Tips for Taking Better iPhone Photos
iPhone photos not turning out as you want them to? It’s OK! Because we came up with some guidelines that will dramatically improve your photo quality. Follow these simple rules and you’ll be on your way to capturing awesome PicYou photos!
First, it’s very important that you understand lighting is one of the most important aspects (if not THE most) to producing great photos. Photos come out more crisp and clear with a good source of lighting. Other important things to consider are composition and depth of field (DOF) in capturing great shots. But sometimes you need more to make your photos really stand out and wow your friends and family.
Rule of Thirds A good place to start improving your photos is to consider the Rule of Thirds when you are composing photos. Imagine your screen divided into thirds both vertically and horizontally, making 9 segments. This is a guide that will help you position a subject in your photo so that it is more appealing to the eye. The idea is that if you place your subject at the points of interests (intersections of the lines), the viewer will interact with the photo more naturally, allowing them to see what you want them to see. By placing your subject on any of the four intersection points, you will create a photo that gives it a natural way of viewing it. Also, placing your subject along the four lines will improve your photos.
And of course rules are sometimes broken. If you don’t follow the Rule of Thirds, it doesn’t mean your photos won’t be interesting or balanced. It is all up to you how you want your photo to be perceived. But remember: before breaking a rule, first learn it so that you know what you’re doing.
Focus Settings Did you know your iPhone has focus settings? Position your iPhone in front of your subject and tap the screen where you want it to focus. This will definitely add pop to your photo and will give the photo great depth of field. Also, it will make the subject of your photo easier to identify. Try adding additional light when taking up-close shots… this will really make the subject stand out.
Headphones as a Remote Those headphones that came with your iPhone are not only for listening to music. You can also use them as a remote to snap a photo. For best results, place your phone on a steady surface or even a tripod and use the volume up button to take a picture. A lot of people have a problem with shaky hands, causing blurry photos; that’s why placing the phone on a tripod or a steady surface will get rid of that blur and give you a crisp shot.
Change Perspective If you don’t like the outcome of a particular photo you’ve shot, don’t stress… try a different angle. This is where your creative side will take over. Play around with different perspectives to see which is more appealing.
Creativity At last, there is creativity. Sorry to burst your bubble, but we cannot make you more creative; that is up to you. If you’re short on creativity, try reading up on or looking through photography books for inspiration. You can always get some pointers from the pros. Also, you shouldn’t limit yourself on how creative you want to get with your pictures. Experiment with all different options you have at your command.
Ready to take some sweet shots? Go for it!!
PicYou, With Emoji :)
PicYou now supports Emoji both on the PicYou iPhone App and on PicYou.com.
You may know the Emoji characters by their expressive, abundant and kooky emoticons. They’re those special set of images that you can insert into descriptions, comments and more. There are several hundreds of Emoji emoticons that you can use to express yourself.
Include Emoji in comments…
Include Emoji in descriptions…
Emoji on PicYou.com
If you have an iOS 5, iPhone, iPad or iPod device, you can enable the Emoji keyboard to start using all of the cool characters. Let’s get started…
On your device,
1. Tap Settings > General > Keyboard
2. Tap International Keyboards
3. Tap Add New Keyboard
4. Scroll down to find Emoji
Once you have enabled Emoji, you can access it by tapping the globe icon right next to the spacebar on your keyboard.
You can switch through the Emoji themes along the bottom of the keyboard. Swipe through the themes to see additional characters.
If you would like more information about Emoji, click here.
The #hashtag Defined… an Introduction
You may be wondering why some PicYou users include a # symbol at the beginning of certain words in their descriptions (#photo #nature #summer …) Is there a purpose? Sure there is!
The # symbol, called the hashtag, is used to categorize topics so that PicYou users may find similar photos easier. You can categorize any topic such as photography, food, travel, skateboarding etc. Whatever your interest, you can tag it!
Helping you find relevant photos on PicYou
To see some popular tags on PicYou, go to the Popular feed and tap the Tags menu. Here you will see tags PicYou users have used to categorize their photos. Go ahead, tap on a tag of your interest and see all the relevant photos.
You can also tap on hashtags while browsing photos. If a photo has a hashtag(s), you will see it in the description just below the photo.
Are you ready to add your own hashtag? As easy as 1, 2, #
First, snap a photo with your iPhone and choose a filter… tap Next. Add a description of your snapshot along with relevant keywords (don’t forget to add the # symbol before the keyword). That’s all to it!
Now your photos will be easier to find by people who share a common interest.
PicYou For Beginners…
So you’ve downloaded the PicYou app on your iPhone. Now what?
We know you can’t wait to check out some cool photos. Go ahead! Press the Popular tab to see some of the awesome photos that are being shared on PicYou. You can follow users, comment and like their photos right from the get go!
Once you’ve had your fun, setup your PicYou account. Press the Profile tab.
1. From there, press Edit Profile for starters. This page will allow you to give your profile some character. Info like location and bio gives people an idea of who is behind those awesome photos!
Oh! Don’t forget to upload an avatar to give your profile a face. You can either capture an image from your camera or upload it from your gallery.
2. PicYou isn’t fun without friends. So look for your friends on Twitter and/or Facebook via the Find Friends tab. Once you’ve linked up your Twitter/Facebook accounts, you can invite as many people as you want to start sharing your stunning photos with.
3. This would also be a good time to choose your notification preferences. Press Notifications to choose which notifications you’d like to receive.
From here, the possibilities are endless. Have fun exploring!