iPhone just another tool to take great photos.To be a great iPhone photographer, you need to know the basics of photography. Needless to say, the knowledge of lighting, composition, angles is equally important. I feel that Point-and-Shoot cameras will slowly become redundant as sophisticated manipulation via the iPhone is enabling users to take great pictures. And, you can easily adjust variables like shutter speed exposure, and ISO with dedicated photography apps, users have a lot more control over their iPhone pictures.
Here are 5 non-technical tips that might help you take great pictures
As light is the most important part of any great picture, it should be considered before taking a shot. If the light is not good, the shot is not worth taking.
After the Ae/Af lock appears, you can calibrate the exposure via the Exposure Slider.
It looks like a tiny Sun logo. Simply slide it upwards and downwards to control exposure.
Having said this, before you modify exposure, keep in mind the kind of light you want - soft light or hard light.
Keeping Rule of Thirds in mind is very important while composing a great shot.
The Rule of Thirds is a useful composition technique that helps create visually interesting photos.
“The rule of thirds is applied by aligning a subject with the guidelines 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.”
Angle is yet another important part of taking a great iPhone photo.
Low angle photo: taken with the camera placed in a position below and pointing upward at the subject or taking a picture at the ground level .
High angle photo: taken with the camera above, and pointing downwards on the subject
In low light situations, an iPhone tripod is an important essential for great photos. Again, various apps are available that enable you to take great photos in low light situations. You can also shoot night trails on the iPhone, if you set up a tripod and there are lots of dedicated apps available for the same
Companies like Olloclip and Manfrotto have launched iPhone lenses like Macro, wide angle, and Telephoto. These are must in your kit if you want to consider iPhone photography professionally as a digital zoom is a no no . Digital zoom only crops the photo and hence reducing the quality of the photo
Never use the iPhone's digital zoom - all it does it reduce photo quality. Instead, use a telephoto lens, shooting in the maximum available space provided by your phone.
Make sure your Flash is switched ‘Off’, and use it only when required as the flash isn't very strong, and can give you bad cast on your day-to-day photography.
The Camera app’s lower right-hand side features a 3 intersecting circle icon, which activates preset colour filters. It should be set to grayscale, as if activated, will change into rainbow colours. This icon enables filter that are already predecided and hence giving you a cast that later to fix can be a problem You can always do colour correction and filtering while editing the photo later.
HDR (High Dynamic Range) should be off, and not on ‘Auto. Only use this feature when the light needs to balanced as it can slow down the photo taking process
Most importantly, think stop and then take a photo from your iPhone.
Some sample photos clicked using an iPhone by Shikha Khanna