How to Take Great Photos with Your iPhone

It’s hard not to take a decent photo with your iPhone these days. The iPhone 4S and 5 are equipped with 8 megapixel cameras which are far better than some lower-end point and shoot cameras. However, sometimes clicking that capture button isn’t all there is to it. Here are 8 simple tips to help you get the best photos from your iPhone!

Keep Your Lens Clean

Using a microfiber polishing cloth is the best way to go about ensuring there are no smudges on your lens. Most smartphones come with a microfiber cloth to clean the screen, so you can also use them to clean off your lens. Don’t use a tissue as it could scratch your lens.

Use the Grid Option

This generally helps with the rule of thirds, where you can line up your subjects to make your photos more balanced. Simply open up the camera app, tap Options and turn on the Grid function and click Done. The grid lines will appear on the screen as you snap photos, but they won’t show up in finished pictures themselves.

Use the Right Flash Setting

As with all photos, knowing when to use the flash setting is really important to the outcome of the photo. The general rule is to turn on your flash on when it’s dark, or when you’re outdoors with harsh shadows. Remember that the iPhone’s flash setting is only effective on subjects within 15 feet of you.

Turn on the HDR Setting

HDR stands for high dynamic range and it is an option that takes three photos at different exposures and combines them to create a more natural looking photo. This is definitely a useful setting for users who like to take photos of landscapes and people.

Focus and Exposure

Even though the iPhone does a great job of autofocusing, you can also try using the manual focus option. Simply tap on the part of the image you want to focus on. If you want to try a more advanced method, use auto exposure/auto focus lock. This is a handy way to keep your camera at the same settings for several different shots.

To enable autofocus/autoexposure, you click on the screen just like autofocus, but you also hold the part of the screen that you want to focus on for about three seconds. Release to save the settings and look for the AE/AF Lock text on the bottom of your camera’s screen, as shown in the screenshot above. To clear the lock, tap the screen again, and the iPhone will auto focus again.

Have a Focal Point

Find something interesting in the image you want to take. Either focus on a person, or an interesting part of the scenery or landscape and have all the other elements of the image draw your eye to the focal point.

Try Different Angles

The best way to get creative looking photos is to try to change up the angles. Try tilting your phone at an angle, or taking the photo from a bird’s eye view or an ant’s eye view.

The Golden Hour

When you’re trying to take outdoor photos, natural light is one of the most important factors that you have to take into account. The Golden Hour refers to those dawn and dusk periods when the sunlight is softer and less direct, giving you an image without harsh shadows.

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The Glyde Team