Ten Tips For Taking Better iPhone Photos

Since smart-phones and social media are likely to rule this planet soon enough, all of us can hardly refuse the lure of those beautiful photos taken by phones. We’ll never need a high-tech camera to document the stunning scenes and interesting events. All you need is a smart-phone, and of course, some useful tips. These tips for iPhone, especially 6 and 6S, would definitely make your pictures outstanding in the crowd of Instagram and Facebook.

1.Clear the Background


For most time, busy background can be really distracting. If you put the subject into a mess, of course it cannot be effectively displayed. So ask people in front your camera to move around, or change an angle to avoid those unwanted elements. You will find your photos clean and focused.

2.Pay attention to the horizon


To be honest, properly using the iPhone’s built-in camera app, you may get photos with much better quality without any more garish shooting options. As we know, a balanced structure of the image always makes it more pleasing. Buried in Settings, Photos&Camera, you can enable grid lines that overlay a tic-tac-toe grid on your screen. With this useful tool, you can then easily skew the photos, and shoot straight images with your creativity. This is one of the example where the horizon follows “the Rule of Third”.

3.Think twice when using the flash


Sometimes we have to take photos under low-light circumstances, and most iPhones have powerful LED flash. However, it could blow out image details and skew colors and skin tone, making the whole picture exposed to uncomfortable light. If you do need your photos to be brighter, an extra LED light can be a good choice.

4.Use the iPhone camera shortcut


Capturing vivid moment can be a really difficult job, since you cannot always grab your camera on time. But iPhone has this sweet design. Try this shortcut and you can seize the valuable moments in seconds.

5.Turn on HDR Auto


Don’t remember this, a software feature called High Dynamic Range is equipped in your iPhone, or HDR for short. HDR is the best controller that helps you snap photos that may have high contrast light sources and still capture both the bright and the dark scenes, snapping several picture at different exposures then merging them together.

6.Learn to adjust the exposure meter


Different light sources and intensity can ruin your photos easily, but actually you can slide the exposure meter on your iPhone, which is the most easiest thing to do, to brighten or darken the images.Just tap once on the focus and the slider would pop up, so try it now!

7.Avoid digital zoom

Yes, iPhone has this function for you to zoom your picture, but you’d better not use it for taking any satisfying photos. Because when you do this, the image would be bitterly disappointing. If you need to focus the image on your subject, you can take the full resolution image, and then crop it into the desired size.


The digital zoom creates a blurry photo with poor details


The same photo, without zooming, is sharper.

8.Create animated Live Photos

This is a new bonus for iPhone 6s, a nifty feature that approximates the effect of animated GIF.The camera can capture a still photo as well as 1.5 seconds of frames per second video before and after the photo. Try to share a live photo, which is real fun.

9.Freeze action with burst mode

Believe me, you would not want to miss many of the fast running moments of your kids or pets. It cannot be recorded by a single shot, thus you can try to tap and hold on the shutter button,or press and hold the volume up button to fire off a burst.

10.Use the built-in editing tools

Admittedly, the built-in editing tools in iPhone are better than most other phones, and even some other editing apps, so if you make the best use of it, your photos can be promoted greatly. There’s also the magic wand which automatically adjust the images. Tweakers make change in colors. Or for the easiest way, you can slide through a carousel of pre-adjusted options and choose your favorite just by look.

Edit an image's exposure by choosing the look you like or...

Edit an image’s exposure by choosing the look you like or…

...change the exposure by manually entering values.

…change the exposure by manually entering values.

Use these tips and start your journey with stunning photos!