Take Better iPhone Photos

As professional photographers, the tools of our trade include a variety of bulky DSLR equipment—most of which the average person doesn’t carry around with them on daily basis. The best way to capture the images you want to remember is by being ready to take them when inspiration strikes—and for most of us, that means we record life’s memorable moments on our phones. But that doesn’t mean you’re destined to take only average photos. Today’s iPhones have excellent cameras and plenty of apps and accessories to help you take stunning images. Here are our top iPhone photography tips to easily take better pics using your smartphone:

  1. Know the Basics

There are a plenty of handy tools on your phone you may not about that can help you capture the best images, and you need to know how to (and not to) use them. First, I rarely recommend using the zoom feature on your phone, because the images can more easily appear blurry, especially if you don’t have a steady hand. Instead, get as close to your subject as possible. Don’t be afraid of the close-up! It’s best way to capture fine detail.

Alternatively, you can make use of negative space in your images, which can highlight a key aspect of your photo. To make the best use of this, use the focus feature once you’ve positioned your camera on the image or scene. Then tap on the part of the image you want to highlight before snapping the shutter.

Want to capture a shot quickly? A little-known iPhone photography tip is that you don’t have to unlock your phone to access the camera in a flash. Simply swipe left from your lock screen and your camera app will open. Another handy feature is the photo grid—you can use this to help you follow the so-called “rule of thirds,” which calls for you to position your subject over one of two vertical grid lines. Using this feature can instantly help you take more striking images.

  1. Use the Right Mode

Use burst mode to take action shots. This feature allows you to take ten iPhone photos per second, increasing the chances that you’ll capture a clear, sharp image. To use it, simply hold down the shutter and the camera will continue to take pictures until you release the button. After taking the photos, you can scroll through the captured images and choose the best one(s), then delete the rest.

HDR stands for high-dynamic range, and this handy feature takes three photos with one click of the shutter in varying levels of exposure. It then combines all three images together to create a single optimized image. This iPhone photo feature is particularly helpful in high-contrast lighting situations, such as when you have a dark foreground and light background.

  1. Use the Right Equipment

Take images while using both hands on your phone in order to steady the camera and capture the sharpest pics. Even better, use a tripod to keep the camera as still as possible. This is particularly important when taking HDR images.

Want to get an image without being near your iPhone? Connect your device to the headphones that came with the phone or a Bluetooth headset. With your phone’s camera app on the screen, the earphones become a remote control. Here’s how it works. Once you’ve positioned the image on your camera’s screen, click the “volume-up” button to take a photo.

  1. Enhance your Images

There are several filters built into your camera that can improve the look and feel of your iPhone photos, as well as many editing tools that allow you to adjust the lighting and color. Play around with these on your own, or download apps made to help you edit your photos like a pro. We like Snapseed because it’s so easy to use and has a ton of filters and features, but there are plenty of others out there, too.

If you’ve got an iPhone, you’ve got a pretty powerful little camera in your hands. Put it to good use with our iPhone photography tips! And for those times that call for top-quality, professional-grade images, call us at Craig Collins Photography, 973-335-1505, and let us put our experience and expertise to work for you.