“The best camera is the one you have with you.” is becoming a common phrase in this era of ever-improving smartphone cameras. Here are 5 tips for getting the most from your iPhone camera from Instructor Clint Erekson:
1. Remember you’re shooting with an iPhone:
The iPhone camera is a great tool but it does have its limitations. It’s not going to have the same quality as a professional DSLR, but it does make for good shots given the right circumstances. One thing it does have over a professional DSLR is portability – it’s definitely a lot easier to carry your phone in your pocket than it is a clunky camera around your neck.
2. Consider your subject matter:
Some things just aren’t made to be shot with an iPhone. That’s not to say that you can’t use your phone for commercial looking photos, or to produce some beautiful fine art prints (I certainly have). Just remember the limitations – you’re not going to get amazing action shots at the football game while sitting in the bleachers.
3. Edit Edit Edit:
In this age of digital photography it’s easy to take hundreds of shots and keep them all, and that can take up a lot of space on your phone. It’s okay to take multiple shots of the same subject but try to delete the ones that don’t work. Is one more in focus than the next one? Which portrait has a better smile? If you can train yourself and delete unnecessary photos, you’ll save yourself a lot of time and headache – not every one is a “keeper”.
There are literally thousands of photo and camera apps available from the App Store. Take the time to find some free ones (maybe pay for some if the description appeals to you) and just play around with them. What can they do for your photos? What sort of filters do they offer? How easy and intuitive is it? I have narrowed my list of apps to just a few that I really like, and I now shoot and edit all my photos in the phone.
5. Have fun:
I think this one speaks for itself!
If you’d like more insight and guided training in using your iPhone, check out Clint’s class: The Art of iPhoneography