Great tips to take amazing photos with your iPhone camera

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It wasn’t too long ago that taking quality pictures required a legitimate camera and local photo center to print the photos. But with the proliferation of smartphones equipped with decent cameras, that is no longer the case. While your iPhone camera won’t match up with something like this, it is more than adequate for taking great photos. 

Great tips to take amazing photos with your iPhone camera

Here are great tips to take amazing photos with your iPhone camera.

1. Follow the rule of thirds
Your iPhone has a grid option available, which can aid you in lining up photographs so that they follow the rule of thirds. You can turn this option on by visiting Settings > Photos & Camera and enabling the Grid switch.

You can keep it on at all times, so that it's there as an aid and a reminder, but you can switch it off at any time by returning to the Photos & Camera preference screen.

2. Try a lower angle
Shooting from a low angle will help achieve a unique vantage point. Instead of shooting a subject at the same level, shooting from a low angle brings a different focus to the subject and instantly makes it more interesting and more compelling.

3. Use Burst Mode
If you are moving or trying to capture a moving object Burst Mode is the best way to get a great, or a bunch of great shots. On your iPhone, hold down the capture button and it will take a rapid succession of photos until you release the capture button. You can select the best photo or create a cool sequencing collage of them all.

4. Keep it simple
Trying to capture too much in one shot will leave you with a poorly focused image. Instead, focus on one or two items and keep them in proper framing. This will lead to a substantially more powerful and professional looking photo.

5. Use the Camera shortcut
To quickly access the camera, slide up from the Camera icon on the lock screen. Sometimes all it takes is a few seconds and you can miss the chance to capture a really great shot. Using the Camera shortcut makes it super easy and quick to take a photo.

6. Tap to focus
If you're trying to shoot macro photography or want to prevent your iPhone's camera from attempting to grab a different subject in the frame, it can be incredibly useful to lock your focus point on your current subject. If you are trying to focus on something in your photo you can tap on the screen to auto focus on that area. A yellow square will appear wherever you tap, signifying the area of focus. You can also slide the sun icon up and down to adjust the brightness.

7. Avoid zoom
Pinching in on the screen with your fingers will Zoom. Zooming in on an image does bring it closer but it also reduces the quality of the image. Rather than pinching to zoom, move as close as possible to the subject. Now, if you are taking pictures of lions you can crop the image after the fact to make it appear larger.

8. Turn off your flash
The “flash” on your iPhone is sub par at best. The flash on a real camera may suffice to create enough light to improve the image quality in a poorly lit situation, but the iPhone LED flash is small and weak and won’t get you what you are looking for. Instead, try to use natural lighting or room lighting whenever possible. If there is a lamp, fire, or sunlight use it to your advantage and you’ll be surprised at some of the cool photos you will create.

9. Snap photos with the volume button
I would also recommend using the volume up button instead of the digital shutter button in the Camera app as that can end up shaking or blurring photos.

Because the iPhone is so thin, tapping the digital shutter button can cause camera shake and blur the photo you're trying to take. Instead, you can use the volume up button when in the Camera app to snap a photo and avoid camera shake entirely.

10. Use third-party apps
There are so many third-party applications for your iPhone camera that I could write a whole other article about them. While your iPhone camera is good, there are apps available that will greatly improve your photo game. Check out, Over, VSCO Cam, AfterFocus, and Hipstamatic for just a few essential third-party iPhone camera apps.

These tips will help keep you at the top of your iPhone photography game. There are endless ways to create the perfect picture, but these 12 tips will help even the most novice iPhone user take higher quality photos.

11. Use HDR when appropriate
HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. Essentially, your iPhone takes three photos, each with a different exposure and focus on the shadows and the lighted areas of the image. It will then automatically produce a single photo that it believes captures the right range of light and dark exposure.

You should use the HDR function when you are taking an image of landscapes, have different lighting across your subject, or are in low-light. The built-in HDR is okay, but if you really want to see what HDR can do, you’ll want to try Pro HDR or apps similar to it.

*Let us know which tips is the most helpful for you in the comment section.