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Top Tips for Taking Gorgeous Photos with Just Your iPhone

May 27, 2016 8:00 am

So many people now use their iPhone to take photos. You might also have a camera you use occasionally, but it probably doesn’t go everywhere with you. An iPhone camera is convenient because it fits in your pocket and you can use it in seconds. Your phone is often the best tool you have in hand to get a quick snap. It’s handy for taking selfies to capture a moment that’s going to pass quickly. However, it’s obviously nowhere near as sophisticated as a professional camera. The good news is that it’s what you do with your camera that’s more important. Here’s how to get the best shots with your camera.

Get Familiar with the Apple Camera App

Your iPhone comes with a standard Apple camera app, which you should try out. You might want to try some third-party apps later but start with this one. You can familiarize yourself with the different options and experiment with the settings. For example, you can take a square photo, a panorama, or a standard photo. Before you take a picture, think about what you’re going to do with the image. If you’re going to post it to Instagram, you will want a square photo. Then you won’t have to crop it later. Use other standard iPhone features too, like the grid. Go to Settings > Photos & Camera and enable the grid option.

Try Out Some Different Apps

There are also lots of third-party apps that you might want to try out. They can offer different features and filters to use to make your shots more exciting. These apps can allow you to control a lot of things you would be able to change on a bigger camera. For example, you can modify the shutter speed, ISO, exposure and white balance. These apps can give you much more control than the standard iPhone one, so you have a better chance of taking a good photo. Try out Manual, or SimplyB&W if you want to take black and white shots.

Experiment with Lighting

iPhones have flashes on their cameras, but they’re not that great. Compared to the flash on a proper camera, you don’t get much power out of it. Many people will say that it’s better to do without the flash. Instead, you should try to take photos in natural light, or if you’re inside, get some more artificial lighting turned on. You can also switch on HDR Auto in your settings, which will help when you take photos in high-contrast lighting.

Use Burst Mode for Action Shots

If you’re taking photos of moving subjects or your phone is moving, burst mode can help. It’s available from the 5s and up and will take lots of pictures one after the other. Doing this quickly means that you’re more likely to get a clear shot of whatever it is you’re trying to photograph.

When you have an iPhone camera, it’s not what you have but how you use it. Learn to harness its power and you can take beautiful photos.