Five tips for taking great iPhone photos
The iPhone is a great device for taking photos with excellent hardware and smart software. Here are five tips to help you along the way.
- Use the iPhone camera shortcut
There are many great third-party camera apps for smartphones, but if you want a quick shot of a rare moment, you need to speed up without having to unlock your device, find your app, tap on the icon, and wait for it to load. Just swipe up on the iPhone camera shortcut from the Lock screen, and you can quickly take a picture with no waiting time. Another way, if you are in an app or on your Home screen, you can swipe up from the bottom of the screen to launch Control Center, then tapping on the Camera button.
- Experiment with third-party apps
You should download some of the third-party manual camera apps to use when you don’t need a quick shot. Apple’s opened a bunch of controls up to developers, which means that you can take a photo with these apps much more clearly than with the default camera application.
Bonus tip: You can put these camera apps in your Dock so that they’re easily accessible from any part of your Home screen.
- Target your shooting mode around your end result
Iphone’s default camera app offers many different modes for taking pictures, such as panorama, square, and photo. It really helps to shoot in the mode you plan to publish for – for instance, when taking pictures to post to Instagram, you should shoot in square mode rather than shooting in photo mode. It helps you better frame your picture, rather than trying to crop the image afterward.
- Turn off your flash
Recent generations of the iPhone flash are much improved, but in the evening, the flash is still just an LED light. It’s not powerful enough and it can even occasionally emit a strange hue onto your photographs.
Instead, try shooting in natural lighting sources or use the camera app’s exposure slider such as Photojojo’s Pocket Spotlight to boost light in the photo.
- Snap photos with the volume button
Because the iPhone is so thin, tapping the digital shutter button may make the camera shake and blur the photo you’re taking. Instead, when in the Camera app, you can use the volume up button to snap a photo in order to avoid camera shake entirely.