How to take amazing photos with your iPhone
The iPhone is the single most popular camera out there, with people taking countless photos with it every day. And it's a stunningly powerful camera, capable of taking amazing photos with the press of a button.
But with a few simple tips and tricks, you can upgrade your photography to the next level, and transform good photos into amazing photos.
The single best tip for taking better photos
OK, are you ready for the single best tip for taking better photos? I promise you it is simple, and will make a massive difference to your photography.
OK, now I've hyped this up, here's the tip... use the volume up button to take the shot, not the on-screen button.
Why does this help you take better photos? Because it allows you to have a better hold of the camera, so there's less camera shake and you get to better compose the shot.
I know it's simple, but give it a go!
Quick access to the camera from the lock screen
How fast you get access to the camera can make the difference between getting the shot and missing the shot.
If you're iPhone is locked, there's a quick way to access the camera that doesn't entail unlocking the handset and finding the Camera app.
All you need to do is swipe left from the lock screen and that gives you instant access to the camera.
Use HDR is bright lighting
Taking a photo in bright light can result in areas that are blown out and others that are too dark. HDR (High Dynamic Range) overcomes this by taking three shots at different exposures and combining them to even out the extremes.
You can turn this on, off (you might not always want it on, especially if you are trying to make a stylish shot), or set it to manual by tapping the HDR button in the Camera app.
Don't just take one shot and hope that it was right. If you press and hold down the capture button you can activate burst mode, which takes a stream of photos.
This is great for situations where there's a lot going on or you're taking a group shot and want to make sure that everyone is smiling and have their eyes open!
Experiment with Portrait Mode
Portrait Mode (assessibe by tapping on Portrait at the bottom of the Camera app screen) is a neat way to get an interesting depth of field effect that would otherwise require expensive cameras and lenses.
But it can take some getting used to, so I suggest that you experiment with this feature before you try to use it to take real shots, as the results can be a bit unpredictable!
Optical zoom vs. Digital zoom
Cameras have two different kinds of zoom -- optical zoom, which is the zoom carried out by the lens, and digital zoom which is a computer trick that essentially crops the photo smaller.
The best zoom you can have is optical. Digital zoom, especially at higher zoom settings, can cause image deterioration.
Depending on how many rear cameras your iPhone has you many have 1x or 1x and 2x zoom available, but if you tap and raise the zoom button you can access digital zoom. But remember that this can make the image seem grainy at higher zoom levels.
Lean to process your image
Photography doesn't end after you've pressed the shutter... you can then process the image you've captured to get the most out of it.
Find the image in the Photos app, tap Edit, and tap the little dial icon at the bottom of the scree to access a whole raft of settings you can edit.
There's a lot to these settings, but if the image is too bright you can take down the highlights, and if parts of it are too dark, you can open up the shadows. And fo images that are a little flat and colorless, you can experiment with the color settings.
How to take better overhead shots
When you take a photo of something from overhead you might notice that two Xs appear on the screen.
What do these do?
Simple. When these overlap, you know that you're holding the camera directly overhead whatever you are photographing.
Settings you might want to tweak
Here are three settings I suggest you activate in iOS.
Go to Settings > Camera and activate the Grid, Auto HDR, and Keep Normal Photo (this means that when an HDR photo is taken, a normal photo is also saved).
Experiment with third-party apps
Add an extra lens
Another great way to make the iPhone's camera better is to add an extra external lens. There are a countless offerings out there, from budget to expensive.
One of the best available are made by Olloclip, which make a number of different lenses, from wide angle to zoom.