4 Steps to Taking better photos on your iPhone

The best camera is always the one you have with you! I don’t always have (or want to carry!) my big heavy DSLR, so knowing how to make the best out of the camera on your iPhone is important. Here are my top tips to get better photos of your baby using just your iPhone

1. Use Portrait mode

Make sure you have the very latest version of iOS installed on your iPhone as there are some important camera additions that have been brought out by Apple recently. Once you’ve sorted that out, you’ll want to make sure you’re using “Portrait” mode. This will change the settings on your camera to give you great images straight away.

Use the PORTRAIT setting on your iPhone to give you better results straight away

2. Turn off the flash

The on-camera flash doesn’t give the most pleasing results when you’re taking portraits. It’s better to just use the natural light. On camera flash gives you yucky flat light and no shadowing on the side of the face – definitely not what you’re wanting! Turn the flash off and you’ll be amazed at the improvement in your photos right away.

3. Lock focus

If you have a moving object (like a child on the move – goodness knows they’re quick!), you might find that locking the focus on their face really helpful. Just touch and hold on the screen to wherever you want the camera to lock the focus on (usually their eyes/face) and the camera will do the rest of the hard work for you.

4. Use the Rule of Thirds grid

The Rule of Thirds is a fundamental rule of thumb to taking better composed images. Basically it says that you should divide an images into thirds both horizontally and vertically. More important or interesting parts of the image should be place on these lines or where the lines intersect to make the photo more visually pleasing. The great news is that you can add some Rule of Thirds guides to your images to help guide you when you’re composing your photo. Just turn on the grid in Settings > Photos & Camera

4 steps to better iphone photography
The Rule of Thirds grid will help guide you to take more visually pleasing compositions with your photos. Image Credit

5. Keep your photos safe!

Now that you have some beautiful images, be sure to keep them safe! The benefit of having a small camera in your pocket (iPhone) is that it is also one of the easiest things to lose. You don’t want to risk losing all of your beautiful photos as well. Be sure to keep your photos safe with proper and regular backups.

For more information about Backing up your photos be sure to check out my article:


I hope these tips have helped you take better photos with your iPhone camera!

Best wishes to everyone during these times of isolation. I hope that this will inspire you to get creative with your camera! Amy xx

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    Hi! I'm Amy Tong. I'm a newborn baby photographer in the Sydney Inner West surburb of Balmain, Australia. I'm Mum to 3 little ones, and wife to my best friend of almost 20 years. I've always been creative. A lover of music, art and history. Photography has been an important part of my life since I first picked up a camera as a hobby back in 2008.


    I began my career as a professional baby photographer back in 2012 and have had the honour of photographing over 300 babies since then.
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