Although I own a professional camera, the iPhone is my go-to since I bring it everywhere with me 🙂 From capturing on the spot moments, to selfies with the influencers I meet etc, the iPhone never fails me 🙂 Here are some tips that may seem common knowledge but sometimes, it can be missed.
-Make sure you are facing the light when taking pics. I find in front of a window, where natural light comes shining through works best. If you’re outside, make sure you don’t shoot in direct sunlight cause that will leave a harsh shadow and just doesn’t look good. Golden hour is best and/or when it’s cloudy not super sunny.
Speaking of lighting, please
2) TURN OFF FLASH
iPhone flash is basically a LED light and not as powerful. It just ruins the image, I find! plus the photos tend to be blurry and shaky. If you’re shooting at night, use the the exposure tool to edit it after (not too much though cause it will turn out grainy. or use another phone to shine a light through.
3) USE THE GRID (1:1 SQUARE FOR INSTAGRAM) & FOLLOW RULE OF THIRDS
If you’re unsure if it will come out nicely on instagram, I do keep the Grid on (settings) to ensure rule of thirds, pic is proportioned and aligned. Also, if you are shooting for instagram, use the square mode. In that way, you dont have to worry about cropping your photo later on.
4) USE MOVEMENT & BURST MODE FOR MULTIPLE SHOTS
This one is my fave! Whether its a walking shot, sports photography or chasing your little ones, I use the burst mode all the time and I just choose the best ones (and clear ones) after! When posing, using movement will create a more relaxed and natural feel to it rather than being so staged.
5) BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS ESP. YOUR BACKGROUND.
Nothing can ruin a picture with a not so great background. I had a good pic one time. (well, I thought I had lol) hair, outfit and pose were great except there was a dog peeing in the background of the pic!! ahh. so make sure youre just aware of your surroundings, (messy laundry/weird people/yucky stuff etc hanging around) isssaaa no-no!
6) PRESS & HOLD A SPOT ON THE VIEW FINDER TO LOCK FOCUS
For the subject to be crystal clear, I mean, this is your main focus right… you want to AE/AF be locked on that and the rest will be slightly blurry. I have the iphone8 and It has a 12 megapixel camera (back), 7 megapixel (front) with a f/ 1.8 aperture. This means the lesser the number, aka 1.4, 1.2, the blurrier your background gets. 🙂
As much as possible,
7) USE BACK CAMERA THAN THE FRONT.
even with selfies! get someone to take it! As I’ve said earlier, Back camera has better megapixels that the front. It will turn out to be clearer and crisper than using the front camera.
8) USE SELF TIMER & TRIPOD
Wonder how we take family photos? Whenever my family goes on vacation, I am not a fan of someone else taking our pic (unless its a friend or family member) just the thought of some stranger running off with our phones or cameras just give me anxiety! We use the timer, and tripod that we bring wherever and whenever we travel!! So handy! You can find lots in amazon..we have the manfrotto one! I also find JOBY is a good one too!
and that is it folks!
Here’s a few pics that were taken with an iPhone: