By Damilola Faustino
The iPhone is a fantastic device for snapping pictures. It has excellent hardware, smart software, and it’s easy enough for everyone to use. It has limitations, as any camera does, but you can work around most of them by being smart about the pictures you take. Here are tips to help you along the way:
Experiment with third-party apps
If you’re not in a rush to snap a quick shot, you can download some of the third-party manual camera apps available. Apple’s opened a bunch of controls up to developers, including shutter speed, ISO, white balance, and exposure, which means that you can often snap a photo with much more clarity than you would be able from the default camera application.
Target your shooting mode around your end result
Apple’s default camera app offers a variety of different modes for taking pictures, including panorama, square, and photo. It may seem like common-sense instruction, but you find that it really helps to shoot in the mode you plan to publish for — for instance, when taking pictures you want to post to Instagram, you shoot in square mode rather than shooting in photo mode and cropping the image afterwards. It helps you better frame your picture.
Use the iPhone camera shortcut
There are lots of great third-party camera apps out there, but if you want a quick shot of, you need speed on your side — speed that you may not get if you have to unlock your device, find your app, tap on the icon, and wait for it to load. Swipe up on the iPhone camera shortcut from the Lock screen, however, and you can quickly take that picture with no significant wait time.
Hold down a spot on your viewfinder to lock focus
If you want to prevent your iPhone’s camera from attempting to grab a different subject in the frame, it can be incredibly useful to lock your focus point on your current subject.
Snap photos with the volume button
Due to the fact, the iPhone is so thin, tapping the digital shutter button can cause camera shake and blur the photo you’re trying to take. Instead, you can use the volume up button when in the Camera app to snap a photo — and avoid camera shake entirely.
Turn off your flash
Recent generations of the iPhone flash are much improved upon their predecessors, but at the end of the day, the flash is still just a LED light. It’s just not that powerful, and even with the TrueTone technology, it can occasionally emit a strange hue onto your photographs. Instead, try shooting in natural lighting sources, or if you’re shooting at night, use the Camera app’s exposure slider to boost light in the photo.
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