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Turning HDR on and off


HdrOnLaunch the Camera app. In the middle of the screen at the top, you'll see the HDR button. If it reads "HDR Off," tap it once to turn it on. Tap it again to turn it off.

Save an HDR and lower-resolution photo


KeepNormalPhotoWhen you take your first HDR photo, you'll see a dialog box asking if you want to save both the original and HDR versions of your photo. This can be changed later in Settings, but I recommend clicking dismiss and save both versions. Sometimes the regular photo is actually better than the HDR, and it's nice to have the option to see the original before you delete it.

Don't move the iPhone when taking a photo


The iPhone creates HDR images by taking three photos in quick succession using different exposures. It then combines these pictures together into one image. If you move the camera while taking a photo, you may find that some parts of your picture will be mysteriously missing.

To be or not to be...Grunged


I usually like straight unaltered pictures. And then came Grungetastic for the iPhone. With Grungetastic you can make some really grungey effects. The effects go so far that I actually am enjoying experimenting with it. If you want to write a thriller, it seems like a grunged picture would go well. It may not be for everyone, but it might be for you. For a buck, it's worth the risk.

iPhoneography: How does your iPhone greet you?


iPhones greet us every time we turn them on. Your greeting is the wallpaper that you select to see. You can look for interesting photos online and add it to your iPhone or you can use one of your own photos. I prefer to use one of my own because it always makes me smile. Here's how my iPhone greets me.

How does your iPhone greet you?

iPhoneography: Color vs. Black-and-White


Although I don't have any ideas about the which came first between the chicken and the egg, I do have some ideas about which is better...color or black-and-white when it comes to photography. In the olden days when I was a little boy, there was no choice. Black-and-White film was available. You took your pictures and then took the film to the local drug store. About a week or two later, you'd return to the drug store and pick up your rather small black-and-white prints. Once we started to use color film, we had a choice, color or black-and-white. However, if you started with color negatives, you'd probably have to print the black-and-white version yourself, or send it to a photo lab.

iPhoneography needs...

It's time, I think, for Twitter to acquire Instagram or Picplz and Twitpic. Twitpic lets you upload pictures (from any digital source) onto Twitter. Instagram and Picplz let you take pictures with an iPhone, alter them, and then upload them to Twitter (among other places). It's time for Twitter to make some acquisitions to smooth out the process so that when I (we) use Twitter (the app) we can take pictures with our iPhones, alter them in whatever way we want, and upload them all within the same app. Come on Twitter, make my day! Please. :)

If Ansel Adams had an iPhone on October 31, 1941...

On October 31, 1941 Ansel Adams was driving along when he noticed a scene that excited him. He quickly pulled over and set up his 8x10 view camera. In his haste, he couldn't find his Weston exposure meter. He remembered what the exposure should have been for one part of the scene and came up with an exposure of 1 second at f/32 with the ASA 64 film he was using. Although he wanted to take a second image, the light changed and the scene was gone. Imagine if Mr. Adams had an iPhone on that fateful day that he took what probably is his most famous picture...Moonrise, Hernandez.

Pictures you miss when you don't have your iPhone with you...

Driving along I got a call from my wife. It lasted about 10 seconds. I put my iPhone down on the seat and continued on home. Since the snow is still in mile high piles in front of my house, I got out of the car to do a little shoveling. [I predict the snow will actually be around until May.] After shoveling, I went inside.

Unfortunately, when my son left with the car, my iPhone was still inside. It wasn't lost or anything terrible like that. It just wasn't with me all day today. Here are the pictures I missed today without my iPhone...

My little girls, as I call them, two of the cutest Pugs you ever saw, were in the backyard surrounded by snow. Missed shot.

8 Tips for iPhone Photo App Makers

Looking over the dozens of photo apps I've got on my iPhone, I think it's time to give app creators a bit of advice.

1. If you want to charge me for an app, charge me and DON'T give me a 'free' app that opens up asking me to upgrade before I've even had a chance to try it.

2. Look at other apps and please don't duplicate features that are generally available in a zillion other apps.

3. Please don't give me an app that creates black and white images and call it worthy of being. It isn't.

4. Folks who like "retro" or "lomo" or "holga" effects probably aren't interested in your creating an app that emulates what they do. Their whole reason for being is to do things the old fashioned...darkroom way.

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