Most of my photos are taken on an iPhone (cue a thousands of horrified gasps). Before everyone comments that a DSLR is the only option for a blogger, let me just say that my DLSR isn’t working right now so my iPhone camera is what I’m using for photography.

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So my mom helps me out a lot when I ask her to take photos of me, but she’s not the best photographer out there (don’t tell her I said that… oh wait she reads my blog…crap). Here are some tips for the lone iphonographer.

For selfies:

Use a selfie stick
No I’m not kidding. Speaking as someone who’s arms are SUPER short a selfie stick is amazing. If you know your angles and you get the right light you really can take a great photo.

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Find a good backdrop
A graffiti wall, brick wall even a plain white wall is good. I’m lucky enough to live in a house with a great brick wall, but when the weather is bad (and going out is a death sentence), my go-to wall is a plain beige wall in my room.

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No super intricate photoshop edits, but bump up the lighting, rotate or straighten the photo, add a filter etc. Just little things that make the photo more attractive.











Get a tripod
Getting an iPhone tripod was seriously the best. This the standard one, this is a cool/flexible one andΒ this one isn’t exactly a tripod, but it’s seriously a life saver. P.S. get a clip so you can mount it on any vertical surface.


It’s a tripod that also serves as a selfie stick! Click to shop.

For a flatlay:

Use a simple background
Again, a cool background is essential. When you can’t find one use a simple, plain one. The majority of the time I use the carpet in my room, I’ve also used my bed, my desk, my nightstand, and a plain white box. Tip: try a dry erase board.


Use a contrasting background
Okay so I’m not the biggest fan of this, but if done right it really works! It’s kinda like mixing patterns. I like to have a consistent color throughout the photo.

Place items strategically
This is when I have 12347 of the same photo on my phone. I’ll layout the objects in a way I like, take a picture then switch the objects up again. They don’t have to be straight all the time, I like the look of objects that look natural like they fell out of your bag or are just there (even though they were placed) Tip: Look at your photos BEFORE you put your things away-chances are you didn’t get the shot you wanted.

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Objects grouped in odd numbers work well
One thing I learned in my media design class is that things that are unsymmetrical tend to please the eye more. That being said if I were taking a photo of my desk or something I would ensure that there are 1,3,5,7 etc. objects in the frame.

For any other shot:

Enable the grid
here’s how:

go to settings>general>camera & photos then scroll down till you see the ‘grid’ option- toggle the switch so that the button is green.

When that’s done go back to your camera and when you take a photo it should look like this.

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The areas where the lines meet are where your subject should go. Not all the time, but the majority.

Have a clear focus
Sometimes (okay all the time for me) there are other objects in the frame of what you’re shooting. You don’t want your audience to focus on a group of people in the background when the key element of your photo is a single person/object in the front. There are a lot of ways to do this i.e. blurring the background (portrait mode I’m looking at you) or removing the element from your photo.

For example, the main focus in this photo is the red phone case, but the ornaments and Christmas tree are also in the frame (as good background elements).

Change up the angle
Stop taking photos just straight on! Come at your object from a little off center, above below whatever! A change in angles makes the photo more interesting.

Some other useful tips and tricks:Β 

  • White Space (a.k.a. negative space) is a good thing
  • That being said, fill some negative space with props that won’t distract from your main element
  • Always find good lighting

What iPhone photo tips do you have?

Author: Alix Maza

Alix is a college student, Step Up Magazine contributor, wannabe author, blogger and a super girly-girl who loves dogs and is entirely too dependent on coffee.

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  • Thanks for these great tips
    I don’t have an Iphone but I got lots of tips here that I can apply on my smart phone

  • Indypassionlady

    I really need to invest in an iPhone. Your tips were great. I’m not naturally a great photographer so this really helped me.

    • An iPhone (really any smartphone) is a great investment!

  • These tips are seriously awesome!
    I think people get really caught up in buying cameras but you can take great pictures with an iPhone nowadays! The grid feature is a LIFESAVER, especially when you have other people snapping your pictures!


  • Great tips! I don’t have a DSLR. All my photos are taking with my iPhone until I get a camera (I’m waiting for Black Friday to get a good lense πŸ˜…πŸ˜…). But my pictures are great and people are often shocked that they’re taken on an iPhone 6s.

    • I think I need to get a new camera πŸ™ I’ll wait for Black Friday also!

      • Last Black Friday, I say many of them and great lenses for up to 60% off. I didn’t have a blog then so I didn’t see an urgent need for one. This yes tho. I’ll be looking! Love your blog

  • Michelle Diamante

    I use my iPhone for taking pictures, too. Thanks for these tips.

    • I just finished taking some photos right now!

  • Dymond Moore

    These are great tips for all phones! I almost didn’t click because I have an android. Maybe rename it ti reflect that? Don’t wanna lose readers! Have an awesome day!

  • Sarah Sweis Shoucair

    great tips. many people don’t realize how powerful modern smartphone cameras are in today’s world. with adequate lighting, you can take some great pics and if you know what you’re doing and utilize the phone settings and filters, they’ll be awesome pics.

    • Omg that’s exactly what I think!

  • Adriana

    I love these tips!! So helpful – iPhone photography really is possible!! A tripod/selfie stick works wonders, and your editing/lighting skills are awesome!

    • Aww thanks girl! Totally agree with the tripod/selfie stick!

  • Anna Hubbard

    These are all great tips, Alix! iPhones can make great cameras if you don’t have access to a DSLR!

  • These are some great tips. I love that the cameras on phones are getting to be better and better, which is awesome.
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

    • Hopefully one day we won’t have to carry around a huge DSLR haha.

  • The best camera is the one you have with you! Can’t go wrong with the rule of thirds and a clear subject

  • That grid feature is CLUTCH – so helpful for the rule of thirds!

    Coming Up Roses

    • The rule of thirds totally changed my photo game haha.

  • These are all excellent tips! I put my phone’s camera on grid mode a long time ago and I haven’t looked back – it’s SO helpful!

    • I did too! When I figured out how to set the grid up I was so excited haha!

  • Great tips! The grid feature helps out so much when using iphone photography!

    Carrie |

  • Kate

    I like how these are all tips I can use on my Android as well. Thanks!

  • Great tips! Lord knows I need all the help I can get πŸ™‚

    • Haha some of my pictures from a while ago make me cringe. πŸ™‚

  • niftythriftythings

    These are great tips! Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Dori

    Fun and very informative. Thanks for sharing!

  • Deborah Francisco

    This is great! I have an iPhone and don’t necessarily want to invest in expensive camera equipment. I like the editing options because it helps the photo more appealing.

    • Editing can be great! Just don’t go too overboard haha.

  • This is a great article! I use a cell phone too but I want them to look even better like it was taken with an expensive camera.

    • You can do that with a smartphone!

  • Shannon @ Lady’s Little Loves

    great tips! I neevr would have thought of the dry erase board!

    • Haha a poster board works well also.

  • Sarah Kranz

    I am definitely trying to learn how to take better pictures with my iphone, this will certainly be helpful!

  • thesophiadiaries

    all great tips!! although i’m a strong believer in editing to the point of realism haha it still has to be real in my opinion πŸ™‚

    • Of course, I don’t like a picture to be too edited!

  • Using the grid totally helps me! I usually take photos on my iPhone due to sheer laziness haha.

  • great tips! the grid is a life saver

  • I don’t have an iPhone, but I think these are general phone photography tips. I love that odd number one, never thought about it before!

    • Thank you media design class haha.

  • These are really great tips! I really need to clear up my phone so I can actually take pictures with my phone again! x_x

    • Lol I probably need to do that also.

  • Kori Evans

    The best camera is the one you have with you!! And I’m a photographer ;-). There is NOTHING wrong with using your phone. And I LOVE that you recommend the grid!!! THANK YOU!!!! πŸ˜€

    • Yay! I’m glad I got a photographers approval. πŸ™‚

  • Great tips! I am still trying to master the flat lay, they never turn out that great for me, so thanks for the tips!

    • I’m thinking about posting a flat lay guide! Would that help?

  • Love all these tips! I so agree with looking at your photo before you put everything away… sometimes it takes a few tries to get it right!

    • I cannot tell you how many times I’ve cleared my stuff away only to realize I didn’t get the shot I wanted 😑

  • Patricia Conte

    Super-duper tips! I didn’t know about the grid setting – can’t wait to check it out!

    • The grid setting is an absolute life saver!

  • Great tips! I love showing people about the grid feature on the iphone!

    • It’s seriously so easy and so helpful!

  • Carly Ned

    These are all such great tips! I feel like I’ll be a rockstar with iPhone photography now!

  • Great tips! I have a nice camera that I LOVE but I still find myself grabbing my phone from time to time to take quick pictures. I really need to up my iPhone game since it’s always on hand!

    • That’s what started me on iPhoneography πŸ™‚

  • These are great tips! Selfie sticks are everything!

    • Agreed! Great for those with short arms (me).

  • Elly Leavitt

    love these tips! editing is super important! x