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Are you in the market for the latest iPhone but not sure which one you’d like? Fortunately, it’s possible to rent iPhones and brush up on the features while you decide. If you’re a novice photographer, consider these basic tips to ensure clear, crisp images.
As any avid photographer knows, wasting time unlocking your phone and waiting for the camera app to load can be frustrating, especially if the perfect shot is happening right in front of you. Access your camera shortcut, activate it and then for future use simply swipe up your lock screen and tap the camera icon. It’s that simple.
As simple as it sounds, the one tip that can really determine whether or not you have clear photos is a clean lens. Being in your hands for a significant amount of time means your iPhone will no doubt be covered in fingerprints and this probably includes the lens.
Develop the habit of cleaning your lens every time you want to take photos, ensuring you don’t have smudgy images.
Your iPhone’s default camera app offers a variety of different modes for taking photos such as ‘photo’, ‘panorama’ and ‘square’. To simplify your photo editing options, decide where you’re going to publish the photos. Now shoot in the mode from the onset as opposed to having to edit it afterwards.
For example, for Instagram you can shoot directly in square mode, rather than having to crop the photo before posting online.
4. The Rule of Thirds
A simple tip for taking photos that are enjoyable to look at is a concept called ‘rule of thirds’. By using the grid option on, you can line up the ideal angle of the photo you want to take. When looking at your intended image through grid option, you’ll see that it’s divided into three sections.
A common mistake new photographer’s make is the assumption that the image you’re shooting should always be in the center of the screen. Expert photographers suggest taking the image with two thirds open. So, the object you’re taking a photo of will be in the far left or far right for example and the scenery will be in the other two thirds.
Apple has included a feature called ‘Burst Mode‘ which enables you to snap photos in rapid succession, making it more likely that you’ll get a clear picture from the lot. This is a very helpful feature when you’re chasing a busy toddler, hoping for a cute picture!
Camera shake is the enemy of every good photo opportunity. Avoid blurry photos by using the Volume Up button while your phone is using the camera app. This is ideal for selfies!
The viewfinder allows you to lock focus on the image you want to snap, preventing your iPhone’s camera from grabbing the wrong subject in the frame.
Once you’ve mastered the basics, you’ll soon have hundreds of new snaps to upload to your favourite social media account.