Quick Guide To Snappy Shots

Digital photography has made taking photos easier than ever. The iPhone keeps a camera in your pocket at all times. But, is it possible to get images just as good as a conventional camera from a phone?


iPhone photography has limitations, it can’t do everything that your digital SLR can, but it’s a phone, it’s not supposed to! Having said that, you can get incredible results, and the quality will surprise you – Where Sydney Magazine recently ran a front cover shot from an iPhone.


7 Basic Rules

1. Keep it clean: Your phone can have a hard life; before you take a photo check that the lens is clean.

2. Hold it right: Hold the phone like a camera, it will keep it still, and allow you time to correctly frame your photo.

3. Don’t Zoom: This is the biggest downfall of a phone with a camera, the zoom is very low quality. Always move forward instead of zooming.

4. Quality First: Check your camera settings, always shoot on the highest image quality setting, you never know when you’ll take the photo of your life.

5. Shoot Lots: If you have time, change your angle, change your position, and shoot it again from a different perspective.

6. Move to your subject: Adults shoot at eye height for them, great for most things, but shooting things lower like pets and children, get down to their level for the best results.

7. Flash: Phone flash isn’t great; unless it’s the only way to get a photo, turn it off. If you are shooting food always turn it off, if you are in a restaurant ALWAYS turn it off.


6 Technical Tips

1. Keep it simple: If you are uploading to Instagram and Facebook, your friends will be seeing your photo on a mobile, keep your photo simple to get dramatic results.

2. Photo composition: The best results come from photos that have a foreground, mid-ground and background, this allows for depth in the photo, and take the viewers eye into the shot.

3. Focusing: The camera will always focus on the centre of your subject. Tapping other points of the screen will tell the camera where to focus. This will allow for far greater creativity. 

4. Exposure correcting: When you are shooting a subject with differences in light, like a sunset (the sky is very bright, the foreground is in shadow) the camera will show an average exposure, tap around the screen to change the exposure for the best result.

5. The photo comes first: A photography lecturer of mine once said, “You can’t turn horse shit into fair floss”, when asked about editing photos. Basically get it right in the camera, don’t reply on apps, filters and editing.

6. Image overload: iPhone photography means you are shooting more; currently over 250,000,000 photos are uploaded to Facebook every day. Make sure you download and delete from your phone regularly. File your photos on your computer in folders, so you can find them again easily.


2 iPhone tricks you don’t know

1. Multiple pictures: Hold the shoot/shutter button down to take a ‘burst’ of photos.

2. Remote control: Plug in your headphone cable and use the volume up button to take photos.


By Tony Ilbery

Instagram: @tonyilbery  

If you want to see some of Tony Ilbery’s iPhone photos follow him on Instagram. He is currently taking part in the #blackandwhitechallenge




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