Tips from a Pro: Taking Better iPhone Photos | Huntsville Pet Photographer


**Disclaimer – I am an iPhone user, but my husband is team Android. Despite his attempts to convert me, its hard to teach an old dog new tricks (see what I did there?), so I’m sticking with my Apple products, and therefore can only write about what I know.


Your iPhone is with you at all times, right? It’s like your right hand — always there, always ready to help you muddle your way through the day and kill boredom when the need arises. But that phone of yours can be oh-so-frustrating when your adorable dog/cat chooses a particular moment to do something photo-worthy and your phone chooses that time to revolt.


Well, when you learn the inner and secret features of your I-phone camera, your days of being “slow on the draw” will be over. On top of that, your camera skills will improve 10-fold and your images will too, making your memories print and wall worthy.


So let’s look at some of the tricks and features inside your iPhone that will make you shine at the next family get together!



Open your camera app FAST

Don’t miss ANY moment. To get to your camera lickety-split do one of two things depending on if your iPhone is locked or not.


  1. Hit the home button
  2. Locate the camera icon on the lower right corner of the screen.
  3. Swipe up & the camera will open.Locked Iphone-Open Camera


  1. Swipe Up
  2. Tap the camera icon & the camera will open.Unlocked Iphone_Open Camera


Turn on your grid

Activating the grid will place a “tick-tac-toe” box on your screen as you shoot. What’s the benefit? Where the lines cross is called a “power point.” When you place your subject on of the four points you create images with a little negative space and better, more artistic composition. A little pro tip that will make your images that much prettier!


  1. Go to Settings > Photos&Camera > Grid > Turn it On

Grid Activation


Adjust Exposure and focus at your will

Professional photographers know light like the back of your hand, and every lighting situation poses different issues, especially of you camera. A camera cannot see light and adjust the way the human eye can. So, it’s important to be able to tell your camera how to behave when you need it to in order to get a good “exposure.” The classic scenario that may drive you crazy is shooting a darker subject on a bright background. Your camera will want to make the background look good and your subject will be dark and ugly! ARGH! The way to overcome this? Use the hidden feature in your iPhone that lets YOU control how bright an image is.


  1. Open the camera
  2. Compose your shot
  3. Tap and HOLD on the screen where you want to focus. The yellow box will blink and set focus.
  4. Swipe up or down to make the camera brighten or darken the exposure
  5. When you’re happy with how it looks, take the shot!

Exposure_Focus Lock_Adjust



Turn off your Auto Flash

Flash from your camera almost never looks good. It produces a harsh, flat light that doesn’t always need to be there, yet the camera seems to want to use it all the time. Turn it off when you can for more pleasing light in your images.


1.In the camera app, tap the lighting bolt icon in the upper left corner.

  1. Choose and tap “Off.”
  2. Shoot as you like!


Use Burst Mode For Fast Action

Did you know your iPhone can shoot 10 frames per second in burst mode? WHAT? My iPhone has burst mode? Yes it does! And it’s great for catching your pet on the run.


  1. Press and HOLD the shutter release button on your camera app.
  2. Voila! 10 frames per second.

Burst Mode

Edit like a pro

Taking the picture is just half the process in the Pro world. Editing and enhancing the image is 50% of the process. Yes, even when you shoot with your iPhone you can make your images stand out even more by using a good editing app.

Here’s a few fun suggestions to try out (these links are for iphone, but most apps are available for Android phones too):

Instagram (be sure to follow me @frolicimages)



Rhonna Designs



wood camera


I’d love to hear if these tips helped you, or if you have some tips to share. What are your favorite photo editing apps? Leave me a comment below!




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One Comment

  1. Andrew V Gonzales August 25, 2016 at 12:47 am #

    I stick with Instagram for editing, however, I’ve always wanted to try VSCO. PS this post made me laugh a lot and I LOVE the font you used in the very helpful guides!