iPhone Photoraphy Tips and Tricks
Have you heard of a powerful old adage: The number one camera is the one you have with you. Nowadays, the camera many individuals have with them is their mobile. Even though I have a nice DSLR, almost all of the photographs in my portfolio have been taken with my iPhone. Here are some secrets to help in taking better photos with your iPhone or any other mobile device.
1. Fully grasp and additionally accept the camera’s limitations
The iPhone is not going to capture a close-up of the unless you are using a special zoom lens designed for iPhones.
While the iPhone has gotten quite a bit better at taking pictures in low-light situations, it’s still not the best so be certain that you’ve got good light for your subject. I furthermore recommend keeping the flash off all of the time and manually turning it on whenever you think you may need it.
2. Remember to keep the camera sturdy
Lock your elbows to and hold the iPhone alongside both hands about 12 inches from your face. I normally twist my hips somewhat, bend my knees slightly and also transfer my weight a little on my back leg. Making certain the camera doesn’t jiggle is key to a good photo. Take the picture using the thumb; don’t stab at it with your finger. This is a bit much less difficult in iOS 5 as soon as you can use the volume buttons to snap images.
If you can shell out a little money for an iPhone tripod, you won’t be disappointed and will noticed the difference in the quality of your pictures.
I additionally recommend getting the Apple bumper case to assist you get a grip. A naked iPhone is really slippery. Ignoring this tips and advice my self, I virtually subjected my iPhone up to a fall from a rooftop taking a picture when it jumped from my own hand.
3. Get their heads together
The iPhone is great for taking candid shots. The problem is, most people aren’t good at having their pictures taken. When taking pictures of a happy couple, make sure their heads are touching. If you don’t it’ll look there’s a space between their heads you can drive a truck through. If you’re taking pictures of an unhappy couple, make sure you goad them and really get them going. You’ll get a much better picture when they’re swinging at each other.
Basically, just do your best to get your subjects closer together than you think you need to in any situation.
4. Your feet are the best zoom
You know that slider that lets you set the zoom level on your iPhone? Forget it exists. If you need to get closer to your target, walk. Ok, if you’re at the ball park you’ll need to stop at the railing. The digital zoom is a zoom of last resort. Because it’s a digital zoom and not an optical zoom, you’re going to get some pixelation. Like I said earlier, if you’re trying to capture a quick memory, work with what you’ve got and don’t sweat it. But if you have an extra couple of seconds, just put one foot in front of the other until you’re close enough.
5. Free yourself of the default camera app
The stock camera app is great for taking basic pictures and I have no hate for the default app; it occupies the place of honor in my upper left-hand corner. It’s not, however, always the best tool for the job. There are three apps I recommend to help you take better pictures.
- Camera + ($1.99) If you’re at all serious about taking better iPhone pictures, I can’t recommend Camera + enough. It has a grid for framing your shots, a timer, and the ability to stabilize and take burst shots. There are also a slew of filters you can apply after you’ve snapped your shot. Depending on your viewpoint, the fact that images are stored in Camera+’s own lightroom-style sandbox until you export is either good or bad. Bad if you keep forgetting to export it. Good if you’re a congressman still getting the hang of Twitter, and want yet another chance to review your shots before sending them anywhere.
- Synthcam (free) I first heard about this from Andy Ihnatko when it was his pick on MacBreak Weekly. It’s an interesting idea: instead of using the high-resolution still camera, Synthcam uses the lower-resolution video camera to take a long-exposure shot (you can choose how long). It then determines what moved during the exposure and what didn’t, and performs some kind of magic to make a crisp image of the static components. What this does is give you the ability to take pictures in low light without a lot of noise. I haven’t tested it much, but for free you can’t go wrong.
- just.SelfTimer (free) If you read the title of this app and thought it would be a self-timer camera app… well, you’d be correct. This app isn’t going to necessarily help you take better pictures, but it will help make sure you’re in more of them. The app will take a picture on 3, 5, or 10 second countdown. One benefit to using an app like this is when you hand your iPhone to someone to take a picture of you. Instead of explaining where to press (and have them jiggle the camera), you can set the timer, hand it to them, and strike your pose.
- Facebook Camera I have yet to try this app out. It was just launching as I was finishing this article. If you have a review of the Facebook Camera App for iPhones, please leave a comment with your thoughts.