Smartphones have thrown the world of photography open as just about anyone with a good smartphone can take great pictures now. Once you can navigate your phone’s menu to camera, understand the functions of each camera setting on the phone, you are good to go.

iPhone brand of smartphones come with particularly good cameras that are powerful enough for taking breathtaking and awesome photos. iPhones come with excellent hardware, and software which make them easy to use for just anyone.

This article will provide you with tips on How To Take Good Pictures With iPhone.

Use Volume Button For Snapping Photos

iPhones are thin by design, and this can be a problem when snapping photos with them. The digital shutter button of the iPhone can cause camera shake, blurring the photo you are trying to take.

Hence instead, use the volume up button when in the Camera app to snap a photo so as to totally avoid camera shake.

Use Camera Shortcut

You may need to grab a quick shot which may be impossible if you have to go through the long process of first unlocking your device, finding the camera app, clicking the icon and waiting for it to load.

To save time, simply use the camera shortcut. Swipe up on the iPhone camera shortcut from the Lock screen and you can quickly take that picture without wasting precious time.

Also, you can access your camera quickly while in an app or on your Home screen by swiping up from the bottom of your screen to launch Control Center, then tap on the Camera button.

Third-party Camera Apps Are Worth Trying

The iPhone itself is a powerful device but, it is possible to take even better pictures with it by using third-party apps. There are a host of third-party camera apps available for download on your iPhone, some of which allow you to take better quality pictures than the default camera.

Apple has been generous enough to open up some camera controls such as shutter speed, ISO, white balance, and exposure to developers.

This had led to developers coming up with some really good camera apps that allow you to take better photos than the default iPhone camera.

Select the right shooting mode

iPhone default camera comes with a variety of different modes that make it easier for you to get the desired result without stressing about the camera settings. Some of the default modes include panorama, square, and photo.

Rule of Thirds

The rule of thirds is one of the photography laws that those that are familiar with the art follow religiously.

This law dictates that a picture should be imagined as divided into 9 equal parts by 2 equally spaced horizontal lines as well as 2 equally spaces vertical lines.

The key behind this is that important compositional elements should be placed along these lines or their intersections. The popular belief is that aligning a subject of a photograph with these points creates more tension, energy and also interest in the composition rather than simply centering the subject.

The iPhone camera comes with a grid option that allows you to line photos such that they follow the rule of thirds.

Turn on the grid option of your camera by following this process, Settings > Photos & Camera and then enable the Grid switch. You can keep this option permanently on but you can also switch it off by going to Photos & Camera preference screen.

Avoid Using Flash

As much as possible, avoid using your camera flash unless it’s a must. Although there is a marked improvement in recent generations of iPhone flash, still the flash is just an LED light. It is not that powerful and can occasionally emit a strange hue on your photographs even with True Tone technology.

So, shoot your photos in natural light and when shooting at night or in dark places, use the Camera app’s exposure slider to boost light in the photo. If you do not mind carrying an extra piece of gear for your photoshoot at night, Photojojo’s Pocket Spotlight is a device that will provide you with better lighting than your camera flash.

Simply plug it into your phone’s headphone jack or hold it off camera for a more dramatic effect.

Use Burst Mode For Action Shots

When shooting photos that involve moving subjects, Burst Mode gives you an edge.

Originally intended for snapping clear pictures of moving subjects, the Burst Mode on your iPhone works as well when your camera is moving.

So when you find yourself chasing a bunch of kids running or taking shots of sporting events, Burst Mode is your best bet.

To shoot in Burst mode, simply tap and hold down the shutter button (or volume up button) to start. While holding down the shutter button, a counter appears, showing you the number of shots snapped.

To stop shooting, lift your finger and the burst will be automatically saved to your Camera Roll.

Turn on HDR Auto

The High Dynamic Range or HDR is a feature that allows you to snap photos that may have high contrast light sources.

For example, an image of bright sunset against a darkening mountain will be best captured in HDR without distorting either the light or the dark area of the picture.

Your iPhone is capable of doing this by snapping several pictures in quick succession at different exposures and then merging them to create a unified image.

You can manually turn on HDR or turn it off from the Camera app. HDR Auto which uses information from your iPhone’s sensor as you point it at a subject to determine if an image would need HDR correction and then turns it on if it is required.

Once on, a little yellow “HDR” box appears at the bottom of the screen to notify you of its activation. This prevents you from unnecessarily shooting HDR, potentially saving you a little bit of extra storage space on your device.

Lock Focus On Your Subject For Pin-Sharp Images

If you are making an attempt at macro photography or you want to prevent your camera from focusing on a different subject in the frame, simply lock your focus point on your current subject.

To lock your focus point on the current subject, just tap the screen and hold on the subject in question until the yellow AE/AF Lock alert pops up.

The implication of this is that the automatic exposure metering and automatic focus metering have been locked on your subject; to remove the lock, just tap anywhere else on the frame.

Use Exposure Meter To Adjust Image Exposure

If you notice an image is too bright or underexposed as the case may be, the exposure meter allows you to fix this.

Adjusting the yellow exposure slider next to the focus square allows you to fix such an image before snapping.

Tap once on the focus square and exposure slider, slide the sun icon upward or downward to increase or decrease exposure.

Live Photos

iPhone cameras come with an exciting feature called Live Photos. This feature brings your photos to life rather than freezing a moment in time with a still photo.

The Live Photo feature instead creates a wonderful moving image. With Live Photo, moments before and after you take the picture are also capture, then combined to create a 3-second video, complete with movement and sound.

To switch on Live Photos, just tap the circles icon at the top of the Camera app. When the icon turns yellow, Live Photos is on. When you shoot with Live Photos on, the camera saves video footage of the 1.5 seconds before and 1.5 seconds after you click the shutter button.

You can add effects such as Loop, Bounce or Long Exposure to live photos captured on your iPhone.


As powerful as iPhone cameras are, you still need to follow some guides in order to snap really great pictures. The tips provided here will go a long way in ensuring your next photo taken with your iPhone comes out great.

Author: Arinze

A Photography enthusiastic. I work with a group of other professional photographers to provide you tips on photography

About Arinze

A Photography enthusiastic. I work with a group of other professional photographers to provide you tips on photography

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