As a social media marketer, part of the gig requires taking photos straight from my iPhone. But what’s the secret to taking amazing iPhone pictures?
Over the years, I have learned numerous tricks to elevate my iPhone photography game, from simple setting changes to thinking-outside-the-box angles. In this blog, I’ll share my top 5 iPhone tips to help you take your pictures to the next level.
Let’s get started!
Follow the Rule of Thirds
What is it? It’s a guideline practiced by photographers, videographers and designers that suggest a subject be placed within a third of the frame. Doing so creates a visually appealing image for the audience.
To achieve this, you can activate a 3×3 grid on your iPhone by going to “Settings,” scrolling down to “Camera” and turning on the “Grid” option. Then, place your subject on or as close to one of the four line intersections as possible.
Focus the Subject
No one likes a blurry picture. Focusing on your subject is one of the most important rules when it comes to capturing photos.
Lucky for us, iPhone cameras make it extremely easy to focus our shot. Simply tap on the subject until you see the yellow “AE/AF Lock” rectangle appear. This means your auto exposure and focus are now set, regardless of your phone’s movement.
Adjust the Brightness
The only thing worse than a blurry photo is a picture with terrible lighting. As much as I wish I could fix the lighting everywhere I go, realistically that’s just not possible.
So what’s the next best option? Adjust the brightness displayed on your screen by tapping on your current subject and scrolling the little yellow sun to the top for additional brightness or to the bottom to darken the frame.
Experiment with Angles
Most people prefer photos to be taken at eye level, but that doesn’t give the shot any depth.
Step outside of your comfort zone and get creative with your angles. Bend down low to the ground, stand on top of a ladder (make sure it’s sturdy), tilt your phone a bit, or take a few steps in for detailed close-up.
Note: A higher angle will result in the subject appearing shorter or smaller. The lower the angle the taller or larger the subject will seem.
Use the Volume Button to Take a Picture
Sometimes we are so focus on getting the perfect photo that moving a finger or two could unbalance our shot. That’s when this tip comes in handy.
iPhones give us the option to snap a photo by holding the volume button on the side. This makes it so much easier to quickly frame and capture your shot.
Now go out there and shoot! Get creative, enjoy yourself and try new things!
If photography isn’t much of your forte then call our team of skilled social media marketers at (559) 438-2180 for assistance.
–Xitlaly Ocampo, Outreach Coordinator