TAKE GREAT PHOTOS ON YOUR IPHONE
London-based photographer John Aparicio’s tips on taking great pictures with an iPhone.
“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.”
“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.”
“If you’re shooting action shots, use the burst mode. Simply press and hold down the shutter button and fire away.”