Apple offers you a brilliant if not the best camera with its iPhone. Irrespective of any model of the iPhone, its camera is always an added reason to be a rabid fan of the product. It can be said that by now every iPhone user would be familiar with the art of taking photos with their iPhones. But, have they all mastered the art with it?
You need not own a high end Canon or Nikon DSLR to become a skillful photographer. There are some excellent features within the iPhone camera that help you improve your photography skills. All you have to do is explore your iPhone’s camera and utilize it to the fullest. Follow these six tried and tested tips to take skillful pictures using your iPhone.
#1. Turn on the Camera Grid
It is often possible that without your knowledge the photos which you take come out tilted, unless you do it deliberately it becomes a good picture. If you wish to prevent the skewing of photos, then here is a setting that you need to be aware of. To avoid the tilting of photos, switch on the gridlines. It is the easiest way you manage the horizon while composing photos. Earlier you can find this option inside the camera app, but after the update to iOS 8 you must do it externally. All you have to do is go to Settings app and select Photos & Camera. Here, you can find the option to switch the grid on. Now once it is turned on you can see a bunch of lines in the form of grid over the screen of the camera. This will help you take straight pictures with ease.
You can enable grid view by Settings → Photos & Camera → Tap on Grid to Turn it ON
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#2. Use the Rule of Thirds Formula
If you have ever used the iPhone’s grid view to take straighter photos, you may be surprised to know that it also serves yet another purpose. In photography, the rule of thirds is an important term and these gridlines serve as a guide for this rule.
The rule of thirds is concept based on the fact that images come out better when the subject is situated to either of the sides instead of being right in the middle of the scene. This rule suggests that with the subject on one side and with a secondary element of interest on the opposing side, the output photo will be far superior.
Coming back to iPhone’s gridlines, the point where these lines intersect on the grid view is the optimum position to situate your subject in the scene. This rule is more a guideline and it can be superseded once you grasp the rule of thirds concept. However, iPhone’s gridlines get you started one the right path towards getting the basics of photography right without investing in high-end professional cameras.
#3. Turn on the HDR Mode
Have you ever tried turning on the HDR mode while taking photos with your iPhone camera? Try not to miss it, as it is one of the simplest methods to enhance the quality of image. Before knowing what and how it does that, you need to know about dynamic range. It is the efficacy of camera to deliver the darkest and lightest of the photos. It prevents the output image from becoming overexposed or dark.
Located on the top of the camera app, the High Dynamic Range mode effectively combines three exposures, a normal one, a bright one and a dark one, thereby artificially augmenting the dynamic range. It opens up the extreme ends of the brightness spectrum and establishes minute details that you cannot obtain in an image in the standard Auto mode. The resultant photo is just natural and shows no signs of artificial enhancement. Keep in mind to shoot your photos with firm hands as this mode will capture multiple images in rapid sequence.
#4. Avoid Digital Zoom
This is an important trick to make note of it. We highly recommend that you avoid digital zooming. We simply take a photo, zoom it, crop it to make it huge and reduce the distortion of the image. But such photos look pretty soft, the reason being the iPhone does not have the resolution to make digital zoom workable. Just with the slightest zoom you can easily point that out. What we recommend is that instead of digitally zooming the out coming photos, maintain a closer proximity with the object while taking photos. This is a more realistic way of taking photos that will mostly help you take quality photos.
#5. Experiment with Aarious Apps
The perception that iPhone is relatively restrictive in comparison with Android phones may not stick out when it comes to its apps for camera. There are many third-party apps on the App Store that help you become an able photographer, at least with your iPhone. If you are truly passionate about your iPhone camera then use the flexibility that Apple offers. You have splendid apps that help you focus on individual spots and determine metering while taking photos. This modifies the exposure settings, hence controlling the brightness of a photo. Similarly, if you are a fan of silhouette shots, then definitely you need to opt for third-party apps as the default iPhone camera app is not an ideal choice.
#6. Pull an All-nighter with your iPhone
It’s well-known that iPhones have fantastic photo capturing capabilities in daylight, but what about when the light is low? There is a marked difference in photo quality when an iPhone is used for low light photography with low detail and too much distortion. This device is after all a smartphone and not a professional or semi-professional camera, so this fall in performance is wholly expected. However, there is a way to manage decent low light snaps with your iPhone by using a camera app called Pro Camera 8+.
This app allows you to manually adjust the exposure duration and subsequently make use of a mini tripod to prevent your hands from shaking and resulting in a blurred image. Pro Camera 8+ allows you to set exposure times of up to a whopping one second for low light & nighttime photos. Such exposure duration lets you know the length of time for which the shutter stays open for, thereby letting light reach the camera sensor. The more time it stays open for, the more light your iPhone’s sensor gets to convert it into an image. It is highly recommended to use a tripod when trying out such longer exposure times.
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