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Iphoneography Tips + Tricks

One thing that I've learned as I've gotten more and more into photography is, while yes, it's a great perk to have a nice DSLR camera- quite frankly, for most people (including myself), that's just not always doable. Growing up with a dad who's a photographer, I've certainly gotten more and more interested in photography in the past few years. When we go on hikes or nature walks, while he's using his DSLR with a lens bigger than a telescope, I bring my iPhone. It's a no brainer that the pictures he takes will always come out better quality, however, throughout the years, I have definitely improved my iPhoneography, and am continuing to learn new tricks every time I shoot which continue to improve my pictures. Here are some things that I do to take the best quality iPhone pictures I can take!

Stay Up To Date With New iPhones

By any means, I'm definitely not saying that I run and grab the newest iPhone whenever it's released. However, I do typically get a new iPhone when my contract is up, which is about every 2-3 years. Usually by that point, a few iPhones have been released, and I always make sure to opt for the one with a good camera quality. Right now, I currently use the iPhone XR which is known for its exterior camera. I feel that as long as I know what I'm doing and focus my pictures, they come out better than some I've seen taken with a regular camera.

Turn on Grid Lines

This is such an important tip, especially when shooting photos with a focal point. Not only do the grids break up the overall image into smaller sections so you can really focus on what you're trying to shoot, but it also helps highlight the focus of your photo. That brings me into my next point, the rule of thirds.

The Rule of Thirds

The rule of thirds is a photography trick that my dad taught me, and I have definitely noticed an improvement in my photos since I've started applying it. This rule is aligning the subject of your photo with the grid lines and their intersecting points. It applies differently to different things, so for example, if you're trying to shoot the horizon, you'd want to place the horizon along the bottom or the top grid line (depending on if you want more of the ground or more of the sky in your picture). By doing this, it allows you to place the emphasis on the subject of the photo rather than the empty space. Another tip when applying the rule of thirds is to make sure whatever empty space there is in the photo should be the direction that the subject is facing or looking.

using the rule of thirds in this pic of my dad
using the rule of thirds in this pic of my dad

Lighting is Everything

Good lighting can truly make or break a picture. You're almost always going to get a better picture when the sun is still pretty low, so usually closer to sunrise or sunset. Natural light is always better than indoor lighting also, however, I know at least with some iPhones, you have the capability to set my camera (when shooting in portrait mode) to different types of lighting such as studio light, natural light, and contour light. While you can always adjust the brightness of a photo after the fact, sometimes, it makes the picture look grainy, so I try and steer clear of this if possible.