Yet Another 25 Tips for Mastering iPhone Photography

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Dear iPhoneographers and TMO readers: my first two installments, “25 Tips for Mastering iPhone Photography” and “25 More Tips for Mastering iPhone Photography” were well received, thank you. People who are passionate about technology and photography tips, tricks, and techniques are always hungry for more. I have thousands for you, but for the time being, I offer you yet another twenty-five tips for mastering iPhone photography.

51.) As you peruse your iPhone photos, concentrate on those that really strike you. Throw out the ones that don’t reveal a theme or subject, the accidental shots of your feet or your finger, the blurred, the meaningless, etc. Keep paring down your keepers, then edit and process those if you need to and enhance those aspects of the photos that are already great.

52.) The more you shoot, the more chances you have of you getting that winning shot. 

An iPhone screen showing the setup for shooting a square photo

In the Camera app, swipe left or right to get to the Square photo format

53.) Consider experimenting with your iPhone camera’s Square photo format in iOS 7. It’s not just for posting to the square-happy Instagram online photo-sharing service. The square format has been around for many years - used primarily by professional commercial and fine-art film photographers as well as by advanced amateurs. Try it. You will find that many of your compositions work best within a square format. 

54.) When going over your iPhone photos, are there any whose message can be enhanced by adding a certain “feel” via processing?

The top toolbar of the Camera app

The center button depicts the HDR Mode currently enabled. Tapping on it allows you to choose modes

55.) If you’re iPhone is up-to-date with iOS software, you should see the Auto HDR (High Dynamic Range) feature while in the Camera App. Consider keeping this enabled for more dynamic range overall. I have written more extensively on the topic of HDR in my article “How to Do HDR Photography on Your iPhone, and Why You Should” right here on TMO.

The Photos & Camera Settings panel

Scroll all the way to the bottom of the Photos & Camera Settings panel to get to the HDR setting

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