As the saying goes “the best camera is the one that’s with you all the time”, but it also helps that what you’re carrying can hold its own in any environment and condition. The iPhone remains to be one of the best go-to camera-phones for mobile photographers. If you’re keen on using that high-end device in your pocket for better composed selfies and shots, here are a few tips that can help.

1. Use two hands.

Aside from his usual array of cameras and lenses, National Geographic photographer Cotton Coulson always carries with him his iPhone for those sudden moments that he needs to capture. He recommends shooting with both hands for stability instead of whipping it out and clicking away. Since an iPhone’s shutter doesn’t release until you let go of the button, Coulson does this slowly, which helps him and the camera balance out light and shadow in any environment.


2. Apply the Rule of Thirds grid.

There is a reason why there’s an option to show a grid on your screen when taking shots, and it’s not just so that you can center your subject. The Rule of Thirds grid, which cuts your screen into nine equal parts, can help you create more dramatic photos by guiding you with the right composition measurements.


3. Adjust your shot's exposure.

When you tap the screen of your phone to focus on your subject, don’t release your finger right away. Try sliding it up and down until you see the yellow sun which enables you to toggle exposure.



4. Use the Burst Shot setting for fast-moving subjects.

Burst shot is best for capturing moving subjects or for getting the perfect moment out of a series of instances. Simply focus on your subject, click away, and then pick the best shot from the set afterwards.


5.  Play with filters.

Even before you take your photo, you can adjust which built-in filter you’d like to use by tapping on the bottom right corner of your iPhone's screen.


6. Explore your phone’s photo editing tools.

The editing options in your iPhone can beat those in many downloadable apps. Play with exposure and color to get exactly what you want out for your shot.



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