Last week I officially entered 2017 and purchased the new iPhone 7 plus. Of course, the selling feature for me was the awesome new camera (hello, optical zoom!). I thought this would be a great opportunity to share with you my 4 tips for taking better photos with your iPhone.
- Use the grid. To turn on the grid, go to Settings > Photos & Camera > Grid. The grid will allow you to make sure your image is straight, as well as make it easy to use the Rule of Thirds. To use the Rule of Thirds, put your subject in one of the four areas of your screen where the lines on the grid intersect. Using this technique often makes for a more interesting image rather than just putting your subject in the center of the frame.
- Tap to focus. If your camera is focused on the wrong part of the image, tap on your subject and the focus will automatically adjust.
- Turn off the flash. 99% of the time, the flash makes the image worse. Unless you can only get the photo by using the flash, keep it turned off. If you need to adjust the exposure (how dark or light the image is), tap on your subject, then slowly swipe up or down to make it brighter or darker.
- Find natural light. This is not exclusive for using an iPhone, but it is worth sharing anyway. Any time you can use natural light rather than artificial, do it. You can do this by moving your subject closer to a window or going outdoors.
Let’s face it, most of our photos are taken with our iPhone, not a nice camera. I hope these tips are helpful and make your iPhone photos even better. Practice with your kiddos this week and feel free to ask any questions you come up with in the comments section below!