Don’t Throw Away Your Shot: 5 Tips for Taking Great iPhone Photos

You’ve seen the ads: “Shot on an iPhone.”

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Photo: The Inspiration Room

It seems simple enough; just whip out your phone and bam! you’re a professional photographer.

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Well, there’s actually a little more to it than that. Because let’s face it, photos matter.

According to Fast Company, content that incorporates visuals receives 94% more views than content without visuals. When it comes to the social-media-sphere, visual posts are shared 40x(!) as much, and articles that include an image at least every 75-100 words are shared twice as much.

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This could be because 65% of people are visual learners, or because the rise of social media platforms has put our brains in skim-reader mode, or because photos really are worth 1,000 words. Whatever the reason, it’s pretty obvious that engaging visuals make your content stand out.

Here are 5 tips that will make taking awesome iPhone pictures a snap:

1. Find your light. Turn off the flash; it’s not helping. Use natural light if you can or try a small portable flash.

You can also adjust your exposure by tapping your screen and following the line with the little sun on it to lighten or darken your photo before you take it.

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Photo: TechRadar

2. Stay composed. Great photos have great composition. The biggest key here is to keep it simple and focused.

Try creating balance through symmetry…

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Photo: iPhone Photography School

Or by placing subjects on a diagonal…

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Photo: iPhone Photography School

Or go off center with the rule of thirds. Line up your subject along one third of your photo by using the grid on your iPhone.

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Photo: TapSmart

3. Be in the moment. Sometimes you have a few hours to set up the perfect pic. But sometimes, you only have a few seconds to capture a flash of magic.

Don’t miss it by taking too long to open your camera app. Find the shortcuts! With the latest version of iOS, all you gotta do is swipe left on the lock screen to access the camera.

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Photo: MacRumors

For action shots, get into burst mode.

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Photo: iPhone Photography School

4. Try a new angle. If your photo feels boring, get a new perspective.

Try getting underneath your subject…

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Photo: iPhone Photography School

Or getting on their level…

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@PepitoChihuahua on his way to work.

5. Filter yourself. You and your iPhone don’t have to do it alone. There are tons of apps that have your back. VSCO, PicStitch, and other smartphone-friendly add-ons can give new life to your pics with filters, collage templates, and editing capabilities.

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Photo: ViralTag

As iPhones keep improving, so will your pictures. So keep learning and trying new ideas, and you won’t end up like this…

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