25 More Tips for Mastering iPhone Photography

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In my first set of twenty-five tips (OK, twenty-six, but who’s counting) to help you improve your iPhone photography, I urged you to consider that in order to make a compelling photograph - one that makes your viewer pause to soak it in a bit more - you need a basic understanding of the photographic principles apropos of composition, exposure, and lighting.

Let’s face it, while the iPhone’s tiny, cramped camera is an engineering marvel, it nevertheless often suffers - photographically speaking - because of its physical limitations. By learning to use some of the incredible photo apps available to you, you are able to overcome those limitations through software image processing, enhancing and manipulation. It also never hurts to occasionally absorb a handful of great iPhone Photography tips and tricks.

And so, let’s continue with these tips, as I offer you my second set of twenty-five to help you master your iPhone Photography:

27. No amount of editing can turn a “bad” image into a “good” one. Learn to capture your image properly in-camera, rather than relying on fixes later.

28. There is nothing wrong with shooting into strong light, such as a bright sky. However, some decisions need to be made on what part of the scene to base proper exposure on. If your goal is to shoot silhouettes, where backlight overwhelms a foreground subject, expose for the lighted area to drop the subject into deep shadow and de-emphasize unneeded details.

An iPhone Lock Screen

Quickly access the camera from the Lock Screen by flicking the camera icon upward

29. Always be at the ready for that special shot. Don’t forget that you have a quick way to bring up the iPhone Camera app right from the Lock Screen. See the little camera icon on the bottom-right? Flick it up to quickly get you to the camera.

30. Do you really need to apply watermarks to your image? While many iPhone photo apps give you this capability, why do it? If you must, consider that they may be ugly, tacky and distracting, plus, seriously… who’s going to steal your photos anyway? OK, before sending emails, don’t do as I do, do as I say!

A photo of a lady eating pizza

If you do decide to use a watermark, is it intrusive? Is it tacky? Is it in Comic Sans font?

31. Keep your iPhone camera lens clean. Look, we know that our wonderful devices smudge-up easily. If you have grease and other dirt on the lens, your images will lack sharpness. I carry a small micro-fiber cloth to keep not just the lens, but the whole device clean.

Next: Mastering iPhone Photography: Rules 32 - 36

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Lee Dronick

Good tips! I linked to your article from my Facebook page.

Jared Lawson

Still amazing to see how far mobile photography has come…I think the #1 tip on here should be “no amount of editing can turn a bad photo into a good one” - true with any style of photography. California Photographer


Great work, Sandro. Now if you could give me some advice on how to photograph my Corgi. On the sly or the demand to stay sill, nothing works out the way I would like. She still comes across looking like the psychopath she is. Honestly, I haven’t one nice picture of her, except for her portrait in Hallowe’en consume, or asleep snoring. There is no proportion or art to them. However, I will use your techniques here to improve my walkabout photos and maybe my Corgi shooting will improve. Ach, Freud!

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