6. Stabilization. For the highest quality pictures, your iPhone needs to be perfectly stabilized, so just take a tripod everywhere you go! Obviously that’s not going to happen. The alternative is finding creative ways to stabilize your arms while shooting. If possible, use both hands to hold the phone, rest your elbows on a hard surface, or lean your shoulders against a solid object. Keep in mind, the shutter button doesn’t take the picture until your finger releases. So instead of tapping your phone, which causes shaking, try gently pressing and releasing the button. Or for an extra boost of stability, try using the timer feature — set it to 3 seconds, stabilize your phone, and let the automatic shutter do the rest.
7. Clean your lens. This is probably the number one thing people forget to do before taking a photo. Your phone bounces around all day and the lens is usually covered in smudges. Always remember to give it a quick wipe down before shooting.
8. Use HDR. What exactly is HDR? It stands for High Dynamic Range, and it’s a tool designed to capture detail in all of the different light tones in a photograph — highlights, midtones and shadows. It works by taking three different exposures of the same image and blending them together. That way nothing gets lost to over exposure or to dark shadows. What you’re left with is a highly detailed image with a dynamic range of colors and tones. You may notice your HDR appears a little bit flat, with a lack of contrast, but that just means it’s doing its job. You need to use an editing app or program with HDR photos in order to unlock their full potential.
9. Use focus & exposure. You probably already tap the screen on your camera to pull focus, but did you know that if your press and slide the screen you can move the exposure up or down on your picture? Setting the right exposure before you take your shot is crucial for maximizing details and minimizing overblown highlights. You can lock focus and exposure by pressing and holding the screen (you can still slide-adjust exposure while in lock mode).
10. Avoid digital zoom. If you’re not using an iPhone which has an optical zoom (plus models & the X). Steer clear of the zoom feature, as it will just expand pixels and compromise the details of your your image.
11. Avoid using pre-filters. Once you add salt to your spaghetti, you can’t take it out. It’s better to work with a blank canvas, that retain as much natural color and detail as possible so that you have more dynamic editing options.