7 Quick Ways to Mix Up Your iPhone Photography

Can you remember a world when we didn’t have iPhones? When we didn’t take photos every day? And when we didn’t have to look at other people’s holiday / food / clothes / baby snaps, and Like them?

Those were the days. 

If you’ve become a bit jaded by all the 24/7, 360 photography, be the change you want to see in the world (#Ghandi) and mix yours up a little. Here are a few ideas, that I’m going to use too, to try and make yours that bit different to everyone else’s.

7 Quick Ways
to Mix Up Your iPhone Photography

1. Pixter Wide Angle Lens

Mix up your iphone photography

Pixter sent me their Wide Angle Lens Pro to try out. It’s basically an attachment that clips onto your iPhone or Android and then gives you twice the field of vision you could normally capture with your smartphone. It can clip onto the front, or the back, meaning it’s pretty good for selfies too, and for live video as it means your face isn’t as big. Great news for me.

The lens comes in a handy little bag and you can just fit it on when you need.

BUT IS IT ANY GOOD?

Normal iPhone photo vs Pixter photo

As you can see it does blur a little, and I found it difficult for landscapes. BUT I realised, where it really excels, is on the front camera when you’re doing Instagram Stories. Mainly because of the size of my head vs the size of the screen, it just allows the space for more context with where you are.

If you do want to use it for photography – much less hassle than carrying around big lenses – then it’s good for making things look more epic. I have a wide angle lens on my Olympus PEN EPL7 and love using it to make buildings look all the more heroic by photographing them on the slant. Check out the Pixter website for more details and prices.

The tech

  • Viewing angle 160°
  • Equivalent to 16mm on a 35mm format
  • Very high transparency optics
  • Aluminium case
  • Polarised & anti-reflective treated glass
  • Shock and scratch resistant

You can buy the Wide Angle Pro Lens now for £29 from Amazon.

2. Download aaaalll the apps

Lightroom is usually the most recommended when it comes to photography phone apps, but I love Snapseed. My favourite functionality is the fact you can choose an area to brighten rather than doing the whole photo. This works well with shadows and just for turning up the colour on blue waters and white sands. See the difference above?

I’m not really one for filters, and I hate it when people over edit photos, but a few little ‘accents’ here and there just make the photos pop a little more.

3. Actually take the time to set up the shot

The convenience of having a phone in your pocket means that you can just whip it out at any opportunity. This is both a good and a bad thing. It means that there’s a lot of careless photography out there, where no thought whatsoever has been given to the composition of the shot. Think about what you want to get in shot, and where you want the eye to be drawn when looking at the picture.

It’s much easier to crop the image to how you want it to be while you’re taking the photo, than afterwards.

4. Don’t clutter your photo

Sometimes photos can be better when they only have one subject in them. Think about all those cups of coffee you see on Instagram with all the likes, when you’ve been gallivanting the globe seeking out beautiful scenery (#notbitter). Don’t be scared of ‘negative’ space… as in empty.

Wanderluceblog’s Instagram account is a great example of this. Beautiful, simple pictures that work together to create a very ‘calming’ Instagram page (especially compared to mine!).

How to Change Your iPhone photography

4. Use the settings

Get to know the settings that come with your camera.

You know on an iPhone you can tap on the screen to set a focus point, right? Feel like I had to explain that to someone who should know better recently. And you know that if you tap and keep your finger there and then move it up and down it adjusts the entire exposure on the photo you’re about to take?

Course you did. 

5. Use a tripod or monopod


Professional photographers use tripods for a reason – steady camera, steady photo. If you’re a little bit intimidated about getting all your kit out in public, start with one of these little ones from Amazon. You can buy them from around £10 and they’ll just help you to focus on taking the photo rather than keeping your camera steady.

If you’re taking a lot of selfies, or pictures outside then a monopod like this one can help. I only got into the idea of a selfie stick at Tomatina Festival when it helped me to get crowd shots. Before then I’d just thought they were for the vain ones among us, now I realise they’re brilliant for getting more of a landscape in behind you, to set the scene.

Don’t fear the selfie stick, embrace it.

6. Think about where the light is coming from

I went on a photography course a few months ago, and they told me that photography is basically catching the light. It’s easy to forget this and to naturally think it’s about capturing the subject. Readjust your way of thinking.

Before you start taking your photo think about where the natural light is coming from. The way it falls can make food look more appetising, facial expressions more interesting and just whatever you’re trying to photograph, look all round better. Take your photos as close as possible to the source of light.

Avoid backlight, unless you want the silhouette, and remember that using a side light can capture texture and depth, which makes for good photos.

7. Shoot from a low angle

Don’t just pull your iPhone out and snap what’s in front of you. We’ve been through this.

This goes back to point 3 where you actually think about the best angle to take the shot you want to take from. You can make images a lot more interesting by snapping the pic from below, or on a slant – it just shows life in a more interesting way and in a new perspective, which is what we’re trying to achieve, right?

Hope that helps. It definitely helps me to recap.
And if you’ve got any tips let me know in the comments box below.

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13 Comments

  1. by Eppie on July 6, 2017  3:18 pm Reply

    Great tips Vicky! I'm a Snapseed addict and I've actually been thinking about investing in some iPhone lens for a little while!

    • by Vicky on July 7, 2017  10:01 pm Reply

      Thanks Eppie :) So many things you could possibly buy aren't there? Just need to know where to spend your money!

  2. by Rachel on July 7, 2017  10:10 am Reply

    I'm currently trying to up my iphone photography game, sometimes I magically pull it off and other times it's teeerrrrrrible. I really need to start using editing apps more, that's for sure! thanks for the tips.

    • by Vicky on July 7, 2017  10:37 am Reply

      Yeah me too. There are so many apps out there, I'm definitely not using them enough. Kind of wrote this post as a poke to me to start getting better too!

  3. by Rachel on July 10, 2017  7:31 pm Reply

    Great post, although I now feel really silly for not realising you could edit the lighting by holding down your finger on the iphone screen! Duh!! I think I'll check out snapseed and put a mini tripod on my birthday list! Thanks :)

    • by Vicky on July 18, 2017  10:13 pm Reply

      Ah yay, glad I taught you something :)

  4. by Amy on July 11, 2017  1:26 pm Reply

    Really great tips Vicky! I'm amazed by the quality of phone cameras these days.

    • by Vicky on July 18, 2017  10:16 pm Reply

      Yeah, they're pretty good aren't they? Although sometimes I feel like it all looks ok on your phone and then when I go to upload the image on my blog you can tell that they're really not as good a quality. As I write that I wonder if it's a setting on my phone? Hmmmm, need to look into that one...

  5. by Jade on July 12, 2017  5:35 am Reply

    Great tips! I hadn't thought of the low-angle idea and usually click from higher angles. Will try out the 'empty space' concept.

    • by Vicky on July 18, 2017  10:17 pm Reply

      I often go for the low angle, especially when it comes to food. I find it helps to make it look more 'epic'.

  6. by Nickole on July 13, 2017  8:24 am Reply

    Travel brings power and love back into your life.

  7. by Tim on July 17, 2017  11:09 pm Reply

    Very nice and important tips ! Thanks, I will apply sole of them as soon as possible :)

    • by Vicky on July 18, 2017  9:48 pm Reply

      Ah glad you found them useful Tim :) Always so much more to learn when it comes to photography hey?

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