7 Tips for Getting the Most from Your iPhone Camera
Not every camera can boast being both attractive and easy to carry around, but even the previous iPhone accomplishes both effortlessly. The camera is top-notch, beating out every other phone with the caliber of not only the device, but also of the photography it allows users to accomplish. Its basic photo quality is spectacular, but there are also a myriad of filters available, if that’s your preference. It makes taking and – perhaps more importantly – sharing photos easier than ever. Getting to know some photography basics can help you capture smartphone pictures that rival even professional results.
1. Aim for Simplicity
Don’t be tempted to over-complicate your photos. The eye seeks a point of focus when looking at a photo, and when there’s too much going on, viewers tend to become frustrated and move on quickly. You can take photos with a secondary focal point, but it’s important to make sure that it isn’t too prominent in the frame.
2. Watch Your Backgrounds
Overly bright areas, eye-catching objects, and colors brighter than your subject in the background of a photo will distract the eye and shortchange what you intend to take a picture of. Judge the background of your photo carefully before you shoot. If there’s anything that could distract viewers, try to find another spot or a different angle to omit the distractions. You can also unfocus the background with your smartphone’s features. If you’re working with photographing small subjects in the wild, carry a piece of poster board or fabric to create your own unobtrusive background in an instant.
3. Fill Your Photo
When worse comes to worst with an overwhelming background, try photographing your subject more closely. Bring your frame in tight to omit as much background as possible and draw all attention to the subject. This can also be done to create more impact on viewers. Filling the frame with a subject is particularly striking when it comes to small things, portrait work, and anything with a distinct pattern. You don’t have to photograph the entirety of something to create a great impact.
An excellent strategy for drawing the eye to your subject is creating a frame within the photo. They bring focus away from the background, provide depth to the photograph, and you can even use them to hide things you don’t want in the picture. In a nature setting, you can utilize trees and bushes for this. Using angles, you can employ built structures such as archways, buildings, or bridges as frames. In a pinch, you can even have a human subject arrange their arms to create a frame within a portrait to striking effect.
5. Take Care with Cropping
It may sound like an obvious tip, but you might be surprised how often even professional photographers have accidents with cropping out parts of a subject unintentionally. Unless you intend an extreme close-up, don’t cut off a part of your subject that should be in the frame. Cutting off part of a model’s head, an animal’s ears or tail, or half a building should be avoided. While you might try it as a stylistic choice, it’s more often a distraction to viewers.
6. Use Available Perspective Lines
The human eye is drawn along lines in art. You can use this to your advantage when taking photos, by carefully considering how you position lines and shapes within the frame. For example, in outdoor photos, power lines or a line of trees can be used to point viewers directly to your subject. You might consider using a road from edge to edge in a photograph to draw your viewer’s eye along a ‘story’ you wish to tell. Creating a shape with features in the background can direct the eye as well.
7. Use Image Depth
Most photographs have a foreground, middleground, and background. Paying attention to all of these can allow you to play with the depth in your photos, pulling a viewer’s eye through the work in the way you intend. You can accomplish this with objects already present in the background, with natural details, and even with color variations within the setting. The key to using depth is balance. If what you want is a breathtaking photo of a mountain range or the ocean, you don’t want a person or an object in the foreground of the shot to distract from the landscape. You can also play with focus to choose what sort of depth you find most pleasing, since the iPhone camera allows you to settle the camera’s focus at different lengths.