Thrifty Thursdays feature photographs taken with equipment costing less than $500.

[Apple iPhone 4s - $300; autumn colors - priceless]

The easiest cheat in photography is to photograph only subjects that are naturally stunning. On Monday I walked about a New York woodlot with the red maples at peak color, shooting with my trusty little cell phone. The top photo is helped along by blue sky that perfectly complements the orange leaves; the bottom one by sunlight.

I'm not going to make posters with photos from an iPhone. But these shots are fine for social media.