For all conceivable reasons the iPhone is often the only camera that millions of people around the globe ever use. It’s convenient, sharp, and is arguably the best camera—because it’s always with you! Whether you use a smartphone or a DSLR as your go-to camera, these eight tips from Marc Silber will no doubt help you make better photos:
1. You don’t take photographs, you make them
This is the golden adage from the greatest landscape photographer ever, Ansel Adams. Making encompasses much more personal effort than taking, which is more like shooting without thinking.
2. The most important point of photography is YOU and not the camera
The camera only captures what you envision. It’s just a tool and is not even that good when it comes to seeing things. You tell it what to look at and how to look at it.
3. Tell a story
A good picture is like a good story. It should be devoid of anything that doesn’t add to the plot. A good photographer is like a good story teller—precise and to the point.
4. Focus on the key element of the image
Focus on the main element of the image. An image that is cluttered with too much going on in it isn’t a great way of telling your viewers what to focus on. Focus only on what you want your viewers to look at and leave out the rest.
5. Frame your photos
Framing denotes using anything in your image that frames and draws emphasis to the main subject.
“Look for something that establishes a border of your photograph. That does a bunch of different things. One, it establishes the context of the photograph.”
6. Use your feet to zoom
Never ever use digital zoom. Always zoom with your feet. You will be glad you did so when you see your images on a bigger screen.
7. Take care of your camera
You are your camera’s best friend (and vice versa) and your iPhone is just like any other camera. It is a delicate thing—especially the lens. Clean your camera lens as often as you can to ensure there are no smudges, stains, or dirt.
8. Adjust your focus and exposure
Most smartphones allow you to adjust both the focus and the exposure of your images. This gives an incredible advantage to photographers who wish to be more creative with their photography. To focus, simply tap on the element that you want to be the sharpest and the camera reacquires focus on that spot.
To change exposure on an iPhone, swipe your finger up or down. Swiping up increases exposure and swiping down does the opposite.
Did you know that your iPhone has a remote shutter release? It’s the plus and minus volume control button on the headphones. Using it helps keep your images steady, because you don’t have to touch your camera in order to make an image.
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