The iPhone 6S and 6S Plus are two of the best devices available for taking those professional-looking photos. With snazzy optics, a sapphire coated lens and revolutionary focus pixels that create speedy, detailed shooting experiences, we love snapping away on these devices.
But, if you’re like us and wanted to get even MORE out of your iPhone 6S camera, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s our quickie guide for taking even better pictures with your device.
#1: Always use the camera grid
When shooting casual photos with your iPhone, it’s easy to produce jilted photos, with the horizon accidentally tilted at an angle. Switching your grid lines to the ‘On’ setting is the easiest way to avoid this and make your shots appear to be photographic gold. The grid lines superimpose a series of lines on the screen of within your Camera app, making it much easier to compose your snap. Go to your Settings, and scroll down to Photos & Camera. Switch the grid ‘On,’ and use it to line-up the horizon properly, giving you straighter-looking shots.
#2: Enable auto HDR
One of the easiest ways to improve image quality in your iPhone photos is to experiment with HDR, a mode that you switch on and off at the top of the Camera app. You can’t miss it.
HDR stands for high dynamic range, and is a setting that artificially enhances dynamic range by merging together three different light exposures: a bright one, a normal one and a dark one. HDR prohibits the light from becoming overexposed or crushed into blackness, finding that perfect medium for beautiful shots.
#3: Avoid over-zooming and flashing
If you’re looking to photography-worthy shots on your smartphone, it’s best to avoid two things: the zoom and the flash. The iPhone 6S uses digital zoom, which crops the image (usually unevenly), throwing off what’s called the ‘noise algorithm’ of the resulting photo. This results in soft-looking images, instead of sharp ones. Instead of using the zoom function, crop your photo and zoom in afterwards when you have a full size image to play around with.
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Next, the ruiner of night time shots – the flash! Pictures taken with the flash turned on are easy to spot, as they lack detail and are often over-exposed.
Even though the iPhone 6S boasts a TrueTone duel LED flash, it is best left off. Instead, try to use any natural light around you or play around with the settings in an editing app.
#4: Be careful with ‘Live’ photos
A new feature for the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, ‘Live’ photos add a few seconds of video to the start and end of the pictures.
By default, Live photos are on all the time. We recommend switching this off by pressing the circular icon at the top, and then manually tap it on and off when you’re looking to use the function. Moving vehicles or sports look great, but snap of your moving dinner… less so.
Also, Live photos take up double the space in case you have a 16GB iPhone!
#5: Utilize ‘Exposure’ for photos at night
We already mentioned that we advise against using the flash on the iPhone 6S, but that doesn’t mean you have to ditch the device completely after hours.
One handy tip is adjusting the ‘Exposure’ slider Apple introduced in iOS 8. It will appear when focusing the image, allowing you to slide it back and forth. Increasing the exposure will brighten the photo, as the shutter will stay open longer and let more light hit the sensor.
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There you have it! Now go forth and take beautiful iPhone photos!
(Photo credit: macworld.co.uk)