Lon­don-based pho­tog­ra­pher John Apari­cio’s tips on tak­ing great pic­tures with an iPhone.

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“Most peo­ple place their sub­ject cen­tre stage in the frame, which can be a bit dull. For more in­trigu­ing shots, place the sub­ject lower down and off cen­tre. It’s called the rule of thirds. The grid op­tion (in the pho­tos and cam­era set­tings) will help you achieve this.”

Move closer

“Much bet­ter than us­ing the cam­era’s zoom, which soft­ens the image the closer you zoom. Also, for va­ri­ety, bend down and take shots from a lower an­gle.”


“If you choose the auto mode on your iPhone it will au­to­mat­i­cally se­lect HDR (or High Dy­namic Range) when you need to com­pen­sate for con­trast­ing light – a sun­set or a por­trait against the sky, for ex­am­ple.”


“For pin-sharp im­ages, tap the image on your screen of the per­son or ob­ject you want to fo­cus on.”

Bright or dark?

“You can in­crease or de­crease the ex­po­sure by ad­just­ing the ex­po­sure slide bar next to the fo­cus box on your screen. Just make sure your phone bright­ness is set to nor­mal.”

Avoid shaky hands

“If you’re tak­ing a photo with one hand, it’s tricky to keep the cam­era steady while press­ing the shut­ter but­ton. Did you know you can use the vol­ume-up but­ton as a shut­ter in­stead? Much stead­ier.”

“The iPhone flash will bathe most pho­tos in a ghostly light. Much bet­ter to use nat­u­ral light in­stead.”


“Ex­per­i­ment with third-party apps such as Snapseed, VSCO, En­light or Mex­tures, which al­low you to mod­ify your pho­tos with funky fil­ters.”

Ac­tion shots

“If you’re shoot­ing ac­tion shots, use the burst mode. Sim­ply press and hold down the shut­ter but­ton and fire away.”

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