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Another 7 Tips And Tricks For iPhotography (Part 2)

Earlier this week we brought you a post that focused on the first in our two-part series geared towards tips and tricks to help you iPhotography skills. Today we bring you the second part, and the conclusion of our post.

The iPhone Lens

If you haven’t already done so, then it will be worth reading through the 7 Tips and Tricks for iPhotography, before we continue with our 8th tip here.

Keep Your iPhone Dry

This one is self-explanatory. There are waterproof cases that can protect your iPhone and still make it usable. If it does get wet, say by being in the laundry machine, placing it in a bag of uncooked rice will help, as it draws out the moisture from the insides of the phone.

Look for New And Exciting Shots

Changing angles and looking for good reflections like mirrors, lakes, the ocean, or shiny metal can all create interesting images.

Use Soft Light

The iPhone is great for shooting portraits. Because it’s small, the iPhone isn’t as intimidating as a large camera or lens, which can cause subjects to freeze. Rembrandt lighting is the light streaming in from a window and is you use it as the main source it will create a natural look. Also, remember to take several pictures of your subject and try to put them at ease in order to capture that perfect expression you’re looking for.

Three Ways To Release The Shutter

You can release the shutter in a multiple of ways: the volume control button on the side of the iPhone, the volume control button on Apple’s own headphones, and the on-screen shutter button. Each of these can be used in different scenarios.

The volume control offers an ergonomically superior method of taking a photo, allowing you to hold the camera nice and steady to avoid shaking.

The volume control on the headphones cable is a little-known method used to take a photo. It allows distance between yourself and the subject, something that may be necessary if you are taking pictures of small animals and birds

The on-screen shutter button is a brilliant tool if you need to capture a photo at a precise moment. You can place and hold your finger on the button on the screen until the exact time you are ready to take the photo. Once the time comes, simply release your finger and the shutter will activate. There may be a slight delay if the flash is being used.

Use Grid Lines

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.

Learn AE/AF Lock

Turn on AE/AF lock by tapping on the screen where you want to focus on and continuing holding until the box bounces twice. This is where the camera focuses on and exposes for, and no matter where you move the camera those settings will stay the same. This is great for backlit subjects, ensuring they are properly exposed.


HDR takes the exposures from three different pictures and pastes them together to make a better-lit image. Be sure not to move, as this may result in a blurry image.

With these tips and hints, you will be able to take great looking iPhone pictures, ensuring the memories you capture look beautiful.