Basic iPhoneography Tips and Tricks


You know how once you’ve gotten to know something pretty well, it can be awkward to ask the basics.

“I know we’ve sat at the same lunch table for the last six months, but what’s your name?”

Well, we feel that way about photography sometimes too.

So, here are our five favorite basic iPhone camera tricks.

… and the name’s Photojojo. Nice to finally meet you too.



1. Tap and Hold to Lock Exposure and Focus

You can tap the screen to tell the camera where to set the focus and exposure, but did you know you can tap and hold to lock it?

Try it out: focus on something super close then, shoot something far away with a dreamy out-of-focus look – add a little mystery to your Instagram feed.


2. Adjust Exposure on the Fly

Once you’ve tapped to set your exposure (or tapped and held to lock it) you can slide your finger up and down to adjust the exposure.

You’re smarter than the auto-exposing robot in your phone, give it a little help!


3. Use the Volume Buttons to Take Photos

You can get a better grip on the phone if you use the volume buttons on the side, or on your headphones, as the shutter release.

Stretch out your selfie arm a bit further with your thumb on the volume buttons. Or, hold your camera at just the right angle with one hand and control the shutter using the volume controls on your headphones with the other.


4. Get a Little Help with Perfectly Flat Flatlays

Not only will turning on the grid view help you line up horizons and rules-of-thirds your heart out, with iOS 11 (released last fall) it also turns on a handy level tool.

When your camera senses that you’re shooting straight down (phone parallel to the earth, or your dinner table) you will see two little +’s. simply tilt the phone until they line up and there you have it, a perfectly level photo of your spaghetti.

To turn that baby on go to your phone’s Settings > Camera > Grid and toggle it on (green = on).


5. Add a Phone Lens

You don’t have to stick with the one (or two) lens(es) you’ve got. Clip on a Photojojo 2-in-1 Macro & Wide Angle Lens to take in tiny details or even more of the view.

Here are a couple photos I snuck of our photographer Kali snapping photos for this post! First with the wide angle lens, then without.


Get that Lens Here


Learn anything new? Please share this article with your photographer friends. It’s never too late or too awkward to brush up on the basics.