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Apple’s mobile brainchild, the famous iPhone, is the uncontested leader in mobile photography. Compare its 8-megapixel camera to other mobiles that have equal or higher specifications, and you probably won’t get the same remarkable results. The iPhone stands out in this arena due to its both larger image sensor and aperture. This combination results in an over 30% increase in light sensitivity that captures brighter images with much less noise compared to other models.

But relying on the iPhone alone to guarantee that you get perfect shots all the time is misguided. While its hardware may be unparalleled, a practiced hand will ultimately work more wonders with the quality of the photos taken.

Here are some tips that can help you unleash the full creative potential of your iPhone shots:

  1. Start with a clean lens. One of the most overlooked reasons why photos aren’t as sharp and clear as they are expected to be is a dirty lens. Make sure that you use a soft cloth to avoid scratching the glass covering which could lead to even poorer shots.
  1. Focus on the subject. It’s not enough that the subject is within the frame, but you have to make sure that camera is properly focused on it and it alone. If motion is involved, make sure that you refocus every time prior to capturing to get a sharp, clear image.
  1. Manually adjust the exposure. Devices that are updated with iOS 8 and higher will have the manual exposure tool that allows the user to manually set brightness and contrast levels. While the camera automatically shifts the exposure towards the subject in focus, this usually leads to either under or over exposure. The human eye remains the best judge of how much brightness and contrast is needed.
  1. Ignore the zoom function. If your phone boasts optical zoom technology, then it’s actually worth using. But most, if not all, models are equipped with the standard digital zoom which tends to decrease the quality of images taken. If you can’t get any closer, take the nearest shot you can then crop it after. This will result in a far superior photo quality compared to when you’re zoomed in.
  1. Abide by the rule of thirds. Photo composition is as important as focus and exposure. For beginners, leave the grid lines on the screen to help you determine the proper positioning of the elements. Because subjects at the center of the image don’t always make the best of shots, the rule of thirds serves as a guide in creating an off-center composition that results to better-balanced photos.
  1. Use the burst feature. If there are moving elements in your shot, trust the burst feature to capture different frames of motion in quick succession. This is handy for taking photos of subjects moving around, such as people dancing or playing sports or cars passing by.
  1. Try different perspectives. Capturing photos from alternative points of view can tell different stories of the same scene shot from varying angles. This would require a bit of practice, but you will surely be rewarded with special shots that wouldn’t be appreciated from any other viewpoint.

These are simple tips that you can rely on to up your iPhone photography game. Try them out and see your shots go from amateur to pro with a little bit of practice.

Emilo Jesaya

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