Top tips for better iPhone photos

May 17, 2018

When on a Life’s An Adventure Pack Free walking holiday you’re going to see some awe-inspiring scenery. From the Kimberley’s timeless gorges to the mind blowing rock stacks on the Three Capes walk – and everything in between. And we know you’re going to want to get the best photos.

Now, pretty much everybody on Earth takes photos with their iPhones but without a basic understanding of composition, light and technique you’ll be deleting most of those photos instead of sharing them with your friends and family.

 

So use these tips to get the best photos with your iPhone possible…

  1. Switch on the HDR (High Definition Range) at the top of the camera app to bring out more details in your shot. It takes three photos in quick succession – a normally exposed one, a bright one and a dark one – so you’ll need a steady hand, or perhaps a tripod.
  2. Use the camera grid to help you get the composition right (the rule of thirds). You’ll have to go into settings to turn this on.
  3. Don’t assume you have to shoot from chest height (where you’d naturally hold the phone), find different angles instead. If you’re taking photos of your kids, for example, get down to their level.
  4. Don’t miss sunrises or sunsets. The perfect time of the day for photography is dawn and dusk before the light becomes quite hash
  5. Experiment with the exposure – if you tap the screen while you’re lining your shot up, the camera will focus on that point and adjust the exposure accordingly.
  6. Try to avoid using the digital zoom, which often makes the final picture look soft and blurry, and get closer to your subject instead.
  7. The iPhone’s camera works best in good lighting conditions, so be aware of the light around you. And remember, many iPhone photographers don’t recommend using the flash.
  8. Use two hands for stability when taking the photo – iPhones are designed to be light, but they can still move when you’re getting your photo.
  9. There are plenty of photography apps out there that’ll give you more features to play with, like Camera+ and Pro Camera 7, so try them out and find one or two that work well for you.
  10. There are also iPhone accessories coming into the market, like tripods and lenses that sit over the top of the phone’s lens, that you might want to consider.
  11. If you’re using filters to edit your photos, don’t just go for the preset options. Manually adjust the contrast, brightness and other options for a better result…and a skill that you can use when editing a shot you took with your DSLR.
  12. Your iPhone can take usually detailed photo so try close-up shots of interesting objects on your walk
  13. Charge your phone every night when you return to your excellent accommodation.
  14. Keep your camera in a protective case. Just in case…
  15. Be creative and have fun! Think of different ways to showcase a scene – play with angles, movement, light and shadows – even shooting into the sun, something old cameras could never do.