I have a confession. I’m in love with a camera. What’s worse that camera is a phone, an iPhone.
I’ve fallen for its portability, flexibility and simplicity. It takes great images in many situations. And with the myriad of iPhone apps, those images can become pretty much anything I want them to be.
I never meant it to turn out this way. I started out as a “real” professional photographer. Throughout my career I’ve shot with every type of camera imaginable, from a pinhole camera made from a paint can to the latest cutting edge digital systems. I have access to every wiz bang piece of photo gear, but my go to camera has become my stupid iPhone.
My evolution into an iPhoneographer is complete. I’m all in and love it. There’s no turning back now, so let me share some tips I’ve learned along the way. I hope these will help you see the light.
How to Become a Better iPhoneographer
1. Shoot mainly with your iPhone for a while to learn what it can and can’t do. Both its strong suits and its limitations are part taking beautiful shots.
2. Take tons of photos. They won’t all be winners, but you’re in training so reps are what count. Don’t be afraid to use the garbage can feature.
3. Keep a steady hand. A steady camera is essential for a good shot. Hold your iPhone like a “real” camera use both hands.
4. Avoid the digital zoom feature. Forget about the iPhone’s in-camera digital zoom feature. If you need a tighter shot, don’t be afraid the move in close.
5. Master your focus. The iPhone does a good job of autofocusing, but there are times when you want to decide which part of an image is sharp, and which is softer. Set the focus for a specific part of a scene by tapping that area on the screen.
6. Use the grid option. One of the best tools for better pictures is the grid option. By tapping the options button, you can turn on a grid overlay on the screen. This grid makes the “rule of thirds” a snap (see tip 7).
7. Follow the rule of thirds whenever possible. Our brains like images divided into thirds. Placing your subject at the intersection of two lines creates more tension, energy and interest in the composition than simply centering the subject.
10. Most of all have fun. Shoot everything you see, learn from the success and failures and leave all the “real” cameras behind.