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8 iPhone Photography Tips for Writers

As a writer for many years, my photographic skills have been very helpful. Now, carrying an iPhone around makes my writing even easier.

Here are some tips for using your iPhone pictures if you want to write articles...

1. If it is not sharp, do not even think about submitting it.
2. The photograph should be at least 300 dpi. If you don’t know what that means…find out.
3. Do not alter the image except for cropping.
4. Take as many angles as possible.
5. Move in or zoom in (if you can) to show details.
6. Do not change the file from a .jpg to a .gif to make it smaller.
7. If you take pictures of people, get written permission to use their images.
8. Finally, check with the publication before you submit pictures. Know exactly what their requirements may be.

Although some publications will tell you that iPhone pictures are unacceptable, you may be surprised, especially if you are submitting to a newspaper. If an iPhone is the only camera you've got handy, use it. You never know when you might see your photo in print.

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Joel Heffner is a writer and speaker. He has been writing about photography for about thirty years, ever since his book Amphoto Guide to Wedding Photography was published. Today, he mainly uses two types of cameras, pinhole cameras and an iPhone, a photographic odd couple of sorts.