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Top iPhone Photography Tips

Top iPhone Photography Tips – Use these Photography Tips for iPhone to get the best quality photos without purchasing an expensive camera.

Do you think you need an expensive camera to capture quality photos? I did for the longest time; then, I began to study more about my iPhone’s capabilities.

Today I’m sharing some tips I wish I’d known when I first started sharing my photo’s on social media.

When I first started photographing my home, I didn’t know these features and seriously considered buying a real camera several times.

Since implementing these tips and tricks, my most asked question is, “WHAT TYPE OF CAMERA DO YOU USE FOR YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA AND BLOG POSTS.” Honestly, I only use my iPhone for all my photos.

Please know that I DO NOT CLAIM to be an expert.  These tips are gathered from different online sources, blogs, and the iPhone manual. 

Most of these tips will apply to any smartphone; however, my experience is with the iPhone.  The best source to learn your phone camera capabilities is Google tutorials and your phone’s manual.

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Tip # 1 – Take Lots of Photo’s

Always take several photos of your subject!  Professional photographers take hundreds of shots to capture the perfect one.  This may sound so simple, but many posts are one shot and done. Also, don’t take photos or videos from within the social media app.  You will not have the editing control you do with the iPhone camera. 

Photography Tips for iPhone

Best iPhone Photography Tip – Stabilize the camera

How do you stabilize your iPhone camera? This may be the best iPhone Photography Tip and is easy to accomplish.

You can do this best with a tripod and a remote shutter. Even a slight movement can reduce the quality of your photo.

This was the first tripod I purchased, and I’m still using now. It’s inexpensive, light-weight, and includes the remote shutter.

I later purchased a Ring Light which also is a tri-pod and has a shutter remote. Although, I love using it for video’s, it is bulky and not as user friendly as my original tri-pod.

Easiest Tip for iPhone Photography

This is the most overlooked tip, and it’s so simple. Clean your lens before shooting. You are using your phone continuously, and the lens will get dirty. Cleansing the lens before taking a photo will significantly enhance the quality and clarity. Using a proper lens cleaner is also important to not scratch your lens.

Proper Lighting

Invest in a photography output lighting kit if you don’t have proper lighting. When the sun is shining, my home photographs beautifully; however, additional lighting can be helpful on gloomy days.

Learn All The Camera Features For iPhone

The cameras on the iPhone keep getting better and better. However, you need to familiarize yourself with the features to maximize the quality of your image.

Top iPhone Photography Tips from the Manual – Identify Subject

First, let your iPhone camera know the photo’s subject. Focus and Exposure are automatically built into your phone’s camera.  However, as smart as your camera is, it doesn’t know what your subject is.  You must touch your finger on the subject on the screen to show where you want the camera to focus.  Then, if needed, you can adjust the exposure by moving your finger up or down.

Here is the same basic photo with two different subjects.

In the first photo, the bird is the subject; in the second photo, the cow is the subject.

Just a simple touch of the finger changed the focus of this photo.

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AE/AF Lock on iPhone Camera

When you touch the area you want the camera to focus on, a square box appears with a sliding sun beside it. You can slide the sun up or down to adjust the exposure.

Photography tips for iPhone

If you only touch the area of focus quickly, the AE/AF is set for the one photo. However, when you plan to take several shots, lock the AE/AF by holding your finger there until the lock appears at the top. This is my recommended method for most photos.

Let iPhone know the subject of your photo

iPhone Photography Window Tips

This is essential information when taking interior shots.  If the light is coming into the room through a window, the exposure will automatically be set based on the light in the window.  This leaves the rest of the room in the dark.  Therefore, you will want to touch your finger in a dark area, setting the subject inside the room.

I rarely adjust the exposure because I use Light Room to edit the photo afterward. If you do increase the exposure, be careful not to overexpose the shot.  Increasing the exposure when you edit the image is a much safer option.  

Here are some un-edited views as examples.

The first photo was taken without any attempt to focus; therefore, the camera automatically focused on the brightest spot, the window. Then the second photo was focused by locking the AE/AF on the darker area of the room, the lamp. However, the exposure needed to be adjusted in both of these examples.

The photo can now be enhanced even more through Light Room editing.

This photography tip for iPhone was further enhanced by using the Light Room app to edit.

Top Photography Tips for iPhone when photographing a window.

NOTE: Light Room is the editing app I’m most familiar with, but many popular editing apps exist.

In addition, the new models of iPhone take excellent night mode photos. A tripod is essential for night mode photography because the phone needs to be stable for longer. If you want more information, please look at this article.

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Don’t Zoom – Don’t Flash Photography Tips for iPhone

Ok, that’s two photography tips for iPhone!  However, both are essential photography tips for iPhone.

Don’t Zoom

When you Zoom, it reduces the photo resolution. So, could you get as close as possible, photograph the subject and then CROP during the editing process? Cropping will reduce the resolution, but less drastically than the zoom. 

You can purchase zoom lens attachments for your iPhone camera. However, most of my photography is home décor, which doesn’t require distance shots.   Once again, the newer iPhone 11 pro, 12, 13, and 14 cameras are much more sophisticated and have more zoom capabilities without losing resolution.

No flash – Evening candlelight photo

Don’t Flash

Using natural light is best for all photography.  The flash will almost always overexpose the subject.  Therefore, don’t do it.    


Photograph Objects at the Correct Height

Another common mistake most people make when photographing a room is holding the camera too high. This is an excellent tip for any camera and is not exclusive to the iPhone.

This is another good reason for a tripod because you can adjust the camera up or down. No more getting down on your knees or lying on the floor. 

When photographing furniture, it’s best to have the camera level with the subject!

When photographing the entire room as the subject, a good rule of thumb is to position the camera 25 – 35 Inches from the floor. Where the seating is low such as sofas and living areas, 25″ is good. However, dining tables or kitchen counter views may look better at 35″.

This is another time when the multiple shots, at different levels, photography tips for iPhone will come in handy.

Here are a few examples of correct and incorrect camera heights.


Notice how the shape and dimensions of the cabinet are distorted in the first photo! However, you can get a clear idea of the shape and size of the cabinet in the second, more appropriate view.

Even the chair is more appealing in the 2nd photo, which was taken at the correct height!

Please message me here or on Instagram if you have questions.

I hope these Photography Tips for iPhone will be helpful in your photography.

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Friday 20th of January 2023

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Saturday 21st of January 2023

thanks for sharing.


Monday 16th of January 2023

I can't wait to start practicing these tips, Rachel! I use my big camera for everything because the quality of my iPhone photos is awful. Thankfully, I have your fabulous tips to help get me on the right path. Hugs, CoCo PS: Sharing on Friday!


Monday 16th of January 2023

CoCo, I hope this was helpful. Thanks for sharing.

Wendy McMonigle

Monday 9th of January 2023

Fabulous post Rachel, thx for sharing!


Tuesday 10th of January 2023

Wendy, I really appreciate this.


Monday 9th of January 2023

This is a great post. I would love to share it on my weekly newsletter. Hugs to you.


Monday 9th of January 2023

Renae, I really appreciate this.

Lauren S

Monday 9th of January 2023

Thank you for the useful tips.


Monday 9th of January 2023

Lauren, I really appreciate this.