Many, many years ago (iPhone 3 era), I saw an ad for an iPhone photography course and sneered "what a scam! An iPhone camera is simpler than a point and shoot. What can they possibly teach you other than basic composition?!"
Add that to the list of things I've gotten tragically wrong. (I once told my sister that digital photography would never catch on. In my defense, that was back when she was using a 1 MP camera with horrible image quality.)
David Molnar's, iPhone Only Photo, highlights both of my miscalculations. He's written a meaty ebook that teaches how to take great quality digital photos using just your iPhone.
Why use the iPhone anyway
I was recently talking with "Jane" about a new point and shoot she had just purchased. She was feeling buyer's remorse and contemplating returning the camera. I knew she had an iPhone, so I had to ask, "what did you want this camera to do for you that your iPhone can't do?"
She paused for a moment, and said "I'm not sure."
I've been in the same position before. I've purchased basic point and shoot cameras and then felt disheartened by them. What did I want them to do anyway?
David begins his book by helping us to answer that question. The point of your iPhone photography is to document the important moments of your life by telling your own story. Your iPhone becomes the perfect tool because it is always in your pocket.
The problem with the extremely basic point and shoot camera is that it isn't always in your pocket and sometimes delivers less flexibility than today's iPhone.
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What works — a snapshot
The book breaks the tutorial down into three sections. In the first, David provides some guidance on iPhone-specific features — updated for iOS 8. Believe it or not, you can set your focus and exposure points independently. After that, you can brighten or darken your exposure to make sure your subject is lit perfectly.
The lessons have an abundance of photo examples, so you can see exactly how you'd make each adjustment.
The next section explains composition. (I was right about this one.) These are your basic composition lessons. There is not much here unique to your iPhone, but you won't take many images you want to keep without using these principles. You can't really ignore them, no matter what camera you use.
The book then explores editing using some of David's favorite apps. With simple finger swipes of your screen, you can take your images from blah to wow.
I actually already use the app he suggests, but I learned a few things about how to improve my editing based on David's processes.
Let me try — Before & After
Advice for real life scenarios
The second half of the book provides tutorials and advice for common photography genre's and shooting situations — portraits, landscapes, food, concerts, etc.
I like that each section ends with a specific challenge and breathtaking beautiful iPhone photos to help inspire you.
All in all, you have almost 200 pages of photos and instruction. So much for my snarky 'how much can you really say about iPhone photography' remark.
Disclosures. David did provide me a free copy of the book to read and didn't ask anything of me in return. I don't make anything if you purchase his book. I just think it can be a good resource.