Three Steps to Creating Great iPhone Pictures using TiltShiftGen & Instragram

The introduction of a 5 megapixel camera to the iPhone 4 and the creation of a handful of photography apps have paved the way to every user becoming an iPhonetographer. While the milage for for each user may vary, everybody can do it and frankly, it’s a lot of fun.

Over the past couple of months I have come to LOVE using three different apps to create some pretty fantastic pictures. I’ve had several friends ask me how I was able to get the look of some of my pictures, so I thought I’d share them with you. Again, anybody can do this. It’s the apps that do all the work.

You’ll need three different apps to get started:

iPhone Camera – Free (comes with your iPhone)
Details: 5-megapixel still camera

TiltShiftGen – 99¢
Details: By adjusting various parameters (blur, color and vignette), it allows you to apply endless effects to your pictures.

Instagram – Free
Details: Snap/upload, edit and share with your friends. Comes with 14 different filters that make it easy for regular pictures to become works of art.

Now for the fun

Using the iPhone camera, I recently snapped this picture of my two year old son eating cake:

Using TiltShiftGen, I changed the color and added some focal depth using the blur settings:

Finally, using Instragram, I used the “Earlybird” filter to output this:

So easy. So fun. It’s literally a few adjustments, about 3 minutes and you get amazing results.

If you’re wondering what exact settings I used to get these results, the best thing to do is to download the apps and give it a try yourself. It really is as easy as I’m suggesting.

What apps are you using for iphonetography?

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  • Geoffrey Little

    Hey man. This is really great. Thanks for showing the ropes – I am new to Apple products but now have an iTouch with endless possibilities.

    Geoff Little

  • Geoffrey Little

    Great info. Thanks, man. I am new to Apple products but recently got iTouch. Cheers.

  • Phillip Kemp

    Thanks for turning me on to these apps. I have had a great time playing with them. Now I need to post some of my masterpieces. hahaha NOT!

  • lamine

    thanks for the steps