The iPhone Photographer is Out Now

We've been working hard at getting up e-books and raising a little money for the magazine. Instead of starting a Kickstarter account like so many friends recommended, we're trying to raise our funds through e-books. You get to buy the book for less than $1 and  support gadchick in the process.

For the iPhone Photographer, we  wanted to research the best camera apps for you and save you the frustration of purchasing and downloading yourself. We've done the hard work, all you have to do is decide if the camera is app is right for you! Here is a little snippet of what the book contains...

Tips for improving your photos

While the iPhone 4S’s photos are certainly better quality than those taken with, say, the iPhone 3, this doesn’t mean that the photos themselves will be any better. If your subjects are all smack in the center of your photos, or your subjects have a crazy backdrop, your pictures will still be in need of some help. Spending just a little time on composition and proper exposure will ensure a better overall photo. Ready to get artistic? Keep these tips in mind:

Tip #1: Know your settings. The iPhone 4S features autofocus and auto exposure lock, as well as an auto flash, force flash or no flash. Depending on your subject and shooting conditions, you want to be sure some of these settings are enabled. For example, when shooting a subject outside, a force flash will ensure a subject’s face is visible on a shady day.

Tip #2: Check your background. A plain or simple background really shows off the subject that you are photographing. Take a moment to look at the view onscreen – is there a tree or pole growing out of your subject’s head? Random strangers milling in the background? Whatever you do now to control the background and eliminate distractions will make your future job as a photo editor that much easier.

Tip #3: Look your subject in the eye. If you’re taking a portrait, get right down on your subject’s level. This is especially important for younger children – you want photos where they’re looking right into the camera, not images where the camera is look down on them.

Tip #4: Move away from the middle. The photographic rule of thirds states that interesting things happen AWAY from the middle of a photograph. Imagine a tic-tac-toe grid covering your screen. Place your subject material where the gridlines intersect. The human eye is naturally drawn to these points in a photo, which is why your image will look a lot more interesting than a simple center-stage shot. This is also where locking your focus comes into play. On the iPhone, the camera will automatically focus on whatever is in the center of the picture. Put your subject in the center, lock your focus, and then move the camera so your subject is now on the side. Locking the focus will keep your main subject in focus when the picture is taken, rather than shifting focus back to the middle.

Tip #5: Capture the moment. With one-touch shooting, the iPhone 4S (and a bevy of other apps) can help you never miss another moment. Use this to your advantage for spontaneous street art shots. Take a walk through your neighborhood or a city’s downtown, snapping spontaneous moments as you stumble upon them. This is the perfect way to break out of a photo rut and unlock your creativity.

Tip #6: Use poor quality images to your advantage. Older iPhone cameras were notorious for poor exposure, leading to a serious of fun apps that embraced these grainy images in creative ways. Even with the iPhone 4S, you can still use under-exposed and exaggeration motion to our advantage. For example, in dimly light situations, the exposure will be longer and exaggerated camera motion will create a blur. Use this to your advantage and be creative.

You can download the book here for iBooks, and as soon as the e-book is available for Amazon, and Nook, we'll let you know on our Twitter page. Don't feel left out just yet, Android users! We're working on the best photo apps for you as well!

Thanks for the support and we hope you find the resources as helpful as we have.


  1. want to buy your ebook, "the Iphone photographer" but can't seem to locate when i search for title in itunes?am i suppose to be searching iBooks instead?confused?

  2. Hi Jack,I'm sorry, there was only one link in the post. Our apologies! I hope this helps and thanks again for the support. http://itunes.apple.com/no/book/the-iphone-photographer/id488713821?mt=11