basic features of your Apple Watch. This in-depth video guide …

Here’s How to Do Full Body Retouching of Swimsuit Photos Using Photoshop (Video Tutorial)

How does swimwear photographer Anita Sadowska do it? That’s the question we ask again and again while checking out her jaw-dropping swimsuit …

Tutorials