Patty’s three rules of thumb for iphone photography:
1. Never use the zoom. The resulting image will be fuzzy and pixely, so in the end that close-up thing will just look like crap. Which doesn’t make it all that worth it. Instead, crop that shit later when you’re editing. It will be smaller, but that’s life – things get smaller, and we just have to keep on keeping on.
2. Depth of field gives any photo integrity by making it seem skillfully executed and often adds a bit of drama. If you can pull this off by just messing around with focus, it will look more natural than applying a filter later. Just remember that generally you want the object in the foreground to be in focus and the background not, except in special cases of artful crafting. The filter is appropriate for macros of objects, photos with a uniform color/texture throughout, or food (as in food porn). The filter is not appropriate for people or landscapes. So cool it!
3. Speaking of filters. Filters are lovely, but you must use them wisely. I love when color- or light-enhancing filters make a photo feel like how it would actually feel to be there, but sometimes the unedited photo does this best. I’m also a sucker for vintagey looking photos (me and your uncle and his dog and everyone else) but you can’t use this for all your photos or you’ll ruin the effect. For EVERYONE. And basically I’m of the opinion that filters that do really weird shit, like make your photo completely red or add some sort of crazy texture, should be used pretty sparingly and only with specific intent.
Lastly I would just like to say that a bug flew into my ear today, and never came out. True story.