I recently picked up an iPhone 6S Plus and I've been extremely impressed by its camera. Here are 5 of my best tips to take better photos using your smartphone (iPhone or Android).
1. Lighting is everything
Photography in general is all about lighting. The better your light is (quality and amount) the better your photo will turn out. This is especially true with smartphones because of their smaller sensors. The more aware you are of the amount and quality of light around you, the better your photos will turn out.
2. Make sure to focus
Having your subject in focus can be the difference between a good photo and a bad photo with your smartphone. Remember to always use the autofocus feature when taking an image.
In most phones, autofocusing involves tapping on the area of the screen where the object you want in-focus is located.
3. Control your exposure
Smartphone these days will allow you to choose which area of the photo you want to be properly exposed by clicking on it. It's easy to get the correct exposure in the day time, but when it gets a little bit darker, smartphones usually overcompensate for the increased darkness by increasing the exposure too much. Blacks become more of a gray color, and as a result, images look grainier. You can fix this buy adjusting the exposure. (Lowering the exposure at night will give you truer blacks where they need to be, and a better looking image overall)
Smartphone will typically expose for the area that you click when you use the autofocus feature. To adjust the exposure (on the iPhone), you can flick on an area, then swipe upwards or downwards to make the image brighter or darker.
4 Lock the exposure and focus
After you have your desired exposure and focus, it's a good idea to lock them in so that you can make small adjustments to your composition without having the camera settings change on you.
To lock focus and exposure (on the iPhone) hold down the focus box for a few seconds.
5 Edit your photos
I'm a big fan of editing your photos. A lot of people think this is "cheating", but I think of it as a tool to get the best photo possible. The app that I like to use to process my photos is called VSCO Cam. VSCO not only makes iPhone filters, but Lightroom and Photoshop presets as well. I use a few of their premium filters and they're great. They also have very good advanced photo adjustment settings you can use.
You can download the VSCO app on both the Apple App Store and the Android Play Store.
I hope these 5 tips are able to help you in taking better photos with your smartphone! Because I'm having so much fun with this phone, I'm probably going to be doing a lot more videos on the capabilities of the camera on the iPhone. Stay tuned!