iPhoneography, the art of capturing a photo on Apple’s iPhone, is a popular new form of photography. iPhoneographers often argue, however, as to what constitutes true iPhoneography. Some users, known as purists, believe that the photo must be taken, processed, and uploaded on the iPhone. Others argue that as long as the photo is taken with the iPhone, how one edits it is not as important. Though we might not be able to agree on a single definition of iPhoneography, we can say that it has taken over by storm.

So what’s so great about iPhoneography? It allows for amateur photographers to process great photos without having to pay thousands of dollars for a DSLR camera and multiple lenses. It’s quick, easy, and convenient because it is a part of your phone and always with you. Not only that but it’s widely accessible: as long as you have a smart phone, you can participate in the trend. And people are, from the United States to South Africa. iPhoneography has gone global and everyone is striving to achieve the perfect iPhone photo to showcase by learning iPhone specific photography techniques. Universities are even beginning to add iPhoneography as a part of their photography curriculum.

Here are some iPhoneography tips to keep in mind if you’re a beginner:

  • Use different apps to get the exact effect you want. Check out Pro HDR, Photoshop Express, and FX Photo Studio.
  • Interact with other iPhoneographers! Up your exposure by commenting on their photos and getting your name out there. If you’re using Instagram, utilize tagging (though try not to overwhelmingly tag every photo with fifty different things).
  • Think about lighting when you’re taking a photo. Good lighting separates a great photo from a bad, grainy one.
  • Practice, practice, practice. All iPhoneographers will tell you that they learned by practicing taking photos and processing them.

Want to learn more about the art of iPhoneography? Check out an iPhoneography class on Vimbly and start improving your photos today. Whether it’s learning what apps are the best to use or how to take great photos using your iPhone, learning the tricks of the trade will allow you to leave your clunky cameras at home and take awesome, spontaneous photos wherever you are!