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Five Tips to take the best shot from your iPhone Camera

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Five Tips to take the best shot from your iPhone Camera
Gone are the days when phone camera was just for clicking some regular photos. With changing technology and options phone camera has open a lot more possibilities for the photographers.

With all the companies taking the advantages of technology and claiming to have the best camera installed on their phone, but I believe iPhone camera is far better than it competitors, as the pictures clicked from the Apple devices are good enough to compete with many of the DSLR photos.

There are many possibilities that get open with the phone photography, let’s talk about some of them.

First of all, the best thing about phone photos over fancy DSLR shots is quite purely and simply, ease, accessibility, and weight. In my world with 3 kiddos and generally being busy a lot of the time, I don’t have time, although I must say I certainly have the inclination, to get out my big camera, start fiddling around with what lens to use, start playing around with the settings, yadda, yadda, yadda… it’s heavy and bulky and means that I have to have an ugly camera bag with me.
Phone cameras change all that – and having that little baby in my pocket has taken me on another journey with photography, one I certainly did not see coming or expect and one I am enjoying immensely.

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Phone photography for me means freedom and capturing moments with my family and things about Australia that I am inspired by that otherwise I would miss.

So, if you are one of those who loves to take a picture with your iPhone, today we have five great tips that will help you get the best shorts.

Hold the phone like you would a camera

When I first got my iPhone and discovered the camera I was holding it with just one hand and almost gliding it around… now I hold the ‘camera’ in two hands and with my right hand I ‘click’ the shutter as you would a regular camera.

I also imagine my camera screen as the viewfinder on my big camera – when I first started iPhoneology I was holding the phone out in front of me at a ridiculous angle and doing some strange straight-armed, head back movement, robot style. Now I hold the phone in front of me with both hands and ‘look’ through the screen to what I am taking a photo of as I would with the other camera rather than kind of looking past the phone… I hope that makes sense? 

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Don’t zoom in with the zoom on the camera, walk near to object

If you want to take something close up actually walk up to it, get close and click. My iPhone loses heaps of quality even with a tiny bit of zooming and it becomes really grainy and pixelated. So, I never move the zoom in. Moving from a telephoto lens on a Canon 50D to no zoom on a phone is a big difference and has been great for teaching me about light and my composition comfort zone has been seriously jolted… ahem, still learning here!

Click Multiple to get best short

The great thing about digital photography is it allows for a lot of attempts and a lot of mistakes. Add to that benefit, the speed and ease of a camera phone and you have the opportunity to take a few shots so one of them will be good. You can just take multiple shots of the same thing and one of them will be vastly better than the others.

I love shooting at the beach with my phone, as you might have gathered and I will sit, with a coffee or on a walk and take a bundle of shots, upload ‘em when I get home and poof delete them right off. Too easy!

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But don't delete those shots you think are any good when you are out and about because often when you get home the things you think looked rubbish on your phone screen actually turn into interesting things on your computer monitor. The first time I got the sun flare on my iPhone I was on the ferry to the city and shooting like mad with my iPhone. Checking the images, I was a bit disappointed with the quality – they looked really over-exposed, too bright and patchy. When I got, they uploaded to the computer later I realized that the elusive fingers of God were all over my pictures.

Hold the Camera Still

Keep the camera as still as you can because the jitters will make your picture blurred. To keep it still look for something to lean your arm/hand/camera on – this makes a big difference to camera jitters and my phone photos. Keep your hand there for a second after you ‘click’ too just to make sure, in case your phone has a big shutter lag.


Light with camera phones is important – the lower the light the more grainy and bad quality it becomes – unless you are taking photos of the sun and the sea keep the light behind you and your subject well lit.

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But don’t lose those dark and night time opportunities. Shoot with your phone at night and dusk and see what it produces. I am doing this all the time lately and learning a lot along the way. I love shooting the sky at night – results have been a real mixed bag but are inspiring me to get out there with my real camera and have a go like a big girl.

These are some of the tips which can help you make maximum out of your iPhone Camera. Hope you have enjoyed the video, do share your tips (if any) in the comment section below.

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