Whether it’s sharing something on social media, promoting work online or capturing memories - the camera is one of the most-used functions on our mobiles.
The iPhone camera is capable of producing professional-quality images, but do you know how to get the best out of it?
Here are ten tips for photographing with your iPhone:
Keep two hands holding your phone steady by using the timer function or volume buttons to take a photo. Particularly helpful for selfies.
This places a three-by-three grid over your image so you use the “rule of thirds” method to place the significant elements of your photo at the intersection of the lines. The technique is said to create more tension, energy and interest than simply centering your subject.
Great for photographing a wriggling baby or pet, capturing bursts of several photos means you’re more likely to achieve the image you want.
Change your perspective to make the photo more interesting. Try taking photos from the ground looking up, or by focusing down from an elevated position to mix things up.
If indoor lighting is giving everything a yellow tinge, adjust the white balance in your photos to cool down or warm up the colours. Select the appropriate balance in Photographic Styles.
The lines of things like walls, paths or tunnels draw a viewer’s attention to the point they lead to and can create depth in a photo if they connect the foreground with the background.
Portrait mode can blur the background to focus on a person or object you’ve tapped on - drawing the viewer’s eye to the subject and away from any unwanted surroundings. You can also apply different lighting options to give a face dramatic shadows or spotlight it against a black background.
Low light environments can be captured effectively in the iPhone’s automatic Night Mode but you’ll need to have a steady hand or use a tripod because a photo can take several seconds to take in this mode.
If you don’t like how the camera has automatically set the exposure, you can adjust it manually by tapping the screen.
A tripod, Nolii’s Set Battery, clip-on lenses or a mini LED light can all enhance your experience of capturing professional-quality photos. You can also use third-party apps to edit your images, including removing unwanted elements using TouchRetouch and capturing moving subjects as motion blurs and light trail with Slow Shutter Cam.