How To Capture Those Back-To-School Photos with Your iPhone (Giveaway)

by Stacey Nerdin

Every so often, despite the hectic pace of kids’ activities, school, appointments, and errands, I will “see” a moment I’d like to capture on film and keep for memory’s sake. It’s not always practical to carry around larger camera equipment for such occasions, but that doesn’t mean I have to miss out on the perfect picture. Alli Worthington has written a fabulous eBook called iPhone Photography: The Visual Guide to teach everyone – from amateur photographers to serious enthusiasts – how to take better pictures with something most of us have with us all the time: our iPhone.

iPhone Photography: The Visual Guide by Alli Worthington

iPhone photography – or “iPhoneography,” as some people call it – has become more popular as the iPhone itself has become more sophisticated, as developers have created more versatile photo apps, and as people on-the-go have wanted to document (and share) the world around them.

iPhone Photography: The Visual Guide gives great basic photography tips on principles like lighting and composition before delving into the more specifics of how to take, organize, edit, and back-up photos on an iPhone. The bulk of the book, though, is all about apps.

There are literally hundreds of photography-related apps for the iPhone. Some add effects, some help with lighting or focus, some work on tweaking colors. It can be difficult to sort them all out and determine which can help you become a better photographer with your iPhone. In iPhone Photography: The Visual Guide, Worthington walks the reader through her very favorites, and for each app includes the price, strengths and weaknesses, customizations available, and tips for best uses.

We haven’t started back to school quite yet, but I’ve had a great time over the summer capturing moments with my iPhone. Here’s a favorite of my husband about to canon-ball into the pool with my kids nearby. I saw what was about to happen and quickly grabbed my iPhone, then edited it and shared it – all within the iPhone itself – while still poolside:

Poolside Photo with iPhone

As kids head back to school, I know many of us will be snapping photos on the doorstep before the first day of class, or trying to catch that moment they step onto the school bus for the first time. There will be back-to-school nights, soccer games, Fall carnivals, Winter dances, and any number of class parties or projects ahead. Before you worry about whether or not you have your camera with you, consider downloading All Worthington’s book iPhone Photography: The Visual Guide and learn how you can turn your iPhone into a powerful, portable tool for capturing all those back-to-school memories and more.

Win Your Own Copy of iPhone Photography: The Visual Guide

One (1) reader will win a copy of the eBook iPhone Photography: The Visual Guide. Just use the Rafflecopter form below to enter this giveaway. New to Rafflecopter? Watch this 45-second videoon how to enter!

This is just one of our giveaways running every day in August for our Back To School Giveaway 2012. Please see the main Back To School Giveaway 2012 page for a full list of daily giveaways.

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Stacey has blogged personally at her site, Tree, Root, and Twig, since 2005. When she's not online or busy with her husband and five kids, she's probably learning a new hobby, reading a book, taking a nap, or catching up on her DVR. You can find her on Google+ or Twitter at @StaceyNerdin.

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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ellie A. August 25, 2012 at 9:24 pm

I have to say I am such an Instagram addict! I also use Camera+this would be so much fun to learn some more fun tricks. Thanks for the chance.


2 Chelsea August 25, 2012 at 10:19 pm

I haven’t really played around with my iphone with photos yet… This would be a great learning process ;)


3 lana August 25, 2012 at 11:31 pm

I like instagram awesome app


4 Susan P. August 25, 2012 at 11:47 pm

I use iPhoto but am slowly getting into Instagram.


5 Nicole E. August 26, 2012 at 1:26 pm

I absolutely love Instragram and photoshop express!


6 Tracey August 27, 2012 at 10:34 am

I love Camera+, Instagram and Bokehful.


7 Jen S. August 27, 2012 at 4:44 pm

I use Camera+, Instagram, and Pro HDR


8 Jessica August 27, 2012 at 5:14 pm

The Adobe Photoshop app :D


9 Kimberly B. August 27, 2012 at 5:51 pm

I mainly use instagram.


10 Darlene Ysaguirre August 28, 2012 at 12:17 am

Instagram Mostly is all i use


11 sara rose August 29, 2012 at 12:32 am

Honestly no I dont have a favorite app, yet! I will be getting an iphone soon so this would be an awesome win for me to get started! Thanks for entering me!


12 Jamie Brigham August 29, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Sadly I haven’t looked around that much with my iPhone 4 my Hubby keeps trying to get me to go to iTunes and check out the apps it’s just always the last thing on my mind at the end of the day after chasing a 2 yr old all day with fibromyaliga and many other issues LOL. This does sound interesting, I think I may have to suck it up and check it out. I would love to add words and pictures to my pictures of my baby boy!


13 Beth A. August 29, 2012 at 9:34 pm

I use Instagram a lot and just downloaded InstaPicFrame so I can do more with those pictures! So far I love it!


14 kimbuckjr August 30, 2012 at 12:28 am

I don’t own an iPhone, but my husband does. He allows my daughter to play games on his phone.


15 Chacoy August 30, 2012 at 1:23 am

I have been using picshop pro!


16 Rachee August 30, 2012 at 1:46 am

I’m loving Instagram and decopic


17 Emilee August 30, 2012 at 6:46 am

I must admit… I’m terrible at taking pictures with my phone so I don’t have a certain ap that I use… but I’m a pro with my Nikon. lol!


18 Barbara Platt August 30, 2012 at 9:13 am

no, but I wish I did


19 Jenny August 30, 2012 at 10:21 am

No I do not


20 melina r August 30, 2012 at 9:33 pm

no, I dont edit my pics


21 christina barnes August 31, 2012 at 2:26 am

INSTAGRAM it is amazing


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