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Mitchell Lindsey


April 16, 2013

10 Tips On How To Take Better Pictures With Your iPhone

Nowadays, just about everyone is a photographer. This is due to the fact that just about EVERYONE has an iPhone.

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The iPhone’s camera really can make a very nice looking picture if you know how to use it right. Here are several photo tips on how to take better pictures with your iPhone and be the king of Instagram.

Tip 1: Zoom With Your Feet!

Never, ever, ever, ever think about zooming with the little slider at the bottom of your screen. This is the quickest way to ruin your picture. The iPhone may have a good camera built in, but as soon as that slider moves, you can kiss your image quality goodbye.

Tip 2: Turn On Your Grid Lines

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Grid Lines are extremely helpful when using an iPhone. This divides your picture into 9 equal boxes and really helps you with your composition. Compose your image using the law of thirds and you are sure to have an interesting picture.

Tip 3: Use Two Hands

Sure the iPhone is light and thin, but it still can move while you are taking a picture. Use two hands whenever you are taking a picture. Keep your arms in close and rest them on your body to stabilize yourself. Rest your iPhone on something sturdy if possible. Also, don’t forget that you can push the + button on the side of your iPhone to release the shutter.

Tip 4: Learn AE/AF Lock

AE/AF lock can be turned on by tapping on the screen where you want to focus on/ expose for, and then holding down till the box bounces twice. This means that the place that you tapped on is where the camera focuses on and exposes for, and no matter where you move the camera those settings stay the same. This is good for backlit subjects. Say you wanted to take a better picture of 2 people, and the sun was at their back. If you just took the picture, chances are it would be way too dark because your phone exposed for the sun. If you lock the exposure on the people, they would be properly exposed and if you move around a little, no worries, they will still be well lit.

Tip 5: Use HDR For Pictures Of Landscapes

HDR has to deal with the last photo tip. It takes the exposures from different pictures and pastes them together to make a better-lit image. If take a picture with the HDR setting, your iPhone will take 3 pictures very quickly and paste them together to give you a better lit image. Don’t move when you do this. You will get a blurry image. Master Tip 3.

Tip 6: Look For Good Light!

Nobody likes to take a picture with the sun blaring right in his or her eyes. Also, nobody likes to look at those pictures. The harsh light from the sun can either cause harsh shadows all over someone’s face or wash all of the shadows out. Keep the sun at their back or stay in the shade. The pictures will definitely look better.

Tip 7: Download Camera+ photo tips

Camera + is an incredible camera photo app. You can control the exposure and focus points independently, it has a self-timer, burst mode, stabilizer and a level. It’s got it all. It’s a must have. Leave the default camera at home and use the photo app, Camera+.

Tip 8: Download Snapseed

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Snapseed is a free photo-editing app made by Google and is the best one that I have come across. The amount of things that you can do in this app is incredible. It is also super easy to use. You swipe up and down to choose which effect you want. You swipe left to right to choose the intensity of that effect. You can also export straight from Snapseed to Instagram.

Tip 9: Don’t Use Instagram Filters.

I hate hate hate Instagram filters. Every single picture on Instagram looks the same. Have some individuality and make your picture yours. Edit in Snapseed and come up with your own picture and put it on Instagram without a filter. Set yourself apart from everyone else and develop your own style. People will notice a difference.

Tip 10: Break Every Single Rule (sometimes)

In Photography there are no absolutes. This means, nothing is right and nothing is wrong. Don’t be afraid to take everything that I just told you to do and not to do and do the opposite. Take a blurry picture of someone running. Underexpose a picture and make it a silhouette. Zoom with the slider and get some artsy grain. Take an extremely bright, harsh shadow picture in the sun. Put the subject right in the middle of your frame. Do whatever and make an exception to the rule every now and then. The only thing you can’t do is use an Instagram filter.

Keep shooting and shoot raw!

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About the Author » Mitchell is a Freshman at Mississippi State University majoring in Business Administration and getting a Minor in Photography. Visit his website for pricing and ordering prints:

Original Article » 10 Tips On How To Take Better Pictures With Your iPhone

  • Jennifer Personette

    Thanks for these tips. Some of them I already knew but I’m not doing so they were great reminders. BTW, it took me at least five minutes to figure out what “focus with your feet” means! I even had to ask others in the office — several were also stumped:) ha ha

    • Alex Shamy

      Took me a second too, Jennifer! Important rule though, the zoom feature really makes things grainy :/

  • jochambersJo

    Great article, thank you so much – it’s nice to be able to set oneself apart from all the standard photos being taken with the iphone! Downloading apps as we speak.

    • Alex Shamy

      Good stuff, Jo! Would love to see what these tips produce – do you have an instagram account?

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  • Cristina Sierra

    Great article – Mitchell, would you consider doing a post on my blog detailing how to take great pictures of kids with an iPhone? If so, let me know (@nevermissgift). Either way I really enjoyed your post and tweeted it out. I love great advice / suggestions for people on the go!

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  • Praverb

    This is a great post Mitchell. I learned about Camera+ and Snapseed and I downloaded Snapseed. Thank you for this information.

    • Krystal

      Wicked! What a great read.. This is some really good information. One of
      the best articles I have seen on the topic by far.
      My company has been tossing around the idea of expanding on a few
      additional company business accounts for many weeks now, but we could
      not decide if it would be worth the time and effort to get it up and
      running. The main concern is that we already juggle around many
      different accounts… More than we can keep up with sometimes. Some of
      what you mentioned near the end (is the brand appealing, do we have time
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      than just targeting random users don’t have any interest in our
      services. Thanks for the useful tips!.

  • Nicole

    I downloaded snapseed and I love it! Thanks for the recommendations!

  • Tiana

    Thank you for that 🙂 Photo Editor- is great too 🙂

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  • Henry James

    A picture is worth than thousands words. Photography is indeed the best way to express your feelings and depicts the era. I love photography and look over the web for finding useful stuff for the same. I came across your blog and really found a useful info about taking pictures on iphone. Thanks for the wonderful share!

  • criegger

    Corrode, good catch! I just corrected that pesky, little issue. 🙂

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  • Regan Walker

    I was looking for help to take good pics with my new iPhone 5s and these looked to be helpful however you did not give directions for accessing some of the features. A screen shot or a good description would have helped. As it was, you only sent me off to search other sites.

  • baby fox

    Have you tried Pixlr Express+ ? I love it and it fits my style a ton. It has things like color splash, sharpening, focal points, and all sorts of free overlays and “filters” you can add after you take the picture. But that’s just my opinion.

  • J.Ferdous

    Grid lines really works for me to take the perfect shot using my iPhone. I was not aware of the other factors that you have mentioned here.Thank you for this and I will keep that in mind now before taking pictures.

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  • Robbie Wojdyla

    Tip 10 is amazing!