Do you love taking photos with your iPhone, but sometimes feel like they could be better? If so, you’re not alone. Even professional photographers often use their iPhones to take quick snapshots when they’re on the go. But how do they get the best results using a mobile device?
Choose the Right Settings
One of the most important things you can do to take great photos with your iPhone is to choose the right settings. The iPhone’s Camera app offers a variety of different settings that can help you get the best results, depending on the lighting conditions and the type of photo you’re trying to take. For example, if you’re taking a photo in low light, you’ll want to use the app’s Night mode. This setting automatically adjusts the shutter speed, ISO, and white balance to help you take a clear photo in dim lighting. If you’re taking a photo of a moving subject, you’ll want to use the app’s Sports mode, which captures multiple images in quick succession and then combines them into a single image.
Consider Using Apps
In addition to the Camera app’s built-in settings, many third-party camera apps offer even more options for taking great photos. Some of these apps even let you control the shutter speed, ISO, and white balance manually, giving you even more control over the final image. If you’re looking to take more creative photos, there are also several that offer filters and other effects that can be applied to your images. And if you’re interested in shooting video, there are even some apps that offer more advanced features like slow motion and time-lapse (although these are available on the Camera app these days!).
Frame the Picture Correctly
As a professional will tell you, composition is key when taking a great photo. While the iPhone’s Camera app does have a grid feature that can help you with this, several apps offer more advanced composition tools. One of the most important things to remember when framing a picture is the rule of thirds. This rule simply states that an image is more pleasing to the eye if the subject is not placed in the centre of the frame, but rather off to the side; this can be accomplished by lining up the subject with one of the grid lines. Another thing to keep in mind is leading lines. This is when you use something in the frame, like a road or a river, to lead the viewer’s eye towards the subject of the photo. This can be an effective way to add depth and dimension to an otherwise flat image.
Tap the Screen to Focus
Although it sounds simple enough, one of the most common mistakes people make when taking photos on their iPhone is not tapping the screen to focus. Tapping the screen will ensure that the camera is focused on the subject of the photo, and not on the background. This is especially important when taking close-up shots – just a simple tap can make all the difference.
Use HDR for High-Contrast Scenes
HDR, or High Dynamic Range, is a great feature to use when taking photos of high-contrast scenes. This means that the photo will have both dark and light areas, as well as a wide range of colours. When HDR is turned on, the iPhone will take three separate photos – one underexposed, one normally exposed, and one overexposed. These photos are then combined to create a single, high-quality image. We bet you didn’t even know that all these features existed – when choosing a new phone or a refurbished model from Mobile Federation, utilise these tips for amazing photos!