With an iPhone in your pocket, you already have a very powerful tool for taking stunning photos. Hardware and software are all there, especially with the newer phone models — all you now need is a little know-how to make those landscapes and portraits truly pop.
More and more photographers, both professionals and amateurs alike, decided to replace their digital cameras with a nifty and lightweight iPhone camera that also doubles as a phone (believe it or not). That said, iPhone cameras have some limitations, but with the following tips and tricks, you will be able to find workarounds and make the photographs look professional.
Turn on the Grid Overlay
One of the most easily forgotten features that your iPhone camera has is the Grid Overlay. This tool will aid you in following “The rule of thirds”, as well as finding the leading lines which will help you find interesting compositions for your photographs. It is easy to put the subject in the center of the picture, but changing that composition a bit can make some interesting photos.
Good Backdrops and Angles
Backdrops can have a huge effect on the story you are trying to tell using photography. Try to find interesting backgrounds that compliment your subjects like natural scenes or urban graffiti-covered walls.
Another thing to think about is the angle at which you are shooting. Ordinary portraits with the subject standing in front of you can only go so far. Try out different angles and see which ones you like.
Try out Different Shooting Modes
Speaking of portraits, there are many different shooting modes for you to try out. Portrait mode comes with portrait lighting which helps you adjust the lighting depending on the shooting conditions. HDR mode helps your phone capture both well lit and darker details of the photo. Panorama mode is perfect for taking landscape photos, as it allows you to capture much wider photographs than with a normal mode.
Utilizing the Burst Mode
Often overlooked shooting mode is the burst mode. Burst mode rapidly takes a continuous set of photos and is great for dynamic shots where every millisecond counts. Although it eats up memory, this mode can help you pick out photos where your shooting subject is in a perfect position. It saves up to 10 pictures a second and the bad ones can be easily discarded with only the perfect ones remaining.
Focus and Exposure
Tapping anywhere on the screen can drastically change your shot, as the camera focuses on the area of your choice. Focusing on a subject will make it stand out from the rest of the photo.
Next to the focus square, you will find the Exposure slider which lets you adjust colors and the lighting of the photo if it is too dark or too bright. If you want, you can also lock the focus and exposure by tapping and holding the screen.
Reducing Camera Shake
If you are like me, then you probably have shaky hands, which is a nuisance if you try to take clear and crisp photos. Two ways for working around this problem are using volume buttons instead of the big circle in the middle to take a shot and even setting down your phone and using the volume buttons on your headphones so your phone stays firmly in place.