Tips To Get The Best Use of Your Mobile Phone's Camera
I’ve included some tips to consider when using your iPhone for travel photography.
12 iPhone X Camera Tips You Won’t Want to Forget
If you're looking for a way to take your iphone photography up a notch, then I've got just the thing. 12 camera tips that will help you achieve some amazing shots and make it easier than ever before.
It should be noted that most of these tips can be applied if you own any of the other iPhone models or even other camera phones.
1. Turn on all the lights in the room
The iPhone X has a smaller lens and sensor than DSLRs or Mirrorless cameras. That means that it can't collect as much light which is why turning on all of the lights in your room before taking pictures will help so tremendously when using an iPhone to take photos.
Turn on ALL of the lights in your house/room before going out for selfies with friends. The pitfall we face right away is because iPhones have tiny lenses and sensors - they don't capture enough light like our camera gear does (DSLR's & mirrorless). So make sure you turn them ON- trust me, I tried both ways.
Noise can become a problem quickly, but don't fret. I have the solution: add light! It really is that simple. Turning on every available light will immediately enhance your image and make it sharper with less noise overall by reflecting off of other surfaces around you in even more lights to produce an improved quality photo without needing expensive equipment or post processing software tweaks.
2. Turn on the flash
More light = better iPhone photos. iPhones have the tendency to not use the built-in flash as much as they should. Now, while it is a point light source and thus a harsh light source, it is also probably not strong enough to overpower your ambient lighting. Rather than brightness, what you need are fill lights that will reduce noise in images by filling in shadows without creating ugly highlights or dark spots on people's faces when lit from below (unless of course if you ignored my first tip about using proper lightning).
The pure white light of your flash is bright and powerful. Be sure to watch out for the color temperature difference between it, and the ambient lighting in a room where you are taking pictures. If they don't match up well enough, some features will be blown out or appear too dark on camera - which can lead to an undesirable final product. To get around this problem try using “True Tone” flashes at home; then play with different settings until you find just what works best for your given situation.
3. Use “Portrait Mode”
One place where mobile devices struggle is when trying to take advantage of optics. Enter computational photography, the technology that makes it possible for you to achieve a shallow depth of field and many other effects with your phone.
The iPhone is a fantastic camera phone for those looking to take better photos with their device. The ability of the iphone x to recognize your subject and separate them from the background creates amazing bokeh, which add complexity without being overwhelming or distracting. Although it's not perfect (yet) this feature is only getting stronger as new iterations are released each year.
This magical feature is now available on your phone. Simply swipe from the main camera into “portrait” mode and you will be guided by helpful prompts to take a selfie that separates subject and background. Seven to eight feet works well for selfies, but depending where you've positioned yourself this distance may vary - so don't worry if it doesn't work right away just keep at it until 8 feet or more of separation has been achieved.
The iPhone comes with portrait mode for your selfies and the latest iOS has a variety of app filters to help you snap beautiful photos. The newest camera technology will light up any subject, even when it's just an iphone selfie! It is so easy now, try swiping between modes while using up close pictures too see how beautifully lighting can separate subjects from backgrounds in portraits that were taken properly.
4. Tap on screen to adjust focus and exposure
The iPhone Camera app has been around for a long time, and it's not just the latest update that can help you capture those perfect shots. A handy feature built into the camera is exposure control- an often overlooked function which was first seen in early versions of iOS 8 when Apple introduced Auto HDR mode. To use this function take your finger to where you want to focus on within the frame and hold it there while dragging up or down with your other hand until you have hit optimum brightness levels.
This is your key to unlocking the perfect sunset shot, which you can easily accomplish by dragging down on your screen and selecting “under-expose.”
The new camera setting on the iPhone is so clever! Another level of functionality in this feature is the ability to lock exposure and auto focus. Once it’s set how you like it, just hold on the screen for two seconds and you will see a AE/AF Lock indication pop up. You can then recompose your image without fear that these settings will change again while shooting.
5. Don’t pinch to zoom when taking pictures
Zooming is actually a tricky thing for iPhones. You can't really zoom because it's not optical, but digital "zoom." Pinching your fingers together on the screen will crop an image and change its size to make things bigger or smaller. Technically you should be able to use those cropping features with Apple’s other iPhone models that have dual lenses (X and Plus), but they're technically more of a lens swap than zooming as their sensors are different from one another so each has its own camera system which means there isn’t any true “zooming.
Zoom would be changing the focal length of your phone through touching two points in order to give you what feels like closer view; however
The truth is, I discovered a big caveat with the "2x camera" while writing this article. When lighting conditions are not optimal and you tap 2x, it will use a digital zoom instead of actual optics because the 1X has slightly larger sensor or aperture in comparison to other iPhone versions. In order for your phone to know if its actually utilizing these options when using apps like Instagram (which take advantage of high-res cameras) cover up one lens by covering just about any telephoto lense but leave the main lens unobstructed so that's how you'll know if you've switched over properly.
Pinch zooming is a tricky move. If done too quickly, it can be difficult to get the desired composition using your fingers as an artist's brushstroke on canvas; moving around and waiting for that perfect moment will result in better compositions. A far superior approach would be to take a photo without going into pinch-to-zoom mode first so you have time to think about what you want before taking the picture--or even changing course at any point during or after shooting: this allows for destructive workflows which come with some level of undo/redo functionality when applying digital effects like cropping images later down the line!
A quick and easy way to get better photos while using your phone camera is with the help of clip on lenses. You can attach thes