The 5G speeds, great performance and great camera make theone of the highest-rated phones of all time on CNET. It’s on the more “affordable” side of the four iPhone 12 models Apple launched last year, and lacks some of the more expensive camera pizza. and models, such as the . But it is still capable of taking absolutely fantastic photos.
If you just got your hands on the iPhone 12 — maybe a? — here are my tips for taking great photos. You don’t have to follow them all, but keeping these ideas in mind can help you think more about your photography and turn otherwise forgettable photos into memorable works of art.
Nail your composition
The iPhone 12 can take vibrant, well-exposed photos with little input from you. But so are most good phones and indeed most standalone cameras. So the biggest factor that will set your images apart from anyone else’s is the composition of the scene you’re shooting. So take a moment to think about the arrangement of all the different elements in front of you and what they will look like in your finished image.
Let’s say you hiked up the hills and found a nice view. You could just point your phone at it and snap a photo, and your family and friends would no doubt compliment you on what a beautiful view it was. But spend some time watching the scene and think about how it can turn into a real “wow” image.
Adding foreground interest (such as an interesting rock formation, patch of flowers, or gnarled old tree stump) can help tie the scene together, and using leading lines (such as a path or wall) can help draw attention to the foreground. of the viewer further inwards. your scene. The photographic rule of thirds is worth keeping in mind to get you started, and to help you do this, you can enable a grid overlay in your camera settings to accurately align the elements. Keep in mind that, despite its name, the rule of thirds is really just a guideline, not a rule. Some of the more creatively striking compositions will break it on purpose.
Know when to go wide
The iPhone 12 has a standard view and a super-wide view built into the camera, so it’s important to remember to use both angles and know when to use them best. Switching to the super-wide view can transform your image, but it’s only worth using if you have a strong composition that requires a true wide-angle lens.
If the subject in your image — say a church on a hill — is far away, a wide-angle lens will make the church appear even further from you, and it will be lost in the frame. Instead, move closer to the church and turn on the wide angle and you’ll notice that the church is still the dominant subject in your image. But you can now capture more of the environment. Again, a strong interest in the foreground helps with wide-angle photos, so look around; maybe there is a nice patch of wildflowers you can put in your foreground and the church can take up more of the center.
Control your exposure
While the iPhone 12 is usually perfect at selecting the right exposure for a scene, sometimes it needs a little help. Complex scenes with clear skies and dark shadows can sometimes confuse the camera. For example, if you’re taking a portrait of a person against a bright sunset, it might pick a good exposure for the sky but leave your subject in the shade. There are a few things you can do in this case.
First, you can try tapping on your subject and telling the camera that this is the part that needs to be properly exposed. You can also drag the little slider that appears on the side of the box that appears when tapped. Allows you to lighten or darken the scene as needed. If the scene looks very bright, you’ll want to bring it down with a tap.
Shoot in raw
If you want more control over your exposure, shoot in raw format and take manual control of your settings. You’ll need a third-party app like Moment or Firstlight for this, as the default iOS camera app doesn’t offer these features.
Manual control over settings such as shutter speed, ISO, and white balance is useful in those cases where the camera can get confused by a scene and you can’t get the shot you want. A deep sunset, for example, can appear too dark to the camera, so it will overcompensate and bring out the shadows too much, spoiling the atmospheric look you had in mind. By choosing the settings yourself, you get exactly the recording you want.
Raw images also don’t permanently store image data for white balance and sharpening, giving you more control when it comes to editing images later. When I take a photo that I know I want to edit for an “artier” look, I almost always shoot in RAW.
Edit your images
Good editing can often be the most important factor in turning a ho-hum snap into a dramatic piece of art. And the great thing about editing is that it doesn’t have to be complicated or boring. Even using the basic edit button in Apple’s Gallery app, you can apply cool filters, control highlights, or cancel shadows, all of which take seconds and can give your photos a boost.
But if you want to go further, there’s a wealth of editing apps in the App Store that can transform your shots. My personal favorite is Adobe Lightroom, which offers the same set of granular controls over exposure and color that I use in my professional photography. Snapseed is great too, with tons of tools available, and it’s free. Both Lightroom and Snapseed are great for refining your images to get beautiful, sophisticated looks without turning the images into something completely different.
Then there areand , which lets you apply wild effects to your images and turn them into bizarre modern art. You can check my list with my . see .
Whether you prefer a more natural look or something more quirky and edgy, that’s entirely up to your own preferences – not to mention your own imagination. Remember there is no right or wrong way to edit images and you can always go back to the original and start over if you don’t like what you’ve done so it’s risk-free to experiment. In the end, my advice is: make a good cup of tea, settle down in a comfy chair and play with the tools in the app of your choice to discover what to turn your images into.