Tip of the Day: How to Produce Great Outdoor Photos With Your iPhone

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Your iPhone is a great tool to catalog your outdoor explorations. For an example, check out the image of Longs Peak that I took with my iPhone in Rocky Mountain National Park. Until I acquired a Nikon camera a few weeks ago, I relied solely on my iPhone for outdoor photography. I purchased the 32GB model of the 5s for the extra photo storage. I am no professional photographer, but I travel for work or play about once a month so you can imagine how many photos I have amassed.

Here is some insight into the best apps and tools to use for your adventures:

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The native Camera app is great. Some choose Camera+ ($1.99) for the advanced zoom and continuous flash features; but some features, including touch exposure, are also available on the native Camera app. You can change to panoramic mode almost instantly, as well as add filters right in the app. 

To work with exposure right in your native Camera app, just tap on different places on the screen—light and dark—before you take the picture. You can also turn on HDR (high dynamic range) which takes three separate pictures with different exposures and stitches them together.

Another great app for taking photos is ProCam ($0.99). The best feature of this possible camera replacement is the time feature, which is perfect for propping up your phone on a rock to take a photo of your whole group.

After you are done snapping away at beautiful mountain tops or spring flowers, you can use InstaSize (free) to crop, edit and resize photos to showcase and post in Instagram (free).

To end your great outdoor adventure, use Flickr (free) to upload photos straight from your iPhone to create a visually appealing photo collection. You can share albums, create sets, and send links to all your friends and family.

All in all, the iPhone 5s camera is a great way to record your adventures. So next time you take a trip, think about using these tools and apps to create a memorable experience with your iPhone.

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Abbey Dufoe is a freelance writer and a web producer at a nonprofit based in Princeton, NJ. She's always itching for the newest iOS gadget (current favorite - the Apple Watch). She tweets and blogs about the earth and the Internet on Twitter at @abbeydufoe and at abbeydufoe.com.