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Tips & Tricks

10 Tricks To Take Your iPhone Photography To The Next Level

By Paul Faecks on June 10th 2014

There are more photos shot on iPhones than on DSLRs. At least in my case. I have thousands of images stored on my phone. So here is a great little video by DigitalRev that gives 10 tricks that all iPhone photographers must know. The tips range from how to take better selfies to how to use a water bottle for creative distortion effects.

Enjoy the video:


Here are a few of my favorites:

Tip #1 Cable Release

When taking selfies, you often have the problem of not reaching the shutter button with your thumb. Just use your standard Apple headphones as a cable release. By pressing either the plus or the minus button on the music control remote you can take a photo.


Tip #4 Real-life Instagram Filter


Stick a color gel in front of your iPhone lens. You can easily fix it in place by putting it between your iPhone cover and the actual phone. Your photos will now have the color of the gel to them.


Tip #6 Water Bottle

Use a water bottle (or any other random, translucent object) for creating interesting pictures. Simply try taking photos through the bottle, this way you will end up with a very unusual image.

Tip #8 Lens Accessories

You can buy inexpensive lenses that are specifically designed for your iPhone . This one, for example, can be used for a fisheye- look.


Tip #9 Use a Broken DSLR Lens

If you own a broken Dslr lens you can use parts of it to achieve fisheye or macro looks. This way you can use a otherwise useless piece of glass.

Tip #10 Telescope Tele

Long telephoto lenses are expensive! Just use a kids-toy telescope to get a lot of zoom. Put your iPhone on the ocular and there you have it: cheap tele-magnification!


What do you think about these tricks? Do you have any tricks to add? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

[Via DigitalRev, images via screencaps]

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Paul Faecks is a portrait- and fine art photographer, based in Berlin. If you want to check out his latest work, you can do so by following him on Instagram or by liking his Facebook Page

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Michael Chapman

    Cool, didn’t know about the built-in cable release ability with the headphones.

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  2. Jacob Jexmark

    I bought some Olio clips for my iPhone, but they’ve been sitting idle ever since I bought them. I use my iPhone as is, works just fine ;)

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  3. Scott hervieux

    I recently bought the olio clip lenses for my iPhone. They include 2X telephoto, 10x macro, 15x macro, wide angle, fisheye, circular polarizer. The case even haste tripod mounts and a place for a flash (must control by remote).

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  4. Lynn

    Honestly, one CAN learn a lot about photography on an IPhone. You probably won’t get photos worthy of publication or broadcast because the camera is low quality, but you WILL learn skills like how to compose an image and a limited camera like that has the added challenge of learning how to use the limited control features it DOES have to get a really good photo. That takes skill. A higher end SLR has a LOT more control over the camera which actually makes photography a bit easier if you know how to use the features, but they do take some time to develop skill with. The guy who made the comment about upgrading the camera is right though … you can take better photos with a regular SLR. That’s what I use, but I do like to play around with phone photos a bit too.

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  5. Nexus

    Might I suggest that you get a DSLR or a higher end Mirrorless camera to bring your photography to the ‘next’ level – With one of these camera systems, YOUR forced to actually LEARN something about photography!

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    • Vinnie

      thanks for the fairly obvious suggestion Nexus, but this article isn’t about purchasing a “DSLR or a higher end Mirrorless camera”, because 1) not everyone has the $ to just go ahead and spend that kind of money, and 2) this is an article about taking photos with an iphone, not a “DSLR or a higher end Mirrorless camera”. Find an article about upgrading to a “DSLR or a higher end Mirrorless camera” if that’s what you’re interested in; this ain’t the right place for that.

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    • Jim

      “forced to actually LEARN something about photography”

      I teach photography at the college level, and one of my assignments is to use a camera they can’t control (point and shoot on auto, smartphone, toy camera, etc). It’s the perfect lesson for learning to concentrate on seeing and composition. I also teach my students that judging others ability by the equipment they use is for wannabes trying to show off.

      BTW, DSLRs are for amateurs… shoot with a view camera or nothing. Then you’ll really learn photography!

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