This particular series grew a bit bigger than I envisioned. As I discovered more and more too cool not to share tips and hints for not only taking pictures of your dogs, but using your iPhone camera, I could not contain myself. What was going to be one week and a handout grew into three weeks and a photography training series. For those of you who know me, that is kind of how everything ends up. Enjoy!
These tips are geared toward the iPhone, but the same basic ideas work on any type of photography. Before you scream, "Where are my Android Tips?" I will tell you I know nothing about that format, having been an Apple geek since the mid-1990s.
Let’s do a quick run-through of your iPhone’s settings. This info is based on the most up-to-date settings, 12.1.4, at the time of writing this article.
Ready, Set, Go To Settings
Tap on the Settings icon on your home screen. From there you can tweak settings like a pro.
Bliss Tip! Suggested Settings
First - Use the Auto Focus feature!
As you are focusing your photo, tap on the most important part, probably your dog’s face. Your iPhone automatically sets that spot as the focus. A yellow square with a starburst will appear (see left). You may have to tap more than once to keep the focus.
But wait there’s MORE. You can also lighten or darken your photo (aka set the exposure) by sliding your finger up, to lighten, or down to darken as you focus.
Next & My FAVE - Get To Know Portrait Mode
Oh yeah, this is how you get the way cool blurred effect you see in high-end pro photos. Now you can do it, too. Download the PDF to learn more about Portrait Mode!