TUTORIAL: Take Better Pictures with Your iPhone

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The best camera is the one you have with you, a mentor once said to me, and I've heard it dozens of times since. It's the camera you have with you that you know how to use, and that you can easily share photos to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and your blog from. I mostly carry two cameras - my professional Canon DSLR and my iPhone 4S! I use both cameras for different reasons on the SAME day (at Disney World, anyone?) and I have to come to learn that using a smartphone camera is a photography learning experiment all on its own! Even though it doesn't have the same manual settings and complex lenses as a camera, you can still learn it to the best of your ability.

Here are my tips on how to get eye-catching photos from iPhone (or any other smartphone) photography.



Image: Tamara Bowman

Use your composition to tell a great story. Unless it's commercial work, people care a lot more about what the photo shows than what is technically imperfect about it. Taking an interesting image is mainly what photography is about! Use a simple composition without clutter. If you place your subject even slightly off center, it will enhance your photos. Give your photos some depth by moving off to one side instead of photographing your subject straight on. Get closer and look for details because when getting closer, you will have more control over the lighting of your subject. With smartphone photos, small details can be quite effective - make THEM your subject, and not their surroundings. Most importantly, the rules for photography don't switch from camera to phone. You can still use any knowledge you have of exposure, lighting and composition to take expressive photos. It's ultimately you, your eye, your knowledge and your skills that make photos worth looking at, and not the type of camera/lens.


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