Four Steps to Better iPhoneography
Your mobile phone is a remarkable piece of technology. Think about all that you use it for— then further consider all that processing power available in less than 8 ounces, and less than half an inch thick. Wow, amirite?
Pre-tutorial question for you: What’s the best camera you should be using?
Not-so-obvious answer: the one you already have with you all the time.
Those who have any one of the latest iPhone models are the proud owners of highly advanced point and shoot cameras with not one, but three super-fast lenses and impressive dynamic range. The creative possibilities are limitless with the camera on this thing!
If you’ve been unsatisfied with the photos you’ve taken with your iPhone or another mobile phone, I hate to break it to you but it’s probably not the camera. Today’s phone cameras are nothing short of awesome, but even the most superb of tools can be limited by the skills of their wielders.
Better photos with your phone
To get the most out of your mobile phone’s camera and get better at iPhoneography, keep the following tips in mind!
Focus on your subject
The beauty of touchscreens is that most of the time, what you see is what you’re going to get, so getting the focus right is one of the easiest challenges. Don’t leave the auto-focus to chance, and make sure you tap where you want your phone’s camera to focus.
Leading the eye
When framing your shot, look for lines that lead the viewer’s eye from one part of your photo to another.
Follow the rules
The rule of thirds, that is.
If it’s not already on, head to your iPhone’s settings and turn on the camera grid. The Rule of Thirds deserves an entire resource all its own, so I’ll leave you with these quick tips:
- Line up the main focal point of your subject with one of the points of intersection on the grid.
Feel free to edit
Having unlimited access to a super-powerful device like an iPhone means you can run programs 100x more advanced than what you could have run on a full-size desktop computer just a two short decades ago. There are a lot of editing apps available— we recommend these two, both of which are freemium— free to use with premium upgrades available.
Practice (and presets ✨) make perfect!
- Lightroom CC – iOS or Google Play
- Psst! Our Lightroom Presets can be used with Lightroom CC for Mobile.
Remember: Make Time to Practice
Now grab your phone, find a subject, and put these iPhoneography tips to the test!
Got questions about any of these photography tips? Comment below! I love sharing my knowledge about photography and help people get better at capturing their everyday memories. 😊📷