Four Great Tips for Taking iPhone Event Photos

R.T. Clown Inc. has been creating, coordinating, and executing corporate parties and holiday events for nearly three decades. Throughout all those years, the company has produced nearly every kind of event imaginable.  We have also taken a lot of photos, usually with a nice camera. However, we know that the most popular camera these days for snapping shots is the Apple iPhone. So to help you document your next event, whether holiday, Halloween, or New Year’s Eve, we’ve assembled some simple tips and tricks to help you next time you want to capture your next event on an iPhone.

Tip #1: The Rule of Thirds

The most basic rule of photography is also one of the most important! It’s called the “Rule of Thirds.” Basically it means composing your image based on a grid of nine equally-sized squares, and then aligning the subject in one column, or one-third of the frame. Photographers that follow the rule of thirds are able to capture more visually appealing shots because they force the eye to flow across the image. All iPhone’s have a grid option available, which can aid you in lining up photographs so that they follow the rule of thirds. You can turn this option on by visiting Settings > Photos & Camera

Tip #2: Anticipate Where You’re Going to Use Your Photos to Find the Correct Shooting Mode

One of the great things about Apple’s iPhone is that it allows the photographer to shoot in several different modes when taking a picture. Typically, these modes include square, wide-angle or panorama, and basic photo. Now it may sound elementary, but many people will shoot a square photo for their social media banner, which should be taken in wide mode. Conversely, if you want to shoot pictures to post to Instagram, use the square mode. Remember these different modes are designed so that the photographer can find better framing for their photos.

Tip #3: Be Positive About Using Negative Space

Negative space is the area of the photo that is not the subject. Think of it as the emptiness of a photo. For photographers, negative space is important to understand because it gives the eyes some breathing room. Also, using negative space effectively can enhance a busy photo. For example, if you are taking a photo of a skyline underneath a brilliant blue sky, you can use the principle of thirds outlined above, and place the skyline in the bottom third portion of your grid, while allowing the top two-thirds to be filled with sky. With practice, you can create a nice balance with negative space.

Tip #4: Choose Natural Light over Flash

When it comes to photography, there is nothing better than natural light. Even the newest iPhones have great flash units, but at the end of the day, the flash unit still just an LED light, and sometimes can create a bluish hue over your photo. Therefore, always try shooting your photos using natural light sources

These are just a few of our rules that we use to elevate our Instagram game. Have any iPhone photography rules you live by? Share them with us below.