In a day and age when everyone uses their phone as their camera, it is a great thing to know how to use them to their best advantage!
Step 1. Turn Off Your Flash
Trust me on this one, and you will thank me for it in the near future.
Honestly, the flash on your iPhone is very poor quality and the distance it can reach is less than 5 feet. When you take any kind of photography class with me you will hear me preach this time and again. I, in general think photography looks better without a flash. When you are taught how to properly expose an image, it become more real and 3-demensional. So do your self a favor, open up your camera and in the upper left corner, touch the flash and turn it to the off position. Leave it there unless your absolutely without enough light to capture the image.
2. Choose & Adjust Your Exposure
This one sounds harder than it really is, I promise!
1. Start by tapping (or tapping and holding) the part of the screen that you want to set focus for – this would normally be on the main subject of the photo to ensure that it is in sharp focus
2. When you tap to set focus, a yellow square with a sun icon appears where you tapped to indicate the focus point. This is also the point that the camera has set exposure for. However, often the exposure that the camera sets based on the focus point doesn’t look good. In the image above, the exposure of the image is a bit dark.
3. Now, here comes the good bit! If your photo looks too bright or too dark, you can now adjust the exposure without changing the focus point. Simply swipe up or down anywhere on the screen – up to make the image brighter or down to make it darker. As you swipe up or down you’ll see the sun icon move on the slider.
4. If you want to start again and focus/expose for a different part of the scene, simply tap on a different area of the screen and start again.
It really is that simple, and it’s going to make the world of difference to how you expose your iPhone photos.
3. Zoom is the Doom
I Will Teach You A Few Tricks That Will Help!
Seriously, people in general are addicted to the zoom on their iPhones. I get that it makes thing closer and easier to see, but when it comes time to printing these images, everything will look as though it was shot in a Minecraft World because everything is so pixelated.
So instead of zooming, here is my SUPER secret to getting closer images...are you ready for it?
Walk closer. I know, really. That's big, huh?
Now, I know that isn't always possible. Don't try it at the Grand Canyon.
So when that isn't possible then simply take the photo and afterwards crop it in a post-production application. For some reason or another, when you post crop versus pre-zoom the results are not the same.
Put These to Use Immediately.
There is no reason to wait in order to use these three simple tips, they are easy and can be implemented today. I believe you shouldn't have to be a professional photographer in order to capture beautiful images.
I can teach anyone with a camera in their hand how to tell their story in an amazing way!
I have have 3 more spots available for my "Sip and Learn" iPhone photography Class this Friday, August 21st, 6:30p.m. and would love for you to come and have fun learning with me. We will be going over these steps and SO much more!
I have several photography classes through Jenks Community Education this Fall, now is the time to finally learn how to really use your camera. I literally walk each person through step-by-step in how to use the functions on their own camera to their best ability.
I help people capture the beautiful moments of their lives and tell their stories through photography by giving them simple, step-by-step instructions that the novice or advanced photographer can replicate. I share my passion for life and the story of love and joy with everyone I meet.
I can bring these classes to you or teach your group of friends. I love to teach others about how to tell their story in an amazing way. Let me come to you! I am in the Tulsa, OK Metroplex and serve the surrounding areas of Bixby, Jenks, Glenpool, Owasso, Broken Arrow and more. I am happy to travel as well!
Tell me more of what you would like to learn!
In the comments section, I would love some ideas on what other subjects you would like me to instruct. Also I would love to hear how these simple steps helped improve your photography!
Grace and Peace, Holly