How to Take Better iPhone Photos

Karina Louise taking iPhone photo

With the official release of the new iPhone 5S and 5C slated for today, and people lining up for hours to get their hands on one, I thought it might be just the right time to post a few iPhone photography tips. As a professional photographer in San Francisco, of course my official view on cell phone photography is that you maintain more control, quality and flexibility of style with a DSLR camera like the Nikon I use for my photo shoots. But, as an iPhone user and a regular on-the-go Bay Area person, I also understand how impractical it is to break out a professional camera to capture those everyday moments. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of that camera in your pocket.

Adjust Exposure. If the photo looks too dark, just tap on the darkest part of the screen and the whole shot will lighten up. Play around with it until the photo is lit to your liking.

Don’t zoom in while taking a photo. This decreases quality. Either crop the photo afterwards or move closer to whatever you are shooting.

Take a bunch of photos. Don’t expect each pic to be perfect on the first shot. Try taking 3 or 4 or 10 photos the next time you go to take a picture. This is a good idea especially if the photo includes people. Just make sure you go back and delete all but the best ones or you’ll have way too many photos to dig through later.

Don’t forget “The Rule of Thirds”. Try turning the grid on your iPhone screen and start playing around with the rule of thirds. (It’s in the Options tab of the shooting screen.) Instead of positioning your subject in the middle of the screen try putting them/it where two of the gridlines intersect. This is definitely a rule that can be broken, but is a good place to start if you’re unsure of how to frame your shot.

Download the VSCO App. If you want to get fancy and adjust the various levels and colors of your photos this is the best app that I’ve used. It’ll take a little playing around with, but will end up providing you with much higher quality photos.

Keep the flash off. Unless it’s very dark it will only make the photo look overexposed and generally not as well done.

For some more fun tips check out this article from Mortal Muses