25 iPhone Photography Tips

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iPhone photography is getting more and more popular in 2022, especially after the most recent updated product releases.

Whether you have the latest iPhone Pro models or one of the earlier editions (like me!), the most important thing is that you’re taking photos with your smartphone.

After all, it’s far more enjoyable to simply pull your phone out of your pocket to capture a photo, instead of unpacking all your camera gear from your bag.

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Your phone is also most likely to be the camera you have on you every single day… and that, after all, is the best camera you could wish for!

In this guide, I’ve included a mixture of tips for beginners and more advanced ones too. (If you’re interested to learn many more, check this popular course out.)

Let’s take a look at 25 iPhone Photography tips that can significantly improve your mobile photos.25 Top iPhone Photography Tips for 2022 1. Get fast access to your iPhone camera

Let’s start with something nice and simple!

One of the greatest advantages of using the camera on your smartphone is that it’s always so easy to access… but did you know there’s a shortcut you can use to activate it? 

Sometimes when it’s really crucial to capture a moment there’s no time to waste in unlocking the phone, finding the iPhone camera app and waiting for it to load.

You can do this much faster by simply swiping up on your lock screen and tapping the camera icon.2. Blur the background on the cheap

If you don’t have one of the newer models of iPhone, like the XS, XR, X, 8 or 7 Plus, did you know you can still blur the background in your photo?

This tip applies to any kind of photography, but it’s not so apparent when using a smartphone to take a shot.

Simply get closer to your subject, and try tapping your finger on the screen to set the focus point. You’ll see that the closer you are, the blurrier the background will become.

Another option is to use a clip-on 3rd party tele-photo lens, since ‘zooming in’ on a subject can help produce a blurred background too – check out the best iphone camera accessories for some options.

Pro Tip: blurring the foreground is another way to create interest in a photo. Simply move close to your subject, then override the phone’s automatic focus (see tip below), and tap on the background element. This will throw the foreground out of focus.3. Use the volume button to take sharper photos

Using the volume button can help you stabilize your shot while pressing the shutter.

Camera shake is the main enemy of getting a sharp. If it happens, it’s bound to cause blurriness, and that’s an effect you won’t be happy to see in your photo… unless it’s intentional, of course!

When taking a selfie, it’s really hard to tap the camera shutter button, especially with your hand outstretched.

The easy way is to simply squeeze the volume up button on the side of your iPhone to snap the picture.

Obviously, this is most convenient when the phone is help in landscape orientation (i.e. sideways) – we have a guide on landscape vs portrait orientation if you’d like to learn more on which to use.

Pro Tip: You can even use the volume button on your earphones – it’s worth carrying the white ones that come free with your phone for this very reason. 4. Get a candid shot with your earphones

Following on from the previous tip, have you ever considered using your smartphone’s ear phones to shoot without being noticed?

This doesn’t have to be as creepy as it sounds! You may want to take a candid shot of your kids, without them staring and doing one of those fake smiles into the camera, for example…!

Next time, try holding your camera towards your subject, and holding the earphones in your other hand, use the volume up button on the earphones to take some candid photos.

Also, if you have the earphones actually in your ears, no one will suspect you’re taking a picture ;-)5. Get a deal on iPhone Photography education

Yes, that’s right – just as paying for lessons to improve at regular camera photography is highly recommend, so too is spending a little to learn iPhone photography!

The iPhone camera seems like a simple device at first, but most people are really only scratching the surface of its capabilities.

In the right hands, the photos taken with a terbaru smartphone are almost indistinguishable from those taken from a bulky DSLR camera 3x the price.

Just as there are techniques to photography with a DSLR, there are numerous important skills to learn when photographing with an iphone.

I highly recommend you check out the iPhone Photo Academy – it’s a video course packed full of amazing tips and tutorials on getting much better photos with your iPhone.

(UPDATE: There’s now also iPhone Landscape Mastery – new for 2022).

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Taking amazing smartphone photos requires learning a handful of relatively simple techniques, then making the most of the functions that come with your phone – many of which are hidden, or at least, not immediately obvious.

If this interests you, be sure to check out this hugely popular online course which will teach you everything you need to know.

Click here now to check the latest sale pricing >>6. Keep a clean lens for clearer photos

Most smartphones spend a very significant time of their lives in the hands of their owners and that means they’re covered in fingerprints.

Very often those fingerprints are found on the place where you want them the least: your lens!

A useful habit to develop is to get used to quickly cleaning your lens before taking a photo – that can ensure there will be no smudges, dust spots or blurry areas on your image.

It may sound like a really simple tip, but this one thing alone can have the biggest impact on getting a clear photos… and most people never bother wiping their phone’s lens (they usually wipe the screen!)

This tip is especially important if you’re using any of those clip on lenses for your iPhone, such as these macro ones.7. Turn on the grid for better composition

Align your subject with the grid lines for better compositions.

Mastering iphone photography is a lot like mastering any other kind of photography. It’s all about the person behind the lens and about great compositions that catch the eye. 

The rule of thirds is a powerful method which applies to composing not only photographs but also paintings, posters and all kinds of images.

According to this rule each picture should be divided into nine equal parts by two vertical and two horizontal lines. The significant elements in the photo should be placed at the intersections of those lines or along them. 

It’s much easier to imagine the lines and the sections if you have a grid to help you see them. In order to turn the grid on, you need to go to your phone’s Settings, then scroll down to find the camera icon and make sure the Grid option is activated. 8. Get perfect focus with manual override

Even if you make sure that your lens is clean in advance and there’s no camera shake, the photo might still look a bit off. One possible reason for that could be that your phone didn’t focus on the right place.

To prevent this from happening, did you know you can actually select your focus point manually?

Just tap on the screen where you want it to appear. You’ll be able to see the outlines of a yellow square when you tap, to show you that you’ve set the focus on the right place.

Pro Tip: the above video is by the guys behind the excellent iPhone Photo Academy – I highly recommend you check out their video courses here.9. Lock your focus for sharper subjects

Now you know how to set your focus point manually using the above iPhone photography tip, but there are some instances where this won’t work.

For example, if there’s movement in the scene, the camera might be constantly readjusting the focus point to compensate for the subject’s new position.

To overcome this, did you know you can ‘lock’ your focus? Next time, just tap on your subject on the camera screen, and hold your finger down for a couple of seconds – you’ll see ‘AE/AF Lock’ appear.

You can either swipe your finger up/down the screen to adjust exposure, or simple tap the shutter button to take the shot.

The focus lock will remain until you exit the camera app, or turn off your phone.10. Enhance your photography experience with accessories

Accessorize your smartphone to extend its capabilities.

Buying new accessories for your iPhone might not spring to mind when researching how to take good pictures with a Phone.

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