October 7, 2018

Crap-Free Guide to iPhone Photography v4.0 is here.

I just finished revising the Crap-Free Guide to iPhone Photography. I do this each year when the new iPhones and new iOS are released, adding the new features and updating advice to make sure the book it’s applicable to the new models. This version incorporates the new Xs, Xs Max and Xr cameras, as well as iOS 12.

There weren’t any notable revisions in the Camera app this time around. The Photos app can now control the focus of your Portrtait mode images shot with the iSight Duo lenses in the Xs and Xs Max. The biggest change is in the new camera: It works incredibly well in low light. As a result of the 32% bigger sensor in the 2mm-wider Wide lens, the optical stabilizer and image processor, I didn’t see much need to cover accessories like tripods or lights anymore. (If you do want the most comprehensive guide to iPhone photography accessories, including lens attachments, check out that post.)

I’ve always felt that know-how is the most valuable accessory you can carry with you. So in this revision I’ve focused on handheld techniques that make the best use of your iPhone camera’s native abilities. You’ll find suggestions on low shooting angles that make the Wide lens seem grander, practical use of digital zoom and hand-held stabilization techniques. It’s a little knowledge that lets you take your camera out of your pocket and just shoot, without worrying about the technicalities. And that’s always been the goal of the iPhone camera, so I’ve tried to make these changes reflect that.

Happy shooting.

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