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Make Your iPhone Photos Better (With Tips, And Apps)

Image of some trees and a squirrel at a U.S. Forest Service campground in Washington.National Geographic photographer Cotton Coulson has a new post up to day in which he reveals his tips for taking better photos with the iPhone.

Some of them are pretty obvious — use two hands, keep your phone dry — but he also delves into tips on choosing the right lighting and what kinds of things to look for when trying to capture a scene.

I’ll add something he left out: Don’t be afraid to doctor your photos. No one really is these days anyway, but I find a lot of joy and satisfaction in filtering my photos, warping them (tilt-shift, baby!) and otherwise playing with them to make them more than they are.

Here are a few of my favorite photo apps for doing so:

I also use the Flickr app for times when I don’t want to squeeze a photo into Instagram’s (which can publish straight to Flickr) squared-off dimensions. It isn’t highly rated, but I think it works just fine.

Get out there and take some awesome photos.

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