Mobile photography is on the rise thanks to apps like Instagram and Snapchat. iPhones have made a lot progress over the years. They are still out eclipsed by DSLRs, but they do have many benefits.

Every photographer knows it is not the camera, but the person who is holding the camera that makes a great picture.

1. You always have your phone with you

Unless you are a hardcore photographer, you do not carry your big bulky camera with you. That is where your iPhone shines; you always have it with you. The greatest camera in the world is the one you have with you. You may have an expensive camera, but it will not do you much good if it is at home. Your iPhones lens is more limited than the lens of a DSLR, but it is always in your pocket when you leave home.

2. Clean The Lens

Speaking of the lens, your iPhone spends much time in your pocket and will get dirty. Dirt, dust, and fingerprints on your lens will have a significant impact on the quality of your photos.

Dirt will block light from entering the camera’s sensor and will affect how sharp your photos are. A clean lens will get you sharp photos with your iPhone.

3. Lighter body and two hands to stabilize

If you have ever carried a DSLR and lens around with you, but it can get heavy. I own a Canon 5D MK iii and then lens I use most often is a Tamron SP 24-70mm together that is a weight of almost 4 lbs. Doesn’t sound like a lot but after a day in your bag it can add up especially since my iPhone 7 weighs only 4.87 oz. Since it is smaller than my DSLR, I can use two hands to help stabilize my shot. Using two hands will also help with blurry photos especially in low light situations.

4. Light can make or break your shot

Photography means “painting with light.” Since the quality of your iPhone is not on par with glass for a DSLR the quality of light can make or break your photo. When shooting portraits do not shoot into the light. When you are taking pictures of people, keep their face out of direct light.

5. Manually adjust focus and exposure

Your iPhone will do its best to guess what you are trying to take a photo of but it will not always be correct. Make sure you always tap on the screen where you want your focus to be.

6. Use your feet to zoom

One of the differences between a DSLR and an iPhone is that a DSLR has optical zoom and the iPhone has digital zoom. Optical zoom is where you rotate the lens to zoom. With an iPhone, you pinch the screen to zoom. What most people do not realize is that you are not zooming in, you are just cropping the photo. The problem is every time you crop you degrade the quality of the picture if you want to zoom in get up and walk closer to it.

7. Rule of Thirds

Focus and exposure are important in photography, but the composition is equally important. Without good composition, your photo is not going to be very appealing. The rule of thirds is crucial to get the proper composition in photography.

The rule of thirds involves picturing a grid over your image, using two horizontal lines and two vertical lines. You then position the important elements in your scene along those lines, or at the points where they meet.

On the iPhone, you can add a grid to your screen to help you compose a shot. To turn the grid on, go into settings, photos & camera, then switch on the grid.

8. Using Leading Lines

Leading lines is a very basic compositional tool in photography. It involves using lines to draw the eye to a particular area of the photo. When you are composing your picture, you have to be aware of all the lines in your shot and where they lead.

Not all leading lines are real lines like power lines or lines on a road. Others are implied lines such as a row of trees or the horizon. Both can be used to draw the eye to the subject of your picture.

9. Always mind the background

You need to be aware of everything that is in your frame. You do not want to focus on taking someone’s photo and not notice the tree in the background appears to be growing out of their head.

You want your background to be simple. If there is too much going on it will ruin your composition. Your audience may not be sure what you were trying to take a picture of if there is too much going on in your frame.

10. Change your perspective

Do not be afraid to get down on the ground to take a photo. With your iPhone, it is a lot easier to get down low or to shoot down on a subject than with a DSLR. Most people will hold their iPhone vertically and take their photo from a standing position. When you see something, you want to photograph, take it from many angles. You can switch up the composition by shooting with your phone horizontally.

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