The great thing about smartphones is that you can carry an advanced camera with you anywhere you go. It’s portable and more than likely you won’t leave it at home. Pull out the iPhone and go to the camera app and essentially snap a quick, but high quality photo any time, anywhere. While we mostly use our phone cameras as simple “point and shoot”, your iPhone is actually capable of taking very professional photos with just these 5 tips.
- Remember to keep your lens clean. Before taking any photos, just clean your lens. Use whatever you have, a microfiber cloth is usually best. Even a small fingerprint or smudge could ruin your image.
- The iPhone does have auto-exposure and auto-focus but it’s best when you adjust these yourself. Shoot your camera and then tap on the subject of your photo. When you have focus and exposure locked, drag your finger up and down to adjust. This trick is best for outdoor scenes.
- Don’t bother with the HDR mode, you can adjust your image later in a post app. If you are already planning on posting to Instagram, it might be best to use the square mode in your camera app. Focus on getting a great picture and you can do all the fine tuning later.
- Turn off the flash. Unless you’re in a really dark place, don’t use the flash at all. But if light is absolutely necessary, have your friend hold up their flashlight from their phone and direct it towards the subject. The pictures will turn out much better.
- Avoid any zooming if at all possible. When zooming and taking a photo, you run the risk of blurring the image. It’s better to do the zooming in a post app.
Some of the best iPhone post apps are available in the App Store and can be used with almost any version of an iPhone whether it’s lock or an unlocked iPhone. These tips will create wonderful photos and post apps will only perfect them. Take these tips and carry them with you and your smartphone.