Beyond Auto Everything

I am a career iPhone photographer, author, speaker, and influencer. I love to share my passion and expertise with people who want to take their iPhone photography and mobile filmmaking to the next level.

One of the things I often notice when I speak to students is that they tend to use the default settings for almost all of their iPhone photography and mobile filmmaking. They don’t explore the manual and expert options, many of which are difficult to find in Settings, that are available to them, either in the native Camera app or in other third-party apps.

I understand that for many of them, photography is a casual hobby, not a serious pursuit. They are happy with taking snapshots, not photographs. They don’t overthink the composition, lighting, exposure, focus, or editing of their images and videos.

But I also believe that there is a point in every photographer’s journey when they start to feel the urge to go beyond the default settings and experiment with more creative and technical possibilities. They want to express their unique vision and style, not just capture what they see. They want to learn new skills and techniques, not just rely on what they already know. They want to challenge themselves and grow as artists, not just stay in their comfort zone.

That’s why I want to encourage you, if you are one of those photographers who are ready to take the next step, to start exploring the manual and expert settings on your iPhone. You will be amazed by how much more control and flexibility you will have over your photography and filmmaking. You will be able to adjust the exposure, focus, white balance, shutter speed, ISO, and more to suit your creative vision. You will be able to use different lenses, filters, modes, and formats to create different effects and moods. You will be able to use other apps to enhance, edit, and share your images and videos in ways that you never imagined.

You don’t have to do it all at once. You can start with one setting or one app at a time and see how it changes your results. You can experiment with different scenarios and situations and see what works best for you. You can learn from other iPhone photographers and filmmakers who have mastered the manual and expert settings and get inspired by their work. You can join online communities and forums where you can ask questions, get feedback, and exchange tips and tricks.

The most important thing is that you have fun and enjoy the process of learning and improving your iPhone photography and mobile filmmaking. Remember that there is no right or wrong way to do it. It’s all about finding your voice and style and expressing yourself through your images and videos.



Jack Hollingsworth