There’s an old wheeze that’s routinely bandied about in regard to digital photography: “The best camera is the one you have with you.” Ask a qualified photographer about the value of this advice, however, and you might get a less-than-enthusiastic reply along the lines of “Why represent a great moment (and potentially great memory) with a terrible image?”
Fair enough. A bad image can taint a precious memory, but the truth is that sometimes wonderful things happen before your eyes—a child experiences the joys of the holidays, a disconnected relative rejoins the fold, dad nearly burns down the house by stuffing a tree up the chimney and setting it ablaze. Having a record of these events can provide a warm glow for years to come. So yes, these things are worth capturing with the camera you have handy. But, if you take some care, you can produce the best of both worlds from your iPhone—good memories as well as images that won’t haunt you in the future. To help with that, take these tips to heart.