The iPhone provides some of the best photo quality available with a point and shoot camera. An incomparable collection of photo apps provides photo-editing tools that are second to none. Although the iPhone includes other capabilities, it’s still a camera so most of the same rules apply as with any other camera. There are a few techniques specifically applicable to iPhone that can help produce better quality photos, and you’ll discover those in the following tips.
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Use Both Hands When Shooting
Camera movement while shooting the photo can cause the image to be blurred. Holding the camera with both hands will keep it steady while pressing the shutter button. The iPhone doesn’t release the shutter until you remove your finger from the button on the touch screen. It’s important to keep the camera stable at the moment the shutter is released.
Pass on the Digital Zoom Feature
The digital zoom feature on the iPhone is activated by tapping the screen to focus. Changing the focus also results in changing the exposure. The greater the magnification, the more susceptible the image is to camera movement. This often results in the image being blurred. It’s best to move up closer to the subject or shoot with the widest angle of view. Avoid taking photos involving a great deal of motion. The iPhone was not designed for high-speed photography.
It’s best to keep the composition simple and free of distractions. Shoot from an angle that allows the natural lines in a composition to draw the viewer’s eyes to the subject. Positioning the subject slightly off center can help balance the composition. When shooting movement, leave room in the composition for the viewer’s eyes to follow the direction of the subject.
Lighting and Exposure
When shooting outside, try to avoid direct sunlight. If you’re inside, keep the light to your back. It’s best to only use the flash if it’s totally dark or to eliminate shadows in bright light. If possible, avoid flash altogether and your iPhone’s HDR (High Dynamic Range). It takes three successive shots at different exposures and combines them together. HDR is not intended for movement shots. Everything must remain still for all three shots.
Reflections can provide interesting imagery for photos whether from a mirror, water or window. The use of reflection can create a unique perspective of an image. Rippling effects in water and distortions mirrored in glass can be a great source of creativity.
Use a Variety of Angles
Shooting from a unique angle can make the difference between taking an ordinary photo and creating art. Try a variety of interesting angles. Tilt your camera up and down, flip it sideways or place it on the ground. Subjects can take on a new perspective from a different angle.
Soft lighting is best for shooting portraits. Use light coming in from a window whenever possible. The subject will appear more natural in sunlight. People tend to take on unnatural expressions or poses when they know they are being photographed. Interact with the subject while taking pictures to elicit a more relaxed and natural expression.
Make Use of the Abstract
Keep an eye out for the unusual. Photographing shadows, silhouettes and unusual shapes can create interesting photos. If you’re visiting a new location, be observant to the unconventional and sensational. Choose scenes that tell a story or provoke humor. Be prepared for the unexpected.
Experiment and develop your own techniques. Ignore the traditional rules concerning lighting and exposure to create unusual imagery. One of the great things about the iPhone is you nearly always have it with you. Take advantage of ordinary situations and add your own twist.
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