Six tips for beautiful photo-exposure on your iPhone and iPad

The iPhone and the iPad both have surprisingly good cameras which people like to use to take pictures. But how do you actually get a pretty picture? This is a topic you could write a book about, but which we have not done here. Usually, you get a long way, as long as you take into account the exposure of your picture. Shooting on a sunny day, for example, is much easier than at night because there is more light for the camera sensor to capture. That does not mean that you can’t make good pictures at night!

Create beautiful photos with your iDevice

There are plenty of tricks to capture a nice snapshot under all circumstances. Below are six tips to help you on your way to beautiful lit photos.

Tip 1: Consider the light

iPhone low light
Low light photo. Photo via phonearena.com

As a clever photographer you always look where the light comes from, so you know what you should keep in mind while shooting. Photographing the sun, a bright light or the reflection of the light is in fact for almost every camera a difficult job. If the light is too bright, the sensor of your camera can not process the information properly. Result: dark photos and/or a thick lens flare. You can prevent this problem by not shooting against the sun, keep the bright light outside the frame of the photograph and don’t use the flash when photographing a dark mirror or window. You often get a good photo without other tricks.

Tip 2: Customize the exposure

The camera app from your iPhone has the function “Tap to focus”. Touch the point in the viewfinder to let the camera set focus. The camera app also automatically adjusts the exposure. Do you think the exposure is too light or too dark? Then move your finger up or down to make the exposure lighter or darker. That way you have more control over the outcome.

Tip 3: Use HDR in difficult light

iPhone HDR Photo
HDR photo taken with the iPhone. Photo via Gizmodo.

Imagine: you just want to shoot into the sun, for example, because you like the sunset so much. In that case, it is useful to shoot an HDR photo. This way you don’t capture one but many pictures in different exposure modes, which are compressed into a single photo. The darker areas are complemented on the one photo with lighter areas on the other picture, so the end result looks optimally. For this, you can use the default camera app on your iPhone, but apps like Procam 2 Pro HDR X and Timelapse with HDR offer their own methods.

Tip 4: Set the camera settings manually

A very effective, but not so easy way to avoid overexposure and underexposure, is to not to let the camera automatic exposure and to set all the settings yourself. For this, you need a specific app that gives you this possibility, such as Manual, Camera + and ProShot. Which offer the option to adjust the ISO sensitivity, shutter speed and diaphragm of the camera. This way you manually set the camera sensor of the iPhone, just as you do with a digital single-lens reflex camera. This gives you much more control and allows you to take beautiful pictures if you at least know what you’re doing.

Tip 5: Use an extra flash and / or a screen

Nova iPhone flash
Nova Bluetooth iPhone Flash

Is the flash on your iPhone not strong enough or the effect of the flash is not what you would hope for? Then you can think about a number of tools to improve. It might sound crazy, but many professional photographers sometimes use Styrofoam, aluminum foil and even white A4 paper to direct the light from the flash. This allows you to illuminate an object on several sides. Do you need a stronger flash? Then you might start thinking about gadgets like the Nova Off-Camera Wireless Flash (an additional flash pocket) or The Pocket Spotlight (a camera light that plugs into the audio jack of the iPhone).

Tip 6: Filter the exposure and colors

Instagram filter
Instagram offers beautiful filters,

Wat do you do with pictures that are already overexposed or underexposed? Filter. Filters allow adjusting the exposure and color of a photo afterward and make a lot of irregularities by the artistic effect less visible. Therefore everybody can turn a moderate picture quickly into something beautiful. Filters are therefore very popular. Instagram, Photo Filter Factory, and Snapseed are only a few known examples of apps that apply filters into pictures. The camera app on your iPhone has this option nowadays, but the offerings in the App Store is much larger and more interesting.