TAKE BETTER SHOTS WITH YOUR iPHONE
Learn how to use the camera in your iPhone and other iOS devices to their best effect
The iPhone is the most popular camera in the world, and it’s not hard to see why. It’s always with you, it lets you easily edit your shots to make them as perfect as possible, you can share them with the world – or just one person – instantly, and especially if you have an iPhone 5 or later, the shots themselves are generally excellent. For proof, look no further than Apple’s ‘Shot on iPhone’ ad campaign.
However, the first step to taking billboard-quality shots is getting to know your iPhone’s photo and video-shooting abilities inside out, so that you can be sure not only of taking an astonishing shot when you press the shutter, but also so you understand what tools you can call on to make it even better through editing afterwards. As always, MacFormat is here to help you learn these things!
In this feature we’re going to take you on a tour of the shooting modes and editing options on your iPhone – or iPad or iPod touch – and highlight some of the surprising power and complexity behind their at-first-glance simplistic interfaces. We’ll also show you what extra kit you can add to your iPhone to augment its photography abilities in exciting ways; the small, carefully-chosen selection we recommend is informed by years of proper, hands-on testing and reviewing rather than just looking at what’s popular on Amazon.
Get to know your iPhone’s camera abilities well, and judiciously add what hardware and software you need to bolster its abilities, and you’ll give yourself the best possible chance of capturing holidays, childhood moments, celebrations and other memories in a way that you’ll be proud of now and will treasure forever. Or, you know, just snap a funny picture of your dog in a hat – that’s good too.
One final thing to add: don’t overlook that an Apple Watch can come in handy when shooting with your iPhone. With it, you can see what your iPhone is seeing – great for awkward angles – and you can trigger the shutter remotely. So the next time you take a group shot, set your iPhone up on a tripod, calmly rejoin the group, check composition, press the shutter with a threesecond delay, drop your hand, and grin!