How To Take AWESOME Photos With Your iPhone

How To Take AWESOME Photos With Your iPhone

Technically, I’m not a photographer. I don’t use a camera to shoot any of my photos; I use my iPhone 5s. Therefore, what I really am is an iPhoneographer.

Over the past two and a half years, I’ve gotten pretty good at the simple art of taking great iPhone photos. I’d love to share my knowledge with you in 7 tips that are very important to remember on your own journey of taking pictures with your iPhone. 😊📱💥

{Master Your iPhone’s Camera Functions}

1. Always take photos full-size – avoid shooting in square mode! Crop later; most, if not all, editing apps have a cropping feature. It’s possible that you’ll regret only having square dimensions on certain shots if you ever decide to get them printed, framed, etc.

unfiltered; flower at an apple orchard

2. Turn off flash. I never use it, and I don’t recommend it; find light sources elsewhere. Plus, flash is blinding 😂

unfiltered; old picture of me being blinded by flash

3. Don’t use the photo filters that come with the camera. I’ve found that once I put those filtered photos onto my computer, the files become corrupt! Maybe it’s just my computer … either way, I think that edit app filters are prettier, anyway. 💕

filtered with Rookie Cam; my brother drawing with chalk
filtered with Rookie Cam; my brother drawing with chalk

4. Use the front-facing camera for all selfies. You don’t necessarily have to follow this rule/suggestion, but the quality of user-facing cameras of all phones are known for their poor picture quality. Save our eyes from fuzzy images; take photos with the outward-facing camera.

both filtered with Rookie Cam; outward-facing (left) selfie and user-facing (right) selfie

5. Learn how to use exposure. If you raise the exposure higher than auto (tap screen and slide up), that allows more light into the camera. You’ll get pictures like this:

unfiltered; trees in my backyard

If you lower the exposure so that less light enters the camera, you’ll get pictures like this:

filtered with Rookie Cam; my brother’s silhouette (pic taken at 4PM)

Different settings, different results. Experiment with both; you’ll soon learn what situations look best in high, low, and auto lighting.

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{3 Great Tips for Taking Awesome iPhone Photos}

1. Always be on the lookout for natural light. Phone cameras do best in natural lighting, which is why I’m always on the lookout for sunlight. Most shots taken outside or near an open window will turn out clearer and brighter than artificial-lighted photos, as long as there isn’t too much movement or direct sunlight. (If the sun is visible in the picture itself, the brightness of the picture might be overwhelming.)

unfiltered; my brother blowing bubbles

2. Tap to focus – always. Over the years, I’ve learned that auto-focus isn’t foolproof. Get in the habit of manually focusing – just tap the screen once where the subject of your photo is.

filtered with Rookie Cam; my sister laughing

3. Take as many photos as you can. iPhone camera shutter speeds aren’t very fast. (By the way, shutter speed is the amount of time between when you click and when the camera actually takes the picture.) That means that if you only take one picture, you’re not likely to have captured the moment exactly how you wanted it to look. I recommend taking tons of photos, even if they all look like duplicates from a distance. Once you’re done taking pictures, view each one up close, keep the good ones, and trash all the ones that didn’t turn out.

unfiltered; three very similar photos of my sister

Thank you so much for reading! If you’d like to see more tutorials, please comment below on what topics you’d like to see. For now, I’m planning on writing a post about my favorite editing app (Rookie Cam). 😄💕✨ ¡Adiós!

— Maggie

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