Level up iPhone photography

Level up your iPhone photography by using these simple but awesome tips!

These are photos taken since April of this year. I have loved taking average photography photos then using these tips to level up my iPhone photography. In this post I go over how to take long exposure photos on an iPhone, make GIF’s, take quality portraits in portrait mode, and making your background look closer by using lens compression.

Generic iPhone photo of a waterfall

Generic iPhone photo of a waterfall

Leveled up iPhone photo by using Live Photos

Leveled up iPhone photo by using Live Photos

When shooting a photo, you can hit the Live Photo setting on the corner of the screen. This will allow for the phone to take a short video of about 3 seconds. The Live Photo can be swiped up to show additional settings. You can choose a loop, bounce, or long exposure. This photo above is the same file, the still image then the long exposure.

Here is a tutorial I filmed showing exactly how to do this: https://youtu.be/WJXG0U8pPC4

Leveling up using GIF's

Leveling up using GIF’s

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Leveling up using GIF’s

This one took some learning to get the GIF. By using the same method above but putting it on a loop or bounce, you can create a GIF. In the iPhone it will save like that, but exporting to post is where things got a little tricky. I originally tried to uploaded to GIFY and tried to make it that way but it just took the quality down. I then took the video file from my phone and downloaded it onto photoshop. When I did this, a video timeline popped up and I was able to click loop then went to file, scrolled down to save as, then saved as a GIF. Boom, leveled up.

Generic iPhone portrait in photo mode

Generic iPhone portrait in photo mode

Leveled up iPhone portrait using portrait mode

Leveled up iPhone photography portrait using portrait mode

Wanting to take better iPhone portraits? This is the perfect tip to level up iPhone photography. Just simply use portrait mode. Apple has done an amazing job at helping their cameras to be usable in any situation. In this case, portrait photography. They are constantly working on getting these phone cameras to higher capabilities and its amazing!

Generic mountain photo with people in the foreground

Generic mountain photo with people in the foreground

Leveled up iPhone photography mountain photo with people in the foreground using lens compression

Leveled up iPhone photography mountain photo with people in the foreground using lens compression

This one still blows my mind. Try it. I dare you. We took this picture at Mt. Haynes and the photo looked cool but the mountain is so much bigger in person. Not a problem. For this tip to level up your iPhone photography, you’re going to do a little bit of walking and a little bit of zooming. That’s it. Move back when you go to take the picture, then zoom in! It’s that simple! Here’s another video I filmed to show how this is done: https://youtu.be/HgCl3fpeMd0

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