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13 Tips for Taking Better Photos with Your iPhone

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Ever want to take better photos on your iPhone? You know how it works… you come across a perfect photo opportunity, you hold your beloved iPhone firmly, tap the camera and snap! And you have captured the perfect moment or the person.

With the invention of the iPhone, a completely new age of photography has emerged- the iPhoneography. Having a decent camera built into your iPhone makes it easy to take a picture on the run and also enables you to edit your photos on the spot and share them instantly. This is the true strength of the iPhone.

Here are 13 best tips on how to take better photos with your iPhone. Take a look at these!

  • Use Manual Exposure Change

Are you taking photos in a well-lit setting or a place that has no light at all?  No need to worry! You just need to use the option of manual exposure control. Simply tap the area on the photo that you want to make prominent. If the camera is not able to guess the exposure perfectly, you can drag your finger up and down on the slider for necessary adjustments.

  • Use Time Lapse

The time-lapse feature is a very fun element that is added to the latest iOS devices. With the help of the lapse setting, your camera can take a new picture every few seconds. When you want, you can stop and a video will be made that will show a time lapse of the event that you recorded.

  • Use The Grid

The Grid is one of the most significant tools for photography on the iPhone and you must try it. If you switch on this mode, the screen is divided into three equal parts using two vertical and two horizontal lines. You can easily focus on the subject of the photograph (Rule of Thirds) while keeping the horizon straight.

  • Lock Focus

If you want to shoot a macro level photograph or simply avoid grabbing a different object in the frame while shooting, it is best to lock your focus point on your recent object. To do so, all you need to do is to tap and hold on the object until you see the yellow AE/AF lock alter.

  • Use Burst Mode

The Burst Mode is recommended whenever there is unpredictability or movement inside the scene. By enabling this mode, you can capture any movement, for example, people moving, a child playing, or a flock of birds etc. All you need to do is to hold down the shutter button for at least half a second or so and your iPhone will start snapping pictures one after another.

  • Use HDR

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range, a wonderful feature that’s built-in to the camera of your iPhone. It combines three different exposures of the same photo to create a better-exposed picture. One appealing thing is HDR fine that snaps your photo to give you a great image, particularly when shooting landscapes.

  • Take Multiple Shots

Taking multiple shots in quick succession is the way to make sure you catch a good picture, especially for action shots. For instance, if your child is running around, it’s better to snap multiple pictures in quick succession so as to get a better photo on the iPhone. There are also some good apps on the App store for doing this.

  • Keep the Flash Turned Off

Although the latest iPhones’ flash is much enhanced as compared to their predecessors, the fact is that the flash is still just an LED light. It is not that powerful even with the TrueTone technology; it can occasionally release a strange hue while taking pictures. Therefore, you should try to keep it turned off and shoot in natural lighting.

  • Take Photo with the Volume Button

So the iPhone is quite slim, tapping the digital shutter button can trigger camera shake and blur the photo you are trying to shoot. Instead of doing that, you can simply use the volume up button when in the camera app to capture a photo. It will also completely prevent camera shake.

  • Use Shooting Mode

Apple’s built-in camera app brings a range of different modes for capturing pictures including square, panorama, and photo. These shooting modes are really helpful to take sharp and lively photos. Try all these modes and check what they can do for you.

  • Use the Camera Shortcut

If you are in need of capturing an instant shot, there is no need to directly launch the camera app. Just unlock your iPhone, find camera app, tap on the icon, and wait for it to load. By doing all these steps, you can miss the chance to take a photo of the immediate situation. Therefore, you can use the camera shortcut in that case.

  • Take Photo with Self-Timer

You can set the self-timer either for two seconds or ten seconds, depending upon your preferences. By doing so, there is no need to press the shutter button to capture the photo. The photo will be taken automatically once the time is out that you set. It helps you get more control on the camera app so that you can generate better results.

  • Reduce Camera Shake

When you shake your iPhone while capturing the photo, it will make your photo unclear and blur. So, don’t do this and try to set all things using different advanced modes to capture better photos from your iPhone. Though the latest iPhone versions have optical image stabilisation capability, you should keep your phone steady.

These days, iPhones can be used for just about everything. For amateur and pro photographers, having a camera available within reach whenever you need it is very much needed. With the many features of the iPhone camera and more soon to come, the iPhone has even replaced your traditional camera! So, if you don’t own an iPhone, it is better to buy a refurbished iPhone to take pretty good pictures.


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