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How to take proper photos with your iPhone. Tips that every photographer should know

Nowadays, everyone has cameras. Modern smartphones are equipped with all sorts of cameras – from normal to almost professional – so everyone who has a smartphone can call themselves an amateur photographer.


However, if you want to become a good photographer and not just “another one”, you should not rely on intuition and shoot at random. A true professional understands laws of physics, knows what is exposure, feels colors, knows how to deal with light and understands what’s inside the camera.

You don’t have to be like Annie Leibovitz, but if you want to improve your skills in photography and learn the basic principles, then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together 10 key terms and concepts, which should be familiar to every person claiming to be a photographer.



If you want to use your camera at full, be sure to review the concept of “focal distance”, “aperture” and “viewing angle”. Talking about smartphone cameras it is very important to keep camera lens clean, since they spend a lot of time in your pocket or handbag and when you take them out you might leave fingerprints on the lens, which will negatively reflect on the photos.



A very important aspect! Exposure – the amount of light falling on the camera matrix at the time of the shooting. If there is a lot of light, the picture will be too bright, and if low light – picture will be dark. Fortunately, the exposure can be controlled. The combination of the three parameters – aperture, shutter speed and ISO (yes, you should know what it is) – helps you to adjust the amount of light and make a good shot.

You can manually adjust the exposure on your iPhone. After taping on the focus point, the yellow triangle will appear on the screen. Now, without lifting your finger swipe up on the screen to make the picture brighter or down to darken the image.



The lighting on the photos – another difficult moment. Working with light, you need to take into account its direction and color, choose between hard and soft, artificial and natural. Do you want to shoot like a pro? Then you need to understand how lighting affects the image.


Never use the digital zoom! The result of using the zoom is terrible. It is the first step to ensure that the photo will be bad. Need a zoom? Use your legs – move closer and photos will be better. By pinching on the screen of the iPhone you can use the zoom, unfortunately it is digital zoom, not optical, so never use it.

The Rule of Thirds


The rule of thirds is one of the most useful methods of composition in photography. This rule refers to the two vertical and two horizontal lines, dividing the frame into equal parts, important objects should be placed at the intersections of these lines, and the horizon line should hold a 1/3 or 2/3 of horizontal space.

You can enable the grid display on your iPhone’s camera settings to help you to follow the rule of thirds.



Unlike the amateur, a professional photographer knows how to work with focus. You should learn what is the focal length and see how it affects the perspective.

You can set the focus on your iPhone by just taping the screen on the subject that you want to focus on. You will see a small yellow square it means that the object inside the square is in focus.

Keep your camera steady

Hold your iPhone with both of your hands or use the proper additional equipment. If you decided to use a tripod, use the camera shutter timer (for example 3 seconds) to avoid touching the screen, during which there will be unnecessary vibrations that may affect the shot.

Shoot from different angles


Always use the alternative point of view while taking another photo. Most novice photographers shoot from a standing position, do not forget that the iPhone is compact and convenient, ideal for use in a variety of different ways.

Do more shots

If you see something interesting that you want to take a picture of, do not limit yourself to a single shot. Shoot from different angles and distances. Later you may find that you caught another interesting details.

You must know what you want to see before you see it

Make a list of what you want to photograph and perform every point from it. For example, make a plan to take a picture of cat and dog and don’t come home until you take those shots!

Now just take your camera and try to apply all of the written above. Make sure to have a fun, it is the most important!


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