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Taking photos with the iPhone camera: tips for better pictures

Of course, the iPhone is limited and can’t provide all the creative features which a Digital Single Lens Reflex with interchangeable lenses can. But some days, carrying bulky camera gear is impossible, so the iPhone provides a great alternative. You still have an amazing camera in your pocket! Here are some tips to use it!

  • Clean the lens regularly. Seriously. You’ve been throwing this phone in and out of your pocket or bag, and you’ve been holding it with your thumb over the camera. You wouldn’t do that to a regular camera, right?
 
  • Head to Settings > Camera > Grid to see a grid overlay while you shoot your images. The overlay follows the “rule of thirds,” which splits an image into nine sections. However, you can also use the grid to maintain a straight horizon, find and adhere to leading lines (lines that lead the viewer to your subject), and align your composition with the other vertical lines in a scene.
 
  • All iPhones tend to perform best when you use the standard wide camera, denoted by the “1x” label. These lenses have wider apertures, which means better low-light performance and softer “bokeh” or depthof-field effects. Getting close to your subject and shooting with your strongest lens is a simple recipe for capturing high-quality images.
 
  • Burst mode is the best way to capture high-quality still images of action. To use Burst mode, simply tap and hold the shutter button. Your device will continue to shoot photos until the buffer runs out.
 
  • Long exposures on an iPhone? It’s a lot easier than you might think. Use live photos! After you shoot your Live Photos, head to the Photos app and tap the image you’d like to convert to a long exposure. Swipe up to reveal the “Effects” panel, tap “Long Exposure,” and then wait. Your device generates the image based on the additional data captured in the Live Photo.
 
  • Portrait mode uses depth-sensing technology to detect a subject’s edges and blur the background to apply a simulated depth-of-field effect. You can also use it to apply a variety of simulated lighting effects post- and pre-shoot. If you have an iPhone 11, you can shoot more than portraits in this mode. The iPhone 11 includes expanded support to use Portrait mode for pictures of pets and inanimate objects.
 
  • Did you know Apple’s photo filters are all non-destructive? This means you can tap the Filters button at the top of the Camera app, apply any filter, and then shoot as many images as you want without committing to that filter.
 
  • If you love to take photos with your iPhone, you might benefit from a few accessories. At the top of the list is a tripod or tripod adapter.
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