Mobile photography is inexorably replacing what we do with professional cameras. We can do a lot with the cameras that we carry in our pockets and with a few tips and tricks we can give the results that extra touch. Let’s go over some resources that our iPhone camera gives us to capture the world around us.
Panoramas with the same person more than once
There are some pretty creative resources related to panoramic photos. The grace of this system for capturing our environment is that the capture has an extension in time. This allows us to modify said environment while we capture it.
Thus, we can, placed in an open and wide space, start capturing from the far left, photograph the subject of the image, pause, wait for the subject to reposition itself in another position to our right and capture it. again. The result is an image that contains the same person twice, a curious effect.
Use the self-timer for more stable images
It is clear that the iPhone’s image stabilization system is very good at doing its job. Rarely do we see a shaky image, and yet there are times when we need to go deeper. Photos in which we are very close to the subject and where we do not have a tripod are ideal for this system.
No matter how still we are, the simple movement of tapping the screen to capture the image or pressing the volume button is sometimes too much. For these cases, we can just use the timer. We play to start the countdown and hold our breath for a few seconds for more stability.
Reflections in the water
Another great fun system for taking creative photographs is to use the reflections that can be seen in the water features. It serves us from a swimming pool to a puddle in the street. The idea is to point the camera directly so that we capture the inverted image of the scene with the ripples of this system.
Next, it’s usually a good idea to apply a black and white filter and, once the image is captured, flip it over to display it in the actual orientation. This produces a most curious effect because in most cases when we see an image like this we detect that something is different, and it is usually surprising to find out what it is.
Second station with panoramic photos. In this case, it is a question of taking the panorama in a vertical format. The truth is that the system is not designed specifically for this, but it opens the doors to very curious executives. Sometimes we just run out of context when what we want to capture is too high, we can use 0.5x zoom, but sometimes we still run out.
In these cases, a brief panorama in the vertical direction allows us to easily capture tall buildings and other settings that require perspective and distance. Another option with vertical panoramas is to capture, for example on a street, a 180º semicircle so that we can see both directions of the same street at both ends of the panorama.
Another iPhone like the flash
Sometimes to capture certain textures a second light source comes in handy. When the texture has a certain relief, it is very interesting to use a second iPhone or iPad to bring out all the volume of the image.
The idea is to aim directly at the texture you want to photograph and use a second iPhone to apply perpendicular light. A system that achieves the most interesting effects on walls, fabrics, sheets, etc.
We ended up with a little post-production trick
Sometimes the resulting image contains something we don’t want. A light cable, pole, advertisement or even a person crossing at one end of our composition. In these cases, we can use an application to remove parts of the image and restore the “original” background.
One of the best options is TouchRetouch which we analyzed some time ago in Applesfera and which allows us to mark exactly the areas to be eliminated with surprisingly well achieved results.
Of course, there are plenty of resources and tips that we can use to improve the image capture we do on our iPhone. This without going into the problems of composition and other nuances for our images. Here we wanted to collect only a few fairly basic ones that, without a doubt, have all the potential to give us the most interesting photos.