Apps and framing help take good phone photos

MIDCOAST, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Gone are the days of film and clunky point-and-shoots. Flickr, a photo sharing website, says most users are uploading iPhone photos.

"The beauty of the smartphone, it's so slim, you can fit it in your back pocket and take a photo whenever, so it's really spontaneous. Then you have your photo apps on here, so at any time you can begin to manipulate, so it's all on this little device," said Maine iPhoneographer Susan Tuttle.

Tuttle uses a DSLR for her traditional photos and uses her iPhone for her Instagram account and other day to day pictures. She experiments with self-portraits on her Instagram account and uses only apps to edit her photos.

"I like camera plus because it takes the photo for me and then immediately I can apply some adjustments and some tonal changes. It also has awesome filter packs you can draw from. And then, I'll save that and take it into another app. I'm a fan of blur. One app I like is Focal Blur. Then i might take it into a third app. I like to distress my photos a little bit. There's one called Vintage Scene that works really well" said Tuttle.

There are apps that will mock what a DSLR camera can do. The app Live DOF can create the blur behind the subject like a DSLR can. The shutter speed is fast and the phone camera controls it, but LongExpo takes a series of photos and blends them together to create the look of slow shutter speed photography.

For portraits, Tuttle prefers candids, but says for posed photos, framing is important.

"One of the best things you can do is have the shoulders at a slight angle and the face is facing forward. It's less confrontational that way," she said.

Tuttle also advised turning the phone on its side and using the volume button as a shutter release for more stability. She said the phone can really do most of the work, it's just knowing how to access the features.

"If you tap the screen you can put your focus there... There is a setting in the native camera app called HDR, which stands for high dynamic range, so if you have tricky lighting situations, that will take care of it for you," Tuttle said.

Tuttle's best piece of advice is to use gut instinct, and the photo will likely turn out just fine


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