iPhone Photography: A Beginner’s Guide

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As almost blogger knows, photography is essential to the running of a blog. From creating effective visuals to something more than just letters on the screen to look at. Knowing how to achieve better quality photographs is something we all strive towards. So I thought I would a post today on all the tips and tricks of using an iPhone for photography, as this is how I do all my photography for my blog as I do not have a separate camera.

Now I’m not going to go into each of the features in the iPhone’s camera application, but I can definitely go more in depth in a future post if you prefer. In this Beginner’s Guide, I’m more going to go over different tips and tricks to achieving the nicest photography that is DSLR Quality.

Note: Using a stock photo from an amazing blogger who does free stock photos every two weeks as I thought these needed to be shared, and also because I have no way of photographing my own phone while I’m taking photos from my phone. Her link is below the picture. Show her some love!

Credit: Vogue Web Ventures

Credit: Vogue Web Ventures


This button on your iPhone gives you high dynamic range that helps give you the best balance exposure for your photograph. It can be set to on, off, or auto. I typically leave mine on auto as it determines if it’s needed based off the lighting. And if I disagree with what it does, I simply turn it off for that shot.


This is something almost everyone will tell you, turn the flash on your phone off. It ruins more photographs then it helps. Best advice is to take photographs in either natural lighting or an artificial lighting setup that mimics natural lighting. 


Similar to flash, zooming often degrades your photograph. The focus on your camera does a much better job if you actually walk up or get as close as possible to the subject.

Take Multiple Shots

This isn’t so much just in relations to iPhone photography but photography in general. Always take a bunch of different photographs of your subject. Because sometimes the first photo doesn’t turn out as perfect as you think it does. And the last thing that you want to find out is that the focus is off, quality is not to your standards, or part of your subject is cut off. Especially if you no longer have that subject available to photograph again. So taking multiple shots help you get that perfect blog photograph. I typically take about twenty to thirty photos of my subject before I move onto the next. And afterwards during editing I’ll choose whichever turned out the best.

Edit Your Photographs

This one I didn’t always do or believe in. My thought was that it had to be perfect right away when you took the picture. For a small portion that is true, but a lot of the great shots do come from some enhancements afterwards. From either adjusting temperature, curves, or exposure. I use either Color Story on my phone or PicMonkey on my computer to achieve this. Depending on where I’m editing for the day.

What are your biggest iPhone Photography tips? Leave me a comment with your suggestions!

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