iPhonography is a big part of any creative biz these days, and taking amazing photos with the iPhone is actually quite simple if you know a few easy tricks. Follow these tips to take your iPhone pics to the next level.
1. SEE THE LIGHT: Touch the darkest part of the screen (and keep your finger there for a second) and watch the entire screen lighten up. Use this tool to adjust the lighting on your pic before you snap.
2. GET IN FOCUS: Hold your finger on the screen for a second to focus in on your subject. This will ensure your pics look crisp.
3. KEEP IT ON LOCK: Hold your finger on the screen for a couple of seconds to LOCK the screen. This means that the settings freeze where they are. This is useful is you want to get a blurry pic (on purpose--like lights on a lake, for example.)
4. IT'S ALL ABOUT THE PROCESS: Processing your images is key. I use VSCO to process my images and fix the exposure, saturation, cropping and contrast. Add filters from VSCO too to give your photos a consistent look and feel.
5. FOCUS & EXPOSURE: Many iphone photo apps, like VSCO, have a function where you can manage focus AND exposure while you are taking the photo. In VSCO, touch the screen with two fingers and you'll see two points appear--one that says "focus" and one that says "exposure" adjust each setting by moving them on the screen with your fingers until the photo is focused and bright.
6. STAY PUT: The camera doesn't take the picture until you take your finger off of the button, so hold still for a second even after you've taken your finger away.
7. FRAME YOUR PICS: Before you snap your pic, scan the perimeter of the pic and make sure that the framing is just-so.
8. GO LOW: Photos taken from a lower level often create straighter lines and more graphic images, try crouching down to get the best shots.
10. USE HDR: Instead of using the built-in flash, turn on the HDR (upper middle button when in camera mode) to handle challenging lighting situations, the HDR will compound the 'layers' of light and make the image look better than the shiny, harsh flash.
To learn how to best SHARE the images, sign up for our Social Media Colloquium, being held in Los Angeles, 9/13.