Most of us are using our iPhones to take most, if not all, of our travel photos, because the camera app is convenient, easy to use, and it takes pretty good pictures. There are definitely some people who have an amazing ability to take fantastic iPhone pictures, and there are a few things you can do to make your iPhone pictures even better.
iPhone Photography Tips
Clean the Lens
This is the simplest, easiest thing that you can do to immediately take better pictures. You can see from the example below that oil and dust on the lens can create a glare that ruins the clarity of your pictures. I took the top picture with a dirty lens, and the one below with a newly cleaned lens. Be sure to use a lint-free cloth so that you don’t scratch the lens. Carry a cloth around with you if you are traveling – you’ll want to clean the lens several times.
Lights and/or the sun can add a glare to your photos that washes out the image. Avoid glare by avoiding direct sun or the lights in your photo.
Frame the Photo
Don’t just take a quick picture – instead, take a few minutes to compose a great shot. Check out these amateur photography tips for more information on how you can take a better picture.
The zoom on the iPhone isn’t great, so I prefer to crop the photo later when I edit it.
Don’t Use the Flash
Although the iPhone camera does have a flash, it’s best to skip it. Using the flash can add a yellowish cast to the photo that washes things out.
Press the Screen to Set Exposure
Did you know that you can set the exposure area on your iPhone? So, when you are taking your picture, click on a dark part of the photo to increase the exposure, and click on a light park to decrease the exposure. You can also tap on the sun icon to adjust the exposure manually.
Put Some White in the Picture
The iPhone camera app tries to adjust white balance automatically. It doesn’t always get it right, so you can always use an app like Camera+ to have more control. Or, be sure to add some white in the picture. It helps the iPhone figure out white balance, and if you still aren’t happy with the picture, you can use an outside app to adjust it using the white.
Edit in Another App
Sometimes, your photo will be perfect as is. But if not, download some of the fabulous iPhone photo editing apps available, like Snapseed or VSCO.