The techniques and community of iPhone photography

Published by | Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Perhaps you’ve heard the saying “the best camera is the one that’s with you.”

For millions of people, that camera is an Apple iPhone. The iPhone’s popularity has led to a flood of photography-related apps and a thriving community of iPhone photographers who meet up in person and share photos using the wildly popular Instagram site.

The iPhone’s popularity as a camera has also led to our first course devoted to “iPhoneography.” The course, called iPhone Photography, from Shooting to Storytelling, is taught by Richard Koci Hernandez and is our latest photography course.

When we set out to do a course on iPhone photography, it was obvious that we needed to cover shooting tips and cool photo apps, but we also wanted to celebrate the iPhone photography community. We wanted to show the fun and mutual inspiration that comes from sharing visual stories with other people. We wanted to capture the spirit of communal creativity that happens when photographers get together and interact.

Our opportunity came last October, when the world’s first iPhone photography conference took place in San Francisco. We attended the conference and shot video of the sessions and then enjoyed shooting a morning photo walk through San Francisco’s Mission District. We even used the iPhone 4S to shoot some of the photo walk video.

iPhonography photo through an iPhone 4S

Shooting with Richard Koci Hernandez during the 1197 Conference photo walk. Photo Credit: Jim Heid

After the conference, we hit the road with author and multimedia photojournalist Richard Koci Hernandez. We tagged along as he went shooting on the streets of Los Angeles, and then we returned to the studio, where he shared tips for his favorite photography apps as well as insights on the art of visual storytelling.

We think the course reflects the creative excitement surrounding the world of iPhone photography. It was a fun course to work on, and we hope you’ll find it a fun course to watch.

(And if you’d like to hear more from Richard Koci Hernandez, don’t miss the Richard Koci Hernandez, Multimedia Journalist Creative Inspirations documentary we did about him last year.)

Interested in more?
• The full iPhone Photography, from Shooting to Storytelling course
• All Photography courses on
• All courses from Richard Koci Hernandez on

Suggested courses to watch next:
iPad Tips and Tricks
iPhone and iPod touch iOS 5 Essential Training
Richard Koci Hernandez, Multimedia Journalist
Organizing and Archiving Digital Photos
Creating Photo Books with Blurb

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2 Responses to “The techniques and community of iPhone photography”

  1. Mark says:

    This really was a great course. It gives you just enough info to get you comfortable enough with the tech so you can do some pretty cool things with the iPhone Cameras & apps.

    But it also doesn’t throw SO much at you to keep you from actually DOING something & isn’t that what all good teaching should do?

  2. Prashant says:

    Awesome course. I am looking into iPhone photography now. This will definitely help me a lot.

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