While a professional camera is a great asset to have when taking photos, it seems that I never have it when I really need to take a picture. Instead, I have what every other person has: a smartphone. Just a few years ago, the idea of taking a nice photo on your phone’s camera would have been laughed at, but now many smartphones rival with point and shoot cameras. Since Kathy and I both have iPhones, and aren’t too familiar with Android devices, this guide will be centered on iPhone camera usage (sorry Android fans!). My goal is to show you new and creative ways to use your iPhone’s camera in ways you never thought possible.

Some of the aspects of iPhone photography that I’m hoping to explore with you in separate blog posts:

  • Time-Lapse: This is a form of video that is compiled of photos taken at timed intervals. These work best if you leave the phone in one place.
  • Slow-Motion: This is pretty self explanatory. Once activated, press the red button and the phone will begin recording at a normal speed. After the video is taken, you can adjust the length and location of the slow motion part by using your fingers. Once you adjust to your liking, press done in the upper right hand corner. It will save in the camera roll.
  • Photo: There are lots of components to taking a nice photos. For starters, you need to focus on something in the photo. In order to do this, tap what you want to focus on. From there, you can raise your finger up and down on the screen to adjust the exposure (how much light you let in). Don’t be afraid to try different exposures and and angles to get some new things. It’s also a good idea to take the photos horizontally, rather than vertically.
  • Pano: This is when you can take a photo that is elongated. You have to hold your phone vertically and point at what you want to photograph. When ready to take the photo, tap the white button at the bottom and move the phone slowly continuously to the right. Make sure to follow the directions on the iPhone while taking the photo.

There are two other camera modes in your iPhone: video and square. However, we won’t be posting separate blogs about them. Here are just a few things to remember about them:

  • Video: When taking a video, I recommend taking the video horizontally, rather than vertically. We see things horizontally, not vertically. Our eyes are next to each other, not on top of each other! Plus, when uploading the video to any video hosting website, a vertical video has annoying bars on the sides, whereas a horizontal video takes the entire screen.
  • Square: This is just like the photo setting, but the photo is square instead of rectangular. This can be used when uploading photos to Instagram, but I would recommend taking the photos in photo mode, then editing them later.


This is only the beginning to iPhone photography. There are countless apps to adjust the photo, but I’ll get into that after I show you the the first step to iPhone photography: taking the picture! So keep your eye out for some new blogs about iPhone Photography, coming soon! In the mean time, check out some of our favorite photos we took with our iPhones!

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