Tips for the iPhoneographer

Here at Chobani, we’re pretty snap happy. We’re no pros at this stuff but we do know how to work with what we have to create awesome images. So, here we are to share some of our tips and let everyone in on the fun with their iPhones!

Tip 1: Composition

Before you experiment with apps and photo editing you want to start with a good photo, so definitely consider composition. Improve the composition of your photo by positioning your subject slightly off-center. This simple technique draws the eye in and makes pictures more interesting. Another trick is to get closer to the subject of the photo, since using zoom will significantly lower the quality. And this way, you’ll really showcase the star of the pic!

Check this photo – the most important aspects are prominently featured.


Tip 2: Use different “lenses”, “films”, and “flashes”

Ever see a photo on Facebook or Instagram and think: no WAY my friend took that photo? Here’s a hint, it was probably filtered BEFORE being added to Instagram (unless they’re actually a professional photog). There are a few great apps in the iTunes store that let you up your photo quality but one of our favorites is Hipstamatic.

This app lets you try different combinations of “lenses”, “films” and “flashes”, all of which give your image a different analog look. Some will give photos a “darker” and “mysterious” feel while other will shine a “warm”, “reddish” tone. With a bit of experimenting, you’ll find some of your favorite effects.

Hipstamatic gives you plenty of choices with the initial purchase but you can always buy additional “packs”, so the combinations for filtering your photos are nearly endless. It also makes sharing your photos on Instagram super easy, so you can be showing off something different in no time. The app is available for $1.99 in the App Store.

Similar apps are Retro Camera Plus, a free option, and CameraBag, at $1.99.


Tip 3: Go all out!

There are times when a regular ‘ol photo just won’t cut it. Luckily, others felt the same way and created a variety of apps with those moments in mind.

One of the best ways of curing the “regular photo blues” is by giving your pic a wide panoramic feel with a fisheye effect, and Fisheye Pro lets you do just that. A steal at $0.99, the app gives you a variety of options for altering the angle and look of fisheye photos. And, you can layer one photo on top of another, which is a whole lotta fun and can make your pics look pretty crazy. You can also look into Snappr, a similar app for $1.99.

If giving your pictures a cartoon feel is more your speed, ToonCamera has you covered. The app gives your photos (and videos!) a cartoon, sketch and crayon look. At $0.99, it’s not a bad deal and you can turn any ordinary photo into something funky.

Thinkin’ we could start some sort of Chobani comics series with this one…

Lighting effects are another way of giving your photos that “wow feel”. For $0.99, LensLight lets you do just that. Some of the effects are more realistic than others, but all are a ton of fun, as you can see below.


Tip 4: Experiment with editing

Now that you’ve played around with iPhoneography a bit, it’s time to turn things up a notch and start editing your photos to your specific liking. One of the best and most versatile options is Snapseed. What’s really great about this app is that you can make quick and easy changes to a photo or spend hours getting into the nitty-gritty features. The photo you see below of Andrew, our Content Designer, was edited with Snapseed in about 2-3 minutes.

What did we do to it you ask? Well, first we turned the pic to a black & white image and then used one of the “Vintage” settings to give it that brown hue. To liven the photo up even more, we applied one of Snapseed’s “Drama” filters and by increasing the saturation within it we were able to give it a little extra “warmth”. Then, we added a border and voila! We were all set. Most of the editing here was done using preset settings, which is why it didn’t take very long.  Not bad, right?

It’s a little pricier than others at $4.99, but it’s totally worth it if you’re interested in having a lot of options when it comes to photo editing. The app can be used on iPhone and iPad (it’s especially cool with the larger screen) and will hopefully be available for Android users soon!

We also suggest checking out PhotoToaster for $1.99 and VSCO CAM for $0.99, both are great options for more in-depth photo editing.

Tip 5: Take a lot of photos.

The best part about mobile photography? It’s mobile! As long as your phone is in your pocket, you can capture images of the world around you, wherever you go. With this mobility and so many awesome apps, becoming an amateur photographer is pretty easy (and you don’t even need a point-and-shoot camera!). So go on and take lots of photos of friends, animals, landscapes, cool street scenes, or whatever else gets your creative juices flowin’.

We’d love to see what y’all come up with, so share your favorite shots with us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram! Happy snappin’ everyone!