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9 Tips To Instantly Take Better Phone Pictures
01. Wipe Off Your Lens!
Obvious, but very often forgotten. Your iphone camera lens almost always has smudges on it. Get in the habit of wiping it every single time before you take photos. It will DRAMATICALLY improve the quality of your iphone photos. I just use my shirt to wipe it; you can also get a cleaning cloth if you want to get fancy.
Check out the two photos below taken 5 seconds apart. The only difference? Yep, you guessed it. A clean camera lens.
02. Adjust Light & Exposure
Tap the subject of your photo, and you’ll see a sun icon appear on the right of the focus area. You can toggle this up and down to create a lighter/darker image. My advice with this feature is to try to make the exposure of the photo match what you’re seeing with your eyes.
Pro Tip: Tap and hold on the subject of your photo to lock in the exposure. That way it won’t change even if you shift the frame slightly. (This also locks in the focus of the photo.)
03. Enable the Grid
Go to Settings – Camera – and check Grid. You can use the grid to help you frame your shot, for example making sure the horizon and lines of your photo are level. You can also use the grid lines to put the subject of your photo either in the center box, or on one of the intersections of the grid lines. You don’t always have to follow those guidelines precisely, but it’s a great starting point!
04. Adjust Depth & Create Bokeh in Portrait Mode
Bohek is that beautiful, professional blur of the background of your photos. Tap the “f” on the top right of your screen to play around with the depth of your photo. The lower the number, the more blurred your background will be. The higher the number, the more in focus your entire photo will be.
Pro Tip: Did you know that on newer iPhone models, you can adjust the bokeh of your photo AFTER you take it? Open the photo in your camera roll, tap “edit,” then on the top left tap that little oval with the “f” followed by a number (ex: f 4.5). That will open up a depth slider underneath your photo, and you can slide it to adjust the bokeh to your liking and then resave the photo. So cool!
Pro Tip #2: For iPhone X and 11 users, you can shoot Portrait Mode on the front-facing camera, too! Selfie game strong!
05. Capture Movement With Burst Mode
Tap the shutter button and immediately slide it to the left to shoot in Burst Mode. Hold it to the left and it’ll keep shooting until you let go. Then head to your camera roll and the “burst” will show as just a single photo. To select your favorites, tap “select” at the bottom to scroll through all the images in the burst.
Pro Tip: Avoid camera shake during burst mode to keep these photos in focus!
06. Avoid Manual Zoom
1- Take your photo without zoom and crop it later (this is what I did to the photo below)
2- Use the 2x camera zoom (if your iPhone has it)
3- Just walk closer to your subject before taking the photo!
07. Edit With High-Quality Presets
08- Find Your Light
09. Swipe Left on Lock Screen to Open Camera
That’s it, for now! Did you find this helpful? Do you want to know more iPhone photography tips? Let me know in the comments!
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