Iphone tips

Get perfect focus with manual override

Even if you make sure that your lens is clean in advance and there’s no camera shake, the photo might still look a bit off. One possible reason for that could be that your phone didn’t focus on the right place. To prevent this from happening, did you know you can actually select your focus point manually? Just tap on the screen where you want it to appear. You’ll be able to see the outlines of a yellow square when you tap, to show you that you’ve set the focus on the right place. Pro Tip: the above video is by the guys behind the excellent iPhone Photo Academy – I highly recommend you check out their video courses here.

Turn on the grid for better composition

Mastering iphone photography is a lot like mastering any other kind of photography. It’s all about the person behind the lens and about great compositions that catch the eye. The rule of thirds is a powerful method which applies to composing not only photographs but also paintings, posters and all kinds of images. According to this rule each picture should be divided into nine equal parts by two vertical and two horizontal lines. The significant elements in the photo should be placed at the intersections of those lines or along them. It’s much easier to imagine the lines and the sections if you have a grid to help you see them. In order to turn the grid on, you need to go to your phone’s Settings, then scroll down to find the camera icon and make sure the Grid option is activated.

Shoot Macro Photos

If you have the iPhone 13 Pro or iPhone 13 Pro Max, you can use the ultra-wide camera to take macro photos as well. Simply get up close to a subject and the camera will automatically switch to macro mode.

Keep a clean lens for clearer photos

Most smartphones spend a very significant time of their lives in the hands of their owners and that means they’re covered in fingerprints. Very often those fingerprints are found on the place where you want them the least: your lens! A useful habit to develop is to get used to quickly cleaning your lens before taking a photo – that can ensure there will be no smudges, dust spots or blurry areas on your image. It may sound like a really simple tip, but this one thing alone can have the biggest impact on getting a clear photos… and most people never bother wiping their phone’s lens (they usually wipe the screen!) This tip is especially important if you’re using any of those clip on lenses for your iPhone, such as these macro ones.

Get a candid shot with your earphones

Following on from the previous tip, have you ever considered using your smartphone’s ear phones to shoot without being noticed? This doesn’t have to be as creepy as it sounds! You may want to take a candid shot of your kids, without them staring and doing one of those fake smiles into the camera, for example…! Next time, try holding your camera towards your subject, and holding the earphones in your other hand, use the volume up button on the earphones to take some candid photos. Also, if you have the earphones actually in your ears, no one will suspect you’re taking a picture ;-)

Use the volume button to take sharper photos

Camera shake is the main enemy of getting a sharp. If it happens, it’s bound to cause blurriness, and that’s an effect you won’t be happy to see in your photo… unless it’s intentional, of course! When taking a selfie, it’s really hard to tap the camera shutter button, especially with your hand outstretched. The easy way is to simply squeeze the volume up button on the side of your iPhone to snap the picture. Obviously, this is most convenient when the phone is help in landscape orientation (i.e. sideways) – we have a guide on landscape vs portrait orientation if you’d like to learn more on which to use. Pro Tip: You can even use the volume button on your earphones – it’s worth carrying the white ones that come free with your phone for this very reason.

Blur the background on the cheap

If you don’t have one of the newer models of iPhone, like the XS, XR, X, 8 or 7 Plus, did you know you can still blur the background in your photo? This tip applies to any kind of photography, but it’s not so apparent when using a smartphone to take a shot. Simply get closer to your subject, and try tapping your finger on the screen to set the focus point. You’ll see that the closer you are, the blurrier the background will become. Another option is to use a clip-on 3rd party tele-photo lens, since ‘zooming in’ on a subject can help produce a blurred background too – check out the best iphone camera accessories for some options. Pro Tip: blurring the foreground is another way to create interest in a photo. Simply move close to your subject, then override the phone’s automatic focus (see tip below), and tap on the background element. This will throw the foreground out of focus.

Get fast access to your iPhone camera

One of the greatest advantages of using the camera on your smartphone is that it’s always so easy to access… but did you know there’s a shortcut you can use to activate it? Sometimes when it’s really crucial to capture a moment there’s no time to waste in unlocking the phone, finding the iPhone camera app and waiting for it to load. You can do this much faster by simply swiping up on your lock screen and tapping the camera icon.

Track Your iPhone Even When Switched Off

Thanks to an improvement from Apple in iOS 15, you’ll be able to track your iPhone 13 or iPhone 13 Pro even when it is powered off. This will ensure that you can track your iPhone even when it is stolen or it has run out of battery.

Change Default Browser

You no longer need to have Safari as the default browser on your iPhone 13 or iPhone 13 Pro. Instead, you can set up any other supported third-party web browser like Chrome or Firefox as the default one on your new iPhone. To do that, dive into the Settings app on your iPhone 13 or iPhone 13 Pro and select the app that you want to make the default. Then, tap Default Browser App and specify the app as the default.