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How to take better pictures with your iPhone

Do you want to learn how to take better pictures with your iPhone?  All of my friends think I am a photo genius but its simply that I have a few tricks up my sleeve to make your pictures look better.  Well read on for my tips.

First I know of 3 ways to access your iPhone camera.

Good to know when learning how to take better pictures with your iPhone, huh!

  1. Swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen to open Control Center, then tap .
  2. On your Lock screen, swipe to the left.
  3. Open the camera setting   on your home screen

Rule of 3rds: How to take better pictures with your iPhone

iPhone Camera Features 5The rule of thirds is used by aligning a subject with the guide lines and their intersection points, placing the horizon on the top or bottom line, or allowing linear features in the image to flow from section to section.  To use this, TURN on your Grid, go to the Settings app, scroll down to Photos & Camera, and make sure the Grid option is turned on.

One rule that I live by is to keep my photo simple. Steve Jobs used to say, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” And he was clearly onto something.  This rule is very helpful to remember when applying the rule of thirds to your picture.

Rule of thirds: My examples:

Picture of my daughter from a trip to Rocky Point Mexico and a Picture of my family during a trip to Glacier National Park

Maya in Rocky Point Mexico

Rule of thirds: How to take better pictures on your iphone

Rule of thirds: My family on a trip to Glacier National Park

The Edit Button: How to take better pictures with your iPhone

The Edit button is an absolute must on every single picture you take with your iPhone.   Take a picture and click the Edit Button on the iPhone.  It is the third button over on the bottom (between the heart and trash can).  Once you click on the button the buttons switch to editing mode.  If you are afraid of “messing up” your photo, simply click the magic wand at the top right.  The magic wand will adjust the light, contrast, etc to significantly improve your picture.  OK, technically its probably not called a magic wand but please think of it that way.

If your feeling really brave, hit the button with the 3 intersecting circle to place with different iPhone filters.  Make sure you save your photo after every step too!

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Shoot from different angles: How to take better pictures with your iPhone

The majority of iPhone photos are taken from the chest height of a standing adult. This certainly is the most convenient way of taking a photo, but there are usually more creative options! You can easily improve your photos by finding a more interesting angle to shoot from. Often the best way to do that is to simply go low to the ground or move higher than your subjects.  Play with both angles.  I know selfies definitely look better from a high angle.

My examples:

  • When taking pictures of kids, get down to their level: Lean down on a new and take their picture
  • Get to higher ground. Stand on a bench to get a better angle or more of the background

 

Portrait Mode: How to take better pictures with your iPhone

A few months back I upgraded to the iPhone 8 plus.  I am an avid iPhone user and really wanted the portrait mode on the 8 plus and 10.  I absolutely love taking pictures and portrait mode is a game changer.  You may be asking “What is portrait mode”?  Well Apple made it super easy to look like a professional photographer with this mode.  Have you ever looked at a picture and wondered how the subject is in focus but the background looks blurred?  Well portrait mode on the Apple Iphone 8 and 10 now does this for you AUTOMATICALLY in portrait mode.

Open your camera and scroll right to portrait mode. It has 5 different light settings: Natural, Studio, Contour, Stage and Stage Mono.  Play around and see what you prefer.  I prefer Natual lighting in most cases. Open Portrait mode and find what your going to photograph.  Click on the main subject and the background will automatically blur.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Portrait Mode: How to take better pictures on your iPhone

Normal Mode: How to take better pictures on your iPhone

 

Normal Mode: How to take better pictures on your iPhone

 

Portrait Mode

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you want more examples of pictures I have taken check out my photographs here.

I am happy to answer any questions you have.  Hit me up on social media or drop me a line here at Kelly Luvs.

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