Surefire Tips on How to Take Better Pictures with iPhone

The iPhone packs a punch when it comes to taking pictures and with a few tricks, you can go from an amateur to a pro iPhoneographer. These tips will not take you years to master, rather, they are tips and tricks you can start using off the bat to improve your pictures and your skill simultaneously. Let’s begin!

1. Light is everything

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If you’re going to preplan your photos, ensure they’re in favorable lighting conditions with rich vivid colors.

Complex lightings will be a challenge for the limiting features of a smartphone sensor. Keep the contrast as little as possible.

2. Keep it simple

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There’s something about minimalism that provokes quality. In Steve Jobs common phrase, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

What this means is to keep each shot simple; single object, nothing too busy, keep the layers few, make the background as plain as possible to make people get the photo the moment they see it.

Too many details take the focus off your intended target.

3. Move Closer

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The devil they say is in the details. Moving closer enables you capture details that otherwise wouldn’t naturally be captured by you.

So yeah, don’t be afraid to move closer especially when capturing people and pets.

An additional tip here would be to adjust the height you take your picture from; essentially, go down to the level of your subject.

4. Incorporate shadows

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Shadows remind us of the dark and there’s something about shadows that adds an extra layer of mystery to your photos. You get the best shadowy picture when the sun is setting or rising.

Shadows remind us of the dark and there’s something about shadows that adds an extra layer of mystery to your photos. You get the best shadowy picture when the sun is setting or rising.

Be sure you are careful of your angle in relation to the sun. You can get proper foreground shadows by taking the pictures from the front of your subject(s).

5. Use iPhone’s HDR feature

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range and it’s a feature that enhances pictures taken with high contrast ranges in light. It works by taking a scene multiple times in quick succession and then combining these pictures into one.

You can turn it on manually when you’re certain the picture(s) you’re about to take have high contrast such as a scene capturing the bright sun and a dark alley. Or you can leave it on automatic to allow your device determine when you need it.

6. Use the grid option to follow the rule of thirds

The rule of third simply says to allow your subject to occupy only a third of the screen. You can do this by turning on the grid view of your camera (Settings > Photos & Camera and toggling the Grid on). The grid will serve as an aid to always guide you.

7. Use symmetry

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When both sides of your picture are the same, then the picture is symmetrical in nature. Don’t be afraid to capture your subjects in a way they fall in the middle of similar sides.

You can look out for this in architecture, man-made objects which are mostly created to be symmetrical. This is a good place to purposely break the rule of thirds!

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