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One pro photographer’s secret tricks for taking world-class pics with your iPhone 6

Published Oct 23rd, 2014 1:05PM EDT

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The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have both earned wide praise for the quality of their cameras but they still won’t help you take high-quality pictures if you don’t know how to use them properly. Professional photographer Chris Vultaggio has written up a great list of tips and tricks that every amateur iPhone photographer should know if they want to snap pictures like the pros.

FROM EARLIER: The best and most extensive iPhone 6 Plus camera review you’ll ever see

First, Vultaggio says you need to take some time to make sure your camera is properly stable before snapping pictures. He says this is easier said than done because rear LCD screens encourage us to snap pictures at arms’ length and thus their pictures aren’t naturally as even as we’d like them to be.

“Take a few seconds to compose properly and suck your elbows into your torso, which aids stability,” he writes. “Also, some cameras have grid guides on the screen when shooting – line one up with something straight (horizon, building) and it’ll help with that nasty parallax everyone hates so much.”

After this, Vultaggio offers tips for “tricking” your phone into giving you the perfect exposure you want, for shooting videos horizontally instead of vertically, for properly focusing your phone’s camera better than relying on autofocus ever could, and for adding cool effects and filters to your pictures while you’re taking them instead of adding them after through Instagram.

Oh, and Vultaggio offers a very simple tip when it comes to using your smartphone camera’s zoom functionality: Just stay away from it all together.

The full list of iPhone camera tricks is worth reading and can be found at the source link below.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.