iPhone Photography Tips to Improve Your Indoor Photos
Apr 26, 2020 | By: Elan Studio
What's the key to lovely iPhone photography? Professional photographers work for years to master our professional photography techniques. Truthfully, we never stop learning! But all you really need right now are some easy iPhone photography tips. I'd like to share with you how to take great indoor images on your iPhone, using simple techniques. Read on to start taking better iPhone photos right now, and record scenes from your life in the coronavirus era.
1. Edit Your Photos with Apps
How do you turn a solid picture into an amazing one? It's easy, with some basic iPhone editing. You don't need professional editing skills or Photoshop apps to add beauty and distinction to your iPhone photos. The easiest way to add impactful yet subtle effects to your images is to use filters. There are tons of filter apps available to help you apply fabulous, understated filters to your photos in seconds. You don't need any technical knowledge to create amazing edits or custom-blend your own filters. And most of them are free to download!
2. Keep Your Images Simple
Hobbyist photographers can sometimes overcomplicate their pictures. But too much to look at is distracting. A busy photo can make it difficult to pull off fantastic composition. One ideal subject is all you need to take incredible images. It's easier to focus on composition when your picture has fewer subjects. Don't worry if there's a lot of empty space in your photo. Negative space is a magnificent way to make the viewer's eye focus on the subject. Before you tap the screen, check your scene for distracting elements. Move, change your point of view, or simply remove unwanted objects from your frame. More minimal compositions are ideal for sharing on Instagram! Simple photos stand out in a scrolling feed.
3. Use Symmetry
Symmetry almost instantly creates a standout picture. Challenge yourself to find symmetry in your home. Then compose your picture so that the two halves of your image are the same (or almost the same). Reflections are an easy way to create symmetry. Architectural elements are often designed with symmetry in mind, too.
4. Get Low
Most people take phone photos from their line of sight, bringing their phone up to their face to take the picture in the most convenient way. But there are so many more creative options for taking photos! Consider a different perspective. Try shooting from a lower angle and show your world from a new point of view. Are you shooting in your yard? Try shooting from the ground to include your beautiful lawn or flowers in the foreground, or capture ripples and reflections in your pool!
5. Capture Reflections
Reflections make for incredible iPhone pictures. You can find reflections on many different surfaces in and around your home, including glass, metal, and water. Once you start looking for them, you'll notice reflections everywhere!
6. Show Depth
Creating depth draws your viewer's eye into the scene. This is especially important when you're photographing indoors. There are many techniques to creating depth in your images. One of the easiest ways is to use leading lines. Flooring, shelves, windows, and even fences make fantastic leading lines. Try to include items of interest in the foreground, middle, and background of your image to make it "3D". You can also use door frames, window frames, and overhanging tree branches to create a sense of depth. Never underestimate the power of composition!
7. Fill the Frame
Get up close to your subject, especially if what you're photographing includes a lot of detail. Patterns, textures, and colors will bring your photos to life! Filling the frame is an incredible technique to use in portrait photography (people and pets!). Getting close lets you capture your subject's facial features and expressions in a whole new way. Don't be afraid to get in close.
8. Don't Be Afraid of Shadows
Shadows provide an opportunity for interesting elements when you're photographing with your iPhone. They can even add a bit of mystery! Shadows create great visual interest, and they can even act as leading lines. Indoors or out, shoot during the golden hour when the sun is low in the sky. You can even darken your exposure when shooting so your shadows are nice and dark. Blinds and other window treatments can also create interesting patterns, so keep your eyes open!
9. Take Silhouette Photos
A silhouette is the dark shape of an object against a brighter light. Silhouettes can create some of the most stunning images! All you need is your subject and light to shoot against. Darken your exposure for the best results! Silhouette photography typically works best during sunrise and sunset hours when it's easy to position your subject (and you might be rewarded with gorgeous skies, too). If open sky isn't an option for you, you can use a lamp or a window to create a silhouette, and an eye-catching photo!