A Handbook of iPhone Photography
A User Guide to Models 6 and 6s

The Handbook of iPhone Photography

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This easy-to understand handbook explains step-by-step, how, why and when you use your camera’s controls for better pictures and HD movies. Its 50 topics then go on to explore all of the iPhone’s other photographic features. This guide to your iPhone is available in a 62 page black & white printed edition and as a full-color, fully searchable PDF eBook you can download instantly.

To view just a few of the fifty topics discussed in this comprehensive book, click the Samples button:
Preface Taking Photos & Videos
Contents Adjusting Focus, Exposure & Depth of Field
Introduction Shooting in Bursts
Anatomy of the Camera There Is No Place Like Home
Where the Hell Have my Pictures Gone? Understanding The Share Sheet
Getting Ready Wirelessly Connecting to Tv—airplay
Selecting A Shooting Mode Wired Connection to Tv—adapter

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The iPhone is revolutionizing photography and is much more than a camera. It is really a complete photo and video system in the palm of your hand. It is powerful but complex--so much so that few ever discover or master all of its features. However, with the release of our new Handbook of iPhone Photography: A User Guide to Models 6 and 6s you learn how to get the most out of this amazing device.

This handbook gathers together everything you need to know to explore all aspects of the iPhone related to photography. Fifty separate topics include such important and useful aspects as selecting a shooting mode, adjusting exposure, and using the Photos app. You even see how to share photos on SmugMug, Instagram, Lightroom and Apple’s iCloud or display them on your computer screen or HDTV. Check out the Contents section below for a complete listing on what this guide covers. One of its most popular sections, “Where the hell have my pictures gone”, is about how you protect your photos and videos from loss and preserve them for posterity, something that is incredibly important on such an easy-to-damage or lose mobile device.

Note to Teachers and Others

This handbook is the ideal text for adult and community education courses, and training programs for teachers, artists, photojournalists, realtors and others who are using the camera professionally. Because it is organized into 50 relatively independent topics it is easy to pick and choose what you want to teach and change the order of presentation. Also, throughout the first part of the book are “See for Yourself” mini tutorials that help you put into action the things you are reading about. At the end of the book is a glossary of iPhone terms.


Anatomy of the Camera
Using 3D Touch & Quick Action Menus
Where the Hell Have My Pictures Gone?
Getting Ready
Selecting a Shooting Mode
Taking Photos & Videos
Adjusting Focus, Exposure & Depth of Field
Macro Photography
Using Your Photos on Your Phone
Understanding Location Services
Shooting in Bursts
Using the Camera app
Introduction to the Photos App
There is No Place Like Home
The Photos App Screen Display
The Photos Tab
The Shared Tab
The Albums Tab
Managing Personal Albums
Managing Folders
Playing Videos
Video Settings
Editing Videos
Deleting Photos & Videos
Using Favorites
Using Search

Selecting Images & Videos
Editing Sill Images
Using Filters
Understanding the Share Sheet
Understanding Share Sheet Extensions
Using Lightroom
Using SmugMug
Using Instagram
Moving Photos & Videos to a Computer
Texting & E-mailing Photos & Videos
Printing Images
Using AirDrop
Creating & Displaying a Slideshow
Wirelessly Connecting to HDTV—AirPlay
Wired Connection to HDTV—Adapter
Mirroring the iPhone Live on a Computer
Using iCloud
Using iCloud Drive
Using iCloud Photo Library
Family Sharing
Backing Up Your Photos & Videos
My Photo Stream
Using iCloud.com
Using iCloud for Windows Glossary


Huge changes are sweeping through photography and they have appeared suddenly, forcing all of us to adjust. Think about this. In just a few years the camera has gone from film to digital while the Internet has tied us all together and provided many places to display and share photographs. Finally, to generate the photographic and video content for all of these activities the iPhone and its rivals have put a high quality camera in nearly everyone’s pocket. As a result, sales of point and shoot cameras have collapsed and the sales of high end SLRs are threatened.

The root cause of this turmoil is the availability of increasingly higher-quality camera phones such as the iPhone. We have been through dramatic changes like this before, especially with the introduction of the 35mm Leica way back in the roaring twenties. This small camera made it much easier to capture images on the fly and changed people’s ideas about what made photography interesting. Image quality was not as good as larger cameras but mobility more than compensated. Sound familiar? The stiff formality of posed images gave way to informality and the capture of images without affecting the flow of action. We are in a similar situation today with the iPhone. The images being captured may not be as technically perfect as SLR images, but they have their own merits. To see just one of the impacts these cameras are having on the field of photography search the Internet for “camera phones in photojournalism.”

Camera phones have great advantages, especially when it comes to sharing photos. With the tap of a button your work is shared with family and friends or published to a worldwide audience. In addition, these cameras are small, light and easy to carry, don’t intimidate people when you point your camera at them, and best of all, you almost always have yours with you.  As a result, instead of millions of people taking pictures and videos there are now billions taking a trillion photos a year.

Admittedly, cell phone cameras currently have a few drawbacks, most of which will be solved as technology advances. However, it has rarely been the technical aspects that make great photos. For example, Popular Photography once reviewed a book of images they described as “meaningless blur, grain, muddy exposures, drunken horizons and general sloppiness.” The book they were referring to was Robert Franks’s “The Americans,” perhaps the most influential book of photographs since photography was invented. Because it was shot with a 35mm camera on the fly it was a completely different style from what people had seen before. However, because of the 83 photos in that book, photography has not been the same since.

This handbook focuses on the iPhone and the photographic and video system of which it is a part. It assumes it is one of your most important, if not your only, photographic device. It also assumes you may want to master all of the iPhone’s photographic features that let you capture, view, store, organize, edit and share images and high definition videos directly from your iPhone using Internet connected on-line services such as Instagram, FaceBook, SmugMug and Apple’s iCloud.

The iPhone is already very, very good and getting better. Any shortcomings it has will be fixed in time as technology advances so it will get even better. Until then we revel in the fact that we can capture, edit and publish high-quality images with a device in the palm of our hand.

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