How to Take Amazing Photos with your iPhone

Let's face it...gone are the days when we used to carry around our 35mm and point and shoot cameras for our travels and daily adventures. Nowadays, we carry around a multifunctional device that makes calls for us and also takes pictures. Technology has given us the incredible gift of having a pocket size 12mp camera that takes high resolution photos with a wide angle and a telephoto lens (iPhone 7 Plus specs). But even if you don't carry this specific phone, chances are you still have a great camera on your phone and you haven't yet mastered the magic of it. For your daily photographic bits and pieces, I've gathered some tips for taking better photos with your camera, that you can instantly apply when taking pictures with your iPhone or any other smartphone. 

Tips for Taking Better Photos with any camera

  1. Forget about the flash. I cannot stress this enough! Even with my professional work, I use natural light 99% of the time! In my opinion, you can very well replace the flash and use natural reflectors to compensate as your fill light. Natural reflectors you might see on a daily basis are sidewalks, white buildings, and any place where you can place your subject on an open shade. One very important tip is to omit the natural reflectors on the frame of your photo so that you don't reveal the light source and eliminate any distractions this might cause.
  2. Don't zoom in; reposition. Instead of zooming in from your camera or your phone, use your feet and reposition yourself. By doing this, you will discover many different angles that can instantly bring a whole lot of magic to your photo. 
  3. Use the self-timer (on your smartphones). Instead of having an overload of selfies with long arms in the corner or going around with a selfie stick all the time, try using the self-timer. This little gem is often a forgotten tool on iPhones and smartphones and you should definitely be using it more often! 
  4. Capture the fun. There are no better images than the ones that bring out the essence of the moment you are capturing. Quite often, people go to special gatherings or events with just their camera phones and come back with tons of selfies and images with the people they met at the event but no pictures of what the event was about. And there's nothing wrong with this. But try thinking outside the box and you'll be surprised with how your images will change and how many memories you will be able to capture! 

To me, the world around me deserves an image that tells a story. It doesn't matter which camera or equipment you're using, what matters most is how you tell the story through a still image 😉

Here are some of my personal images taken with my iPhone 7 Plus. Subjects featured are my hubby, kids, favorite places, and myself! 

I used the shaded areas to place my subject and use the checkered sidewalk as my fill light for the shadows. Taken at mid-day. 

I used the shaded areas to place my subject and use the checkered sidewalk as my fill light for the shadows. Taken at mid-day. 

I focused on the blue-ish sky in order to draw back the light on the leaves and have them with no distracting shadows, thus resulting in a pleasing frame for the sunset. 

I focused on the blue-ish sky in order to draw back the light on the leaves and have them with no distracting shadows, thus resulting in a pleasing frame for the sunset. 

Yes, I love museums! I captured this photo by using the available light that was being brought in through the displays and I repositioned myself in order to have an angle in which I would be able to capture my subject and the surroundings in the exact exposure that I wanted.

Yes, I love museums! I captured this photo by using the available light that was being brought in through the displays and I repositioned myself in order to have an angle in which I would be able to capture my subject and the surroundings in the exact exposure that I wanted.

Shooting with your phone on overcast days can be a bit challenging at times. You never want your sky to look overexposed. If there are grey skies, then let it be grey skies in your picture as well. To achieve this, focus on a shaded area instead of an area with the most light and then adjust the exposure. 

Shooting with your phone on overcast days can be a bit challenging at times. You never want your sky to look overexposed. If there are grey skies, then let it be grey skies in your picture as well. To achieve this, focus on a shaded area instead of an area with the most light and then adjust the exposure. 

To capture the exact skin tones, use natural reflectors as your fill light. 

To capture the exact skin tones, use natural reflectors as your fill light. 

By using the depth effect on my iPhone 7 Plus, I was able to create separation and bring attention to the foreground and still have an interesting background. 

By using the depth effect on my iPhone 7 Plus, I was able to create separation and bring attention to the foreground and still have an interesting background. 

Taken at around 1pm, this is a very good example of the use of natural reflectors. By using the light bouncing in the pavement as the fill light, we were able to eliminate harsh shadows and distracting highlights. This image is thanks to my 11 year old son who already knows how to handle different lighting situations 😃

Taken at around 1pm, this is a very good example of the use of natural reflectors. By using the light bouncing in the pavement as the fill light, we were able to eliminate harsh shadows and distracting highlights. This image is thanks to my 11 year old son who already knows how to handle different lighting situations 😃

By not using flash, and using only the available light, I was able to capture the essence of this Pecha Kucha presentation at the Dr. Phillips Center in Orlando. I used the main light of the auditorium as my main light as well. 

By not using flash, and using only the available light, I was able to capture the essence of this Pecha Kucha presentation at the Dr. Phillips Center in Orlando. I used the main light of the auditorium as my main light as well. 

Always remember to capture beautiful, candid moments! Thanks to my hubby for this picture with my loving Zeus. 

Always remember to capture beautiful, candid moments! Thanks to my hubby for this picture with my loving Zeus. 

There are times when you really need to push yourself into creating something different. I took 3 images before this one. I waited until my oldest son was just about where the light was coming in and he would be my main focus. I adjusted the exposure on my iPhone in order to keep the shadows, which I loved! 

There are times when you really need to push yourself into creating something different. I took 3 images before this one. I waited until my oldest son was just about where the light was coming in and he would be my main focus. I adjusted the exposure on my iPhone in order to keep the shadows, which I loved! 

I used the light bouncing out of the building to capture this portrait of my boys. 

I used the light bouncing out of the building to capture this portrait of my boys. 

shot on iPhone 7 plus
By using the depth effect on my iPhone 7 Plus, and by adjusting the exposure, I was able to capture the interesting raindrops in these leaves and flowers!

By using the depth effect on my iPhone 7 Plus, and by adjusting the exposure, I was able to capture the interesting raindrops in these leaves and flowers!

When taking pictures of objects, explore different angles from mid-level height. 

When taking pictures of objects, explore different angles from mid-level height. 

Taken in beautiful Helen, Georgia, this picture is compliments of the self-timer! 

Taken in beautiful Helen, Georgia, this picture is compliments of the self-timer! 

You can also compliment your photos by doing the final edits on my favorite editing app called VSCO. Download it on your iPhone or Android and maximize the results of your finalized images taken from your phone! 

So, now you're more than ready to go exploring with your phone and apply these handy tips for really amazing photos! Join the YN Experience group on Facebook and share some of your photos with an awesome community of fabulous people just like you! 

Yanitza Ninett is a Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer based in Orlando, serving the Central Florida area, Daytona Beach and St. Augustine. From Engagement SessionsOutdoor WeddingsBeach Weddings and documenting couples as they 'trash the dress', to Maternity and Family Photography, the YN Experience characterizes by giving an unforgettable photo session experience along with professionalism and dedication. We are about telling stories...your story! Contact us for more info!