How To Take Better iPhone Photos This Year


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The iPhone can make a photographer out of anyone—if you know how to use it, that is. Sure, the dawn of Apple's game-changing device (that's the understatement of the year) had many bona fide photographers shook, decrying the images it captured as less than, but each technological advance has raised the smartphone's image capturing capabilities to rival that of professional cameras. And with apps designed to share those images, the call to produce stronger, more compelling photographs is louder than ever.

Most of us, however, don't know how to harness the iPhone's photography power—let alone its other myriad functions. This lack has made room for folks like Jack Hollingsworth, a photographer and author of the newly released guide to iPhone photography The Joy of iPhotography, to share the tricks of the trade. Hollingsworth has become a staple within the iPhotography world. His understanding of the iPhone's camera capabilities is unparalleled, and he shares it with the world in his book. The easily understood guide acts as both a how-to and source of inspiration. "When it comes to personal photography, the only voice that really matters is your own voice," he tells me over email. This year, make a point to find that voice. 

Since the vast majority of us use the iPhone (1 billion have been sold), we might as well use it right. Ahead, six tips to keep in mind as you explore, capture, and inevitably share your world. Just don't forget: Clean your lens. Happy snapping!

Be Intentional
Shooting off the cuff is great. If you want to elevate your photography, though, think before you shoot, shoot more, and add variation. Hollingsworth suggests thinking of your iPhone as a bona fide camera. "Instead of waiting for moments and memories to come to you, go and get them instead," he says. "Create your own script and narrative." This can mean shooting from a worm's eye perspective or eagle's eye. Overthinking your intention can make for images that appear forced. Set your intention and go. Though the temptation to zoom may strike you, Hollingsworth advocates for getting closer to your subject instead of pinching and zooming. This greatly reduces camera shake and improves image quality, making your photographs that much more covetable.