A few tips from an amateur to make your iPhone photos the best.  These are suggestions you can use to improve your shots.  Remember, it’s your iPhone camera and you’re in total control.  Take a pic any which way you like because utlimately, you need to satisfy only yourself.

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The iPhone is the cameraHold the phone in front of you with both hands and ‘look’ through the screen to what you are taking a photo of as with any other camera.  Use your iPhone’s view screen to get your photo just right.

Walk closer to zoom – If you want to take something close up actually walk up to it, get close and click. The iPhone loses quality even with a tiny bit of zooming, and becomes grainy and pizelated.  Never use the zoom function.

Give it space – stand back a bit and don’t crowd your subject. If you are trying to capture something or someone as a whole, step back and position the shot with ample margins.

Shoot the same thing a few times – The great thing about digital photography is it allows for a lot of attempts and a lot of mistakes.  Take several shots of the same subject.  But don’t immediately delete the shots you think aren’t any good.  You’ll be surprised that some of the ‘bad’ shots are actually better than the ‘good’ ones.

Rule of thirds – This guideline applies to the process of composing visual images. An image should be imagined as divided into nine equal parts by two equally spaced horizontal lines and two equally spaced vertical lines, and that important compositional elements should be placed along these lines or their intersections. Proponents of the technique claim that aligning a subject with these points creates more tension, energy and interest in the composition than simply centering the subject. Use your iOS grid lines to apply this ‘rule of thirds’ to your photo.

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Light – Light with camera phones is important – the lower the light the more grainy and bad quality it becomes.  Experiment with different light conditions – day, night, overcast, etc.  You’ll be suprised at how the lighting will add drama to your photo.

High resolution – Check out the resolution and picture quality settings – and set them on high.  Remember, if you use the zoom function on your iPhone camera, you’re going to lose quality and pixels.

Keep the camera still – Jitters will make your picture blurred. To keep it still look for something to lean your arm/hand/camera on – this makes a big difference to camera jitters and my phone photos. Keep your hand there for a second after you ‘click’ too just to make sure, in case your phone has a big shutter lag.

Move around – Try shooting from below, or above.  How about to the side?  The thing I love about my phone is that it is small and easy and you can get get really low and point it up.  You’ll be surprised how different angles result in interesting shots.

Faces – Move in real close to capture detail, especially when taking pictures of people of animals.  It’s not all about the landscape with tiny, tiny people in the middle of the shot.


Wipe the lens – The cleaner the lens, the better the image.  Unless, of course, you’re objective is to use the oil layer as a type of filter.

Process & filters – Not all of my phone pictures are processed.  But some are.  I think it’s fun to process some of my photos with app filters.  I know I overdo it, but hey, that’s my preference. Turn on HDR on your iPhone.  Use the filters on the iPhone camera, or even iPhoto.  Plus there’s a ton of photo editing apps on the iPhone Apps Store.

Clutter – Don’t have too much going on in your photo. Choose your subject and take the photo.  However, skip this tip if your subject is clutter.

Challenge yourself – There are photo challenges on the web that asks you to take a specific type of photo. One such site is The Daily Post. Give it a try. It’s fun.


That’s how I take photos with the iPhone.  I hope these tips help you too.  Take photos.  Take a lot of them.



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