In a moment of desperation, after realizing I had no photos for this post and it was already after 9PM, and, more importantly, I had already crashed on the sofa and Tisen had burrowed in next to me, I decided it was a good time to experiment with my iPhone.
Recently, my bestie suggested writing a “how-to” on taking better photos with a smart phone for people like her.
I like the idea of teaching photography, although I’m not a pro and I have much to learn. The thought of teaching photography in simple non-technical terms for people who don’t want to be pros relieves some of the pressure.
The problem is, I rarely use my iPhone for photos. And when I do, my photos usually suck. So, I figured I could use a few lessons myself.
I did some googling on taking better photos with an iPhone over the weekend. I didn’t find much that was particularly helpful. Most the articles I found either provided tips that apply to any photography or mentioned changing settings I couldn’t figure out how to change. I tried searching for camera apps to see what I was missing. I did find an interesting app that provides some control of the exposure and has a setting that turns the LED on so you can see what’s in your frame before you shoot in the dark. I couldn’t however, find the advertised pre-sets for different types of subjects.
It’s funny how I used to figure out how to do really confusing and technical things and now I suddenly can’t figure out how to work iPhone apps. Am I getting old?
In any case, I attempted to do some couch potato shooting. I was parked laptop in lap and dog at my side–it’s hard to get motivated to get up sometimes.
I think I figured out why I usually end up hating my iPhone shots:
- I frequently use the iPhone to take shots I would never attempt with my DSLR. For example, holding my iPhone out at arm’s length and trying to get a portrait of Tisen while shooting in a dark room (which means I have to have the screen facing away from me for the “flash” to work and I am shooting completely blind).
- I have a very difficult time holding the iPhone straight in all 3 directions (or even 1 direction) because I have to hold it away from me to view the screen since there is no viewfinder. I frequently try many times to get the angle I want and still don’t quite get it.
- I haven’t found anything that let’s me control depth of field. I really miss controlling depth of field.
That said, the photographer’s adage is “the best camera is the one you have with you” and there is a lot to be said for smart phone cameras when it comes to having them with you–even when you’re just laying around on the sofa.