Phone cameras are now the selling point of a phone. Even for a tech giant’s flagship. Hence now cameras are fitted with so many functions that you can never finish utilising them in your phone’s life time. Smart HDR, Advanced Bokeh & depth Control, Extended dynamic range in video? These are just too many to get used to!
To help us understand our iPhone XS and XR better, Apple has brought in the professionals to show us just how we could put these special effects to good use. The professionals met up in the historic city of George Town, Penang and snapped away while leaving useful tips that would help you achieve that wow factor that you need in your photos!
Apple has provided us with so many tips that we’ve decided to split the tips into two posts!
Jason Goh – @smashpop
Jason Goh is part of the popular trio TricycleTV along with his very own YouTube channel Smashpop. He’s a self-learned photographer
- Alignment is key. Be sure to always switch on ‘Grid’ from camera settings to enable the ‘tic tac toe’ lines on the camera interface to guide you on horizontal and vertical perspectives. When you are able to align subjects based on the lines, your photos will instantaneously become more appealing and shows that you have put in an effort to frame the shot. This relates to the Rule Of Thirds as well. Try placing subjects on the 4 cross junctions in the Grid then you will be good to go.
- Go really low or really high. Try to capture a scene from an angle that not many people can see. Eye level photos are the most common, hence will render your photos ‘ordinary’. If you are able to capture your shots from an angle that people rarely see, it will give your work a ‘wow’ factor.
- Try to create a story out of your photos. Get someone to do something in your shot so it doesn’t look like another ‘scenery’ shot. With the human element, it gives the photo life. Try Portrait mode to capture expressions. Photos usually look better with an intentional placement of people. But if space is crowded, it might have the opposite outcome.
Anwar Yusli – @nuar-yusli
Anwar Yusli, or better known as Nuar, is proof that you don’t have to be an art student to snap perfectly lined photos. Nuar only just graduated as a Bachelor of Business Administrative student and is now taking his time to pursue his passion for photography via the lenses of his phone.
- Rule of Third: try to use the rule of third technique to create interest. You can use the grid on the camera to help make sure you get the proportions for your subject and the background right.
- Include a Focal Point: a photo should include a main subject or point of interest. This focal point gives your photo meaning and offers the viewer a place for their eye to focus when they are looking at the photo.
- Use Leading Lines: including lines in your composition is a great way of naturally leading the eye into the image. Ideally the lines should lead towards the main subject, and they usually work better if they run diagonally rather than horizontally or vertically.
Amsyar Naaif Shahmaruddin – @amsyarnaaif
Amsyar is still currently pursuing a degree in Information Security. He takes time off his studies by showing us the world via his iPhone XR. He believes that it’s not the equipment that makes the photo but the person behind the camera’s perspective of the world.
- Have an idea: explore, experience and expand the idea. Make sure before you snap, plan what, when, where, who you will shoot. This will help with creating storytelling in your photos.
- Composition: you should think of composition when taking a photo. Look at the framing of the photos, try using the rule of third by using the grid on a mobile phone and take note of the placement of the subject in the picture itself.
- Editing: learn how to edit photos by using mobile editing apps such as Lightroom, Snapseed, Vscocam, SKRWT and Retouch to name a few. You can learn how to use all of these apps by joining mobile photography classes, youtube video or simply teaching yourself.
Trisha Toh – @trishates
Trisha is a photographer by occupation but she finds street photography is still a huge challenge for her. With the iPhone XS, Trisha had to change her skills in chasing the ever changing light conditions and to add an element of movement in her photos.
- Frame within a frame. Instead of keeping to the rectangular or square frame, using unexpected frames such as doors, windows, plants or paper-cut decorations can add visual interest to an otherwise straightforward photo.
- Keep it simple. Picture a scene where your subject can stand alone without too many distracting elements.
- Take lots of photos. During my walk, I photographed almost anything and everything. Not only is it a great practice, but knowing what I like in a photo makes future outdoor shoots easier as I know what I should look out for.
Stay tuned for more tips and tricks to make the best out of your iPhone XS, XS Max and XR!