To most people, an iPhone is just a fancy gadget to show off, but to professionals, the iPhone is a revolution in the way we take photos. Sure there are worthy competitors in the market, but if we open that can of worms we could be arguing for days.

How to take better photos with your iPhone

Lighting

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In photography light determines everything, therefore knowing how to use it to your advantage is very important.

When taking photos with an iPhone during a bright sunny day, the best way to get great results is to keep the sun behind you and your subject in front. You shouldn’t point your camera directly at the sun especially when taking landscape photos.

Low Light

Taking photos in low light areas with an iPhone can be a bit tricky; this means that it requires patience. The first and the most important thing is, you must hold the phone steady and lower your shutter speed, the effect this will have is, more light will enter the camera thus creating more exposure.

The real problem here is that if you lower the shutter speed any movement will result in a blurry image so keep it steadyWhen it’s too dark you can choose to introduce an external light source.

The Angles

Unlike cameras, iPhones are very easy to carry, this means that you have a lot of room to experiment with different angles. Taking photos from a lower angle can produce unique stunning photos; the reason for this is simple. People are used to photos taken from the standing point view of a photographer. Capturing a photo from a lower angle means that you can include the foreground and the background plus the subject.

Another trick is that you shouldn’t always use center composition; there is no written rule that requires you to place your subject in the middle of the photo. So experiment with different angles and different times of the day, the best time to take stunning photos is during the magic hour, the magic hour refers to early in the morning when the sun is coming up or late in the evening when the sun is setting.

When taking photos of animals, pets or kids it is best to get down to their level, if you shoot from a higher angle the photo will be flat. But if you get down the result will be more depth in your photo.

Use the Right Camera App

The number of camera apps on the app store is huge, but the thing is most of these apps come with similar features. This means that you don’t always have to go for the most expensive app; you can find great apps that come free of charge and perform better than some paid for apps.

Some of the best iPhone camera apps are:

  • VSCO Cam
  • Camera+
  • ProCamera 8
  • Snapseed
  • Oggl

The choice here is really up to you, you find what suits you best.

Experiment

There is no right way to take photos, it’s all about experimentation. Look at it this way; some of the best photos ever taken were done by mistake. Therefore experiment with different lighting (e.g. soft light, backlight), angles, shadows, reflections, silhouettes and whatever you can think of.