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Ten Ways to Take Professional Photos with an iPhone

The first thing our eyes are drawn to is a photo. Your business website, blog or social media accounts may be designed well and have great bios and captions, but if your photos are of low quality, people lose interest. Since a photo is worth 1,000 words, what do your photos say about you? The problem is not everyone has access to or can afford a quality camera, but the good news is that chances are you have potential for taking memorable photos in your back pocket.

1. Turn on the HDR Auto function.

If you are taking a photo with dynamic natural light, or are capturing artificial light directly in the photo, make sure to turn on the HDR auto function. With this setting on, the light will not be overexposed and the sky will not be washed out. Your photo light will be evenly distributed and not harsh on the eyes.

2. Use the exposure sliding tool to make your images brighter or darker.

When you tap on the screen, a yellow focus box should appear, with a sun symbol on the side of it. If your photo is too bright or too dark, slide the symbol up and down until the light is balanced.

3. Don’t rely on the iPhone’s focus. Focus photos manually.

Hold down on the screen on the object you want to focus on. This will prevent the focus from switching to another object should you or something in the background move. This ensures that your photos can highlight exactly what you want to highlight and it can also give the effect of a DSLR camera.

4. Use burst to capture moving photos.

Life moves fast. In order to capture it, we want to be just as fast. Clicking the camera button a mile a minute isn’t enough, however. The photos will still come out with motion blur. In order to capture still motion, click the camera button and hold down to capture a burst. Then you are able to pick your favorite images from the burst and discard the rest.

5. Follow the Rule of Thirds

The rule of thirds says that the most visually pleasing photos are not the ones where the subject of interest is directly in the center, but when it is in the outer four quadrants of the imaginary lines that cross on a photo. To make sure your photo is composed properly without having to do any cropping later, turn on the grid lines: Go to settings, scroll down to Photos & Camera and make sure the switch is on for the grid.

6. Try shooting at different angles

You want your photos to reflect all of the thought that was put into them. Taking photos from different angles will show creativity and will help your photos stand out. It’s easier to get really low or stretch your arms and shoot really high with a light device like a phone rather than a camera with a strap to wrestle with. The next time you’re shooting something that seems inherently boring, make it fun. Get on the ground for a worm’s eye view or climb something (but be safe!) for a bird’s eye view.

7. Find natural framing

Sometimes an environment gives us perfect, stagnant objects to shoot through. For example, if there is a bush nearby, don’t think of it as a nuisance: Use it! Shoot through the leaves. If there is a fence or a park bench, get behind it and frame your subject in between the links and holes. Not only does this look nice in photos, but it leads the viewer’s eye to your intended subject.

8. Avoid the flash

Like the plague. Make sure to turn your auto flash off and opt to use natural lighting in your photos instead. The flash can cause motion blur or can wash someone out. It can also ruin your attempts at those one-chance shots that come along. Disable to auto flash, and use some of the above tips and natural lighting to light your photos.

9. Use your body to zoom

Convenience is a great thing, right? For the most part, but when it’s compromising the quality of your photo, it becomes more of an inconvenience for the photo’s viewers. Whenever possible, if you’re too far away from something, don’t zoom in on your iPhone screen. This reduces the image quality and makes your photo grainy. Instead of sacrificing a good photo for temporary comfort, take a few steps closer, lean in and zoom by moving instead.

10. Practice!

In order to perfect your work flow and photography style you have to take lots of photos. Practice taking photos in low-lighting situations if that is your weakness, so that when the opportunity comes to take photos in low light that you actually want, you’ll be ready. Take photos of anything and everything you find interesting. Let your creativity guide you.

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