6 Tips to Better iPhone Photography
October 31, 2021
If you are a business owner, understanding the value of great photography is so important. High-quality, professional photography is always going to perform better than iPhone photography, but we understand that it isn't always accessible. Sometimes, you have to make the most of what you've got! Here are six tips to help you take better iPhone photos…
1. Choose a well-lit room
When it comes to photography, lighting is everything! Even when it comes to iPhone photography, it is still incredibly important. Choosing a well-lit room is the first step to a great photo! Natural light is the best kind of light possible for photos, if you're in an office with no windows or minimal natural light, try and relocate to a lobby or even outdoors to get a great shot!
2. Remove any clutter
Think minimalistic! Beginners in photography often overcomplicate their pictures by having too many details in the scene, distracting the viewer. All you need to create a perfect picture is just one interesting subject. In fact, it is way easier to create a strong composition with one subject in the picture as opposed to one with many. You don't have to worry about the empty space left in the picture with only one subject in the frame as it helps the subject pop out even more. This empty space in photography is referred to as negative space - don't be scared of it!
Before you click the button, scan the scene for any distracting elements. This can be done by changing your viewpoint or moving closer to your subject in order to hide the distracting elements from your photo. Photos with one subject are perfect for sharing on social media platforms such as Instagram and are likely to project better on smaller screens.
3. Turn on live photo mode
This tip applies to iPhone users, but make
sure when you're taking a photo, make sure it's set to 'live mode.' It should
be in the top right corner - it looks like a stack of circles with a dot in the
middle. Live photos are one of Apple's best photography developments! They are very
versatile and really help you to get all the content you need. You can take one
photo and not only choose the best frame but also turn it into a long
exposure, video clip, gif, boomerang & more!
4. Turn the flash off
This tip is dependent on a few different things! If it's nighttime and you're at an event, flash is necessary - don't be afraid of it either! But, if you have access to natural light, that will always render the best photo. Recent generations of the iPhone flash are drastically better than their predecessors, but at the end of the day, the flash is still just an LED light. It isn't very powerful, and it can occasionally emit a strange hue onto your photographs. Instead of using flash, do your best to shoot in natural lighting sources, or if you're shooting at night, use the Camera app's exposure slider to boost light in the photo too.
5. Adjust the exposure
Adjusting exposure is very simple and can make a huge difference in photos! iPhones have made this easy… Once you're in the camera app, tap the screen for the focus box to appear. After you tap the screen to set focus, you'll see a yellow box and a small sun shape appear where you tapped. From here you can hold your finger on the screen and the drag small sun symbol up to add more light into the photo or drag down to darken the photo. If you feel like the photo you're taking is too bright - drag down. If you feel like the photo is too dark - drag up. 9 times out of 10 the image will probably be over-exposed so if you're not certain just play around until it looks right!
6. Take a burst
Taking a burst will ensure that you get the shot you're looking for. Ensure that you capture it perfectly by making sure that burst mode is on, which will take a series of shots, allowing you to pick the best one later. If you are using a pre-iPhone 11 model, just hold your finger down the volume control to shoot continuously. If you are shooting with one of the iPhone 11 models and up, you'll need to swipe left on the shutter button before holding it down to take a series of photos. The number of photos taken will appear in the shutter button!
This allows you to get every piece of action in sequence, this will give you a bunch of action shots to choose from. Head to your camera roll and click on what seems like just one photo. The "select" function will let you scroll through and pick your favorites. You can delete the ones you don't want!
Photography can seem daunting but, even if you've just got an iPhone in hand - you've got the potential for a great shot. Using high quality content will always help your presence on social media. But, if you feel as though you don't have enough high quality images for your business? That's why we're here - the social media experts! We want to help your business grow! We offer photography services, as well as digital advertising and custom content creation. Schedule a consultation with us today to learn more about what we can do for you!
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