Are you a beginner photographer and love to take pictures with your phone? Are you someone who is ready to take their pictures to the next level? Here are 17 Quick and Easy Photography Tips for iPhone that will be sure to make your next set of photos spectacular.
Taking photos with your smartphone can be a fun and inexpensive hobby. It’s easy to get started with some guidance and inexpensive or free apps. You probably already have some of these apps on your phone – Get Access to My Top 5 Apps you need to start taking better photos below!
To be honest: Taking pictures with your phone comes naturally to some people. These people just pick up their phone and take amazing photos each and every time. Others need a little guidance and I’m here to help.
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How can I take better pictures with my phone?
As a person who takes tons and tons of photographs with my iPhone, I can tell you right now, that question is not always easy to answer.
There is not one answer that applies here.
- Practice is key.
- Don’t be afraid to take lots of pictures.
- Try different things and see what works for you.
Tips & Tricks for iPhone Photography
There is no one way to get better at your photography, especially as a beginner. Beginners are probably the easiest group of people to teach, though, as they are eager to learn what’s ‘right’. They don’t have to be re-trained to use features and equipment.
Beginner Photography Tips/Photography 101
Hold your phone with both hands and make sure your hands are steady while taking the photograph.
Any slight movement with the phone will result in blur or a lopsided photo. To avoid this altogether, keep your arms closer to your body instead of extended out in front of you. (See below)
Use the volume buttons to take a photo. Don’t just use the button on the camera screen.
As I mentioned in Tip#1, any movement of your arms and hands during the picture taking process may blur the image.
To minimize this, I suggest using the ‘Volume Up’ button to take the photo. It’s like the shutter button on a regular camera. Same concept, same result. (See above)
Make sure your lens is clean.
It seems like a silly thing to tell you guys, but anything smudged on your lens will affect the picture quality.
Use your earphone volume buttons as a shutter.
This is another great alternative to pushing the button on the screen. I use this technique especially when I’m taking photos of people. This is a great way of getting a candid photo and not be intrusive.
Turn off the flash!
I would rather brighten the photo when editing instead of using the flash. The flash on the phone can be harsh on your subject.
How to take really good pictures with your Phone?
Get down to the level of the subject.
You may feel silly squatting on lying down to get a photo, but don’t! Changing up the perspective makes all the difference sometimes.
Don’t zoom in on your subject. It’s always better to take the photo first and then zoom and crop afterwards.
Zooming in makes the photo pixelated. It’s better to get a sharp photo from farther away than a blurry one.
Shoot the picture from different angles. For food photos, it’s always good to take the photo from above.
I prefer taking sideways pics instead of taking them straight at the subject. Also, looking down at an object or up, especially for buildings, is always a great option.
If you feel adventurous, take the picture from above a high place looking down. It’s not my cup of tea, but the results can be outstanding!
Identify the subject of your photo and focus on that subject.
The best way to focus on the phone is by tapping the subject. The camera will then automatically focus on whatever you tapped. You can also adjust the brightness by sliding your finger up or down after tapping the subject.
Make sure not to take the photos with the sun on your subject.
Too much light on the subject makes the object look harsh and unflattering. Whenever possible make sure the light is coming from behind.
If you’re indoors, take the photograph closer to a window and let the natural light illuminate your subject.
Pay attention to the background of your photo and any distracting elements.
Any object, like other people, cars, etc can make a great photo less appealing.
Follow the ‘Rule of Thirds’ to compose your photos. Use the grid feature on the phone.
On an iPhone, go to Camera App -> Options -> Grid (on).
Use the correct iPhone photography accessories for the project or photoshoot. (Contains affiliate links)
That being said, don’t spend a ton of money on fancy accessories. A simple, light tripod is a must. And anything else will only be essential when you get better at mastering the basics.
Try different lenses if you want to go for differences in looks and feels. (Contains affiliate links)
My favorite lens set is the Olloclip. (affiliate link). You can choose ‘Fisheye’ or ‘Super Wide’ or ‘Macro’ Each one is unique to its function and adds interest to the photos.
Use photo editing apps or software. (Tip: You can get my all time favorite 5 apps to get you started on the path to better phots in my list at the bottom of this post.)
Have fun, experiment and keep it interesting!!
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