Real Estate Agent with Solutions Real Estate CA DRE #01490977


San Diego across Coronado Bay from the Loews ResortI attended the CRS (Council of Residential Specialists) Sellabration Convention in Coronado (San Diego) from January 30 through February 2, 2014 at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort.

It was pretty intense, with some top notch learning and networking with outstanding agents from around the country. 

One of the sessions on Friday was about iPhoneography, with Dale Chumbley, CRS and Heather Ozur, CRS and was of particular interest given my enjoyment of taking photos and being a relatively new iPhone user.

I learned a number of things that will be of particular use in my business with my iPhone, but the following stood out (those of you who are already iPhone experts can simply move on to another post).

The Rule of Thirds (a basic principle of photography)

To make it easy to take photos using this principle, go to SETTINGS, then PHOTOS AND CAMERA, scroll down to GRID under CAMERA, and enable the gridlines for better positing of photos. You can read more about the rule of thirds here


Camera Plus (app)

Add effects and text to your photos, the use your photos on Instagram and other social media sites


Olloclip (camera attachment)

How about a cool attachment with 4 different lenses - 2 zoom, wide angle, and fisheye


Pro HRD (app)

Create impressive HDR photos with this app


Did you know you can use the volume control buttons as a shutter? Press either one – sometimes that’s easier than tapping the round red icon on the screen.

Do you have any great tips for the iPhone?


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William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Jeff, The clarity of photos on the iPhone is quite good. But the camera is a simple one with no ability to control the results. For fast photos in a pinch, it is fine. I did take a panorama photo at the Del of the ice skating rink and it was pretty cool. 

Feb 03, 2014 12:36 PM #6
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Kathy - I'm using my iPhone camera more and more but still tend to prefer my digital camera. But that is shifting. I am planning to get one of the Olloclips

Lee - that is spectacular!!

William - I would agree


Feb 03, 2014 01:04 PM #7
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

Jeff, I use my iphone 5s all the time and the clients love the photos and the buyers do as well...it is easy and sweet.  I looked into the Olloclip last year & don't know why I didn't buy it so please let me know about it.  A reminder I have Camera+ app and forget to use it...always use Ribbet.  

Feb 03, 2014 09:40 PM #8
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I never even heard the word 'iphoneography', but it does have sense:)

I'll try Olloclip. Sounds interesting.

Thanks for sharing them with us!

Feb 04, 2014 04:02 PM #9
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566

Well, I pick my favorite post of the day to reblog and I can stop right here. You can get the CRS Class recor dings so that just made my to do list, too. I have camera plus but have not tried the attachment or the other app. Excellent post. 

Feb 04, 2014 09:58 PM #10
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Inna - it was a great class with a bunch of useful tips. I covered my faves.

Thanks, Cheryl. Sellabration was a blast with some terrific learning but the session recordings will be worth the purchase price.


Feb 05, 2014 08:57 AM #11
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Hun... - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Jeff, it looks like an iPhone is in my very near future.  Looking forward to that HDR app.

Feb 06, 2014 06:14 AM #12
Nelson Carrillo
McMillin Realty - Phone: (619) 940-6560 - Bonita, CA
South San Diego, CA Homes For Sale

I guess I would be interested in Androidography!  I moved on from the iPhone to the Android world.  I now use the Samsung Galaxy Note II.  I would love to have an HDR Photo app on the android platform.  Thanks for Sharing!

Feb 06, 2014 10:20 AM #13
Libby Offnick
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Mooresville, NC

Great post and excellent tips!  Thanks for sharing and I am going to jump into the app search now.

Feb 06, 2014 09:19 PM #14
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

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Feb 08, 2014 10:31 AM #15
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Jeff, my phone is an android but I still appreciate these iPhone tips.  Now I want to find out if I can use the volume controls on my phone as shutter as well.

Feb 08, 2014 08:35 PM #16
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Interesting. I have never used my iPhone camera for much more than candid snapshots. Sounds like it has a lot more potential.

Feb 08, 2014 09:48 PM #17
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Jeff, once you understand the Rule of Thirds, it makes all the difference in photo composition whether using a iPhone or a DLSR.

Feb 08, 2014 10:19 PM #18
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

I don't have an iphone, but these are great apps/tips....have a great day

Feb 08, 2014 10:51 PM #19
Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Jeff, thanks for the info. I'm always open to knew ways to use my iPhone.

Feb 09, 2014 12:06 AM #20
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Jeff, I have a droid phone that does a pretty good job with pictures but always carry my camera, I'm seriously considering of getting an iPhone though.

Feb 09, 2014 02:54 AM #21
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Ginny - I use Ribbet all the time, too

Nick - I have been happy with mine. Haven't use the HDR app yet but the results I have seen from others are pretty impressive. I still like my digital camera, though

Nelson - bet there is one for your phone

Libby - I like getting recommendations from others on apps since there are so many. I prefer to not do the testing but let others do so and then share their thoughts, pro and con

Thanks, Kathy - I am honored to have been included.


Feb 09, 2014 04:00 AM #22
Beth and Richard Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer - Huntington, NY
Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940

Jeff I found this awesome post that I truly appreciate you sharing with us thanks to Kathy's what I learned this weeks post... I have already ordered the apps and will bookmark it for future use... Again thank you so very much...

Feb 11, 2014 12:31 AM #23
Cathy Wolters
Wolters Realty & Property Management Company - Cocoa, FL
Your Brevard County Property Management Expert

I love being able to use the camera on my iphone.  I have had an iphone for a long time now, and they have come a long way. I need to remember to do that grid thing.  

Feb 13, 2014 10:53 AM #24
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR

Jeff Dowler I don't know how I missed this post the first time around - I'm a little late to the party!  They replaced my phone and had to start with fresh software.  Trying to figure out the settings to reduce the size of photos taken.  Came across your post and downloaded the Camera + app.  I usually do it in Ipiccy but this looks easier.  Thanks!

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