Smartphone cameras have come a long way since the first low pixel ones began appearing a few years ago, and now it is not unusual to find that your smartphone camera is just as good, if not better, than a lot of stand alone compact digital cameras.
Of all of the smartphones on the market, the iPhone has one of the best ones, capable of capturing some great images; however, an iPhone camera is only as good as the person using it, so here are some tips to help you improve your photos.
1. Get Up Close and Personal
One of the first things that you need to remember is to not use the zoom feature on the iPhone, no matter how tempting it is.
The iPhone camera can take some crisp and clear pictures, however, by using that zoom slider on the bottom, you can wave goodbye to any kind of quality, grain-free image. So the best advice is – if you can get closer to the object, then that is what you need to do.
2. Use the Grid Line
One feature that is often overlooked by people when they are using their iPhone camera, are the grid-lines. These lines divide the screen into 9 separate boxes of equal size, and they are a handy tool for helping you to compose your photos.
Set the horizon properly; make sure the vertical objects that stand out are placed around vertical lines of the greed. That’s the basic rules of composition of any photography, picture-type of art.
3. Use Both Hands
Movement whilst taking a photo is still the number one cause of blurred images and ruined photos, so it is advisable to use both hands to help stabilise the iPhone when taking a photo.
Try to keep your arms in close to your body, or better still, rest the iPhone on something rigid and sturdy if at all possible.
Another tip for removing blur is to make use of the + button on the side which operates the shutter when camera mode’s on rather than using the shutter button on the screen.
4. Learn How to Make Use of AE/AF Lock
You can turn on the AE/AF lock by tapping the part of the screen where the image you want the camera to focus on is positioned. When you tap the screen, a box will appear, and you then hold your finger down on this box until it bounces two times to lock in the auto exposure and auto focus, and this will be locked in, no matter where you move the camera.
Using the AE/AF function is ideal if your subjects are back lit, as you can focus on them rather than the brightly lit background.
5. Install the Camera+ App
As good as the default camera app is, it does have its limitations, and if you are looking to take better photos with your iPhone camera, then you should install the Camera+ app.
It has the ability to allow you to control the expose and focus independently, as well as having a stabiliser, burst mode and a level indicator and much more.