Using the 3x3 grid, I was able to easily place these large boulders in the foreground, keeping the bridge in the upper third of the frame, resulting in an overall more balanced composition. Andrew Hoyle /
The iPhone SE may not have the same triple camera configuration as found on the iPhone 11 Pr o , but its only camera can still take pictures that belies its affordability. Whether you are an enthusiastic Instagrammer or just after cute photos of your kids in the garden, there are different ways to dramatically improve your photography from the phone.
Being the generous kind that I am, I have gathered my top tips here.
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To keep up with its lower price tag, the iPhone SE ditched the multi-camera line of its more expensive sibling. being easier on the wallet, it naturally limits the shooting options you'll have when you're on the go. You won't be able to switch to the ultra-wide lens to capture everything in front of you, or zoom in on specific details using the telephoto lens.
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As a result, you will really need to focus on how you compose your images when you take them. My advice is to go to the camera settings in the main settings menu and enable the grid.This will give you a 3x3 overlay when taking pictures which will make it easier to shoot. aligning your images according to the “rule of thirds” of photography, which might help you achieve a more attractive composition when you are photographing.
Look for guidelines, such as a path or wall that catches the viewer's eye in the scene, or interesting foreground objects (like a patch of flowers or a large piece of driftwood ) to enhance your seascapes.
Use your feet and move around the scene you are here to find the best angles. No, you don'tDon't have a built-in wide angle lens, but maybe you could just take a few steps back to put this church tower in the frame. Remember you can improve a lot of bad lighting or bad colors when editing, but you can't save bad composition, so try not to cut off the top of someone's head when you take his portrait.
By choosing my right time of day, I was able get some stunning sunset colors over this stunning part of Edinburgh. Andrew Hoyle /
Step into the light
iPhone SE does not work with Night Mode or targeted Deep Fusion processinge par iPhone 11 Pro Reduces image noise and improves detail in low light. As a result, iPhone SE can take decent photos in low light conditions, but your best results will be achieved during the day.
If you are planning an outdoor photo shoot, try to time time so you give the phone the best chance of success. Avoid the middle of the day when the sun above your head will create harsh light and deep shadows, and avoid the night when the phone will struggle even more. As the sun goes down in the late afternoon, chances are you can get some great scenery with vivid colors and satisfying contrast.
The use of the 'Exposure tool blurred this raging water into a smooth, ethereal flow. Andrew Hoyle /
Use Live Photos to create dreamy long exposures
Live Photos don't just let your images come to life with seconds of video - they have a hidden feature that can completely transform many of your footage. By dragging an image into your gallery to show the 'Effects ' panel, then switching to 'Long Exposure ', the phone can blur any movement in the scene to give the same effect as a real long exposure. shot over several seconds.
The best subject to use for this is running water, be it a stream, the ocean lapping on the shore or a waterfall on the rocks.I love the long exposure waterfall footage because it turns the water into a silky blur, while the static rocks stay in focus. Getting the same shot on a DSLR requires a tripod and usually expensive filters, so it's amazing that you can achieve an almost identical, portable effect using just the phone.
You can apply the long exposure effect to any live photo you have taken at any time, so make sure the Live Photo icon is active on the screen of the camera when you take your images.
Moment 's goals can add wide angle views or let you get up close with macro shots. It 's shown here on aSamsung Galaxy S10, but the case and lenses are now available for the iPhone SE. Andrew Hoyle /
The iPhone SE may seem limited with its only camera, but there are accessories available that can greatly increase its functionality. Accessories manufacturer Moment produces a range of very high quality lenses that attach to specific phone cases and recently released a version that supports the iPhone SE.
Moment's lenses include telephoto options as well as wide angle, so using them can help align the S's single cameraE with the three cameras of the iPhone 11 Pro. Moment also manufactures various filters, including circular polarizers, which can be great for helping to reduce glare and in images, making your photos look more professional.
If you want to go even further in the professional field, you may even consider getting a Profoto B10 studio strobe light , which can allow you to take the kind of product or portrait images that you might normally only have taken with professional cameras. At nearly $ 1,700, this accessBlack is several times the price of the iPhone SE, so it's unlikely to be an option for most of you, but if you're a photographer who already uses a B10 for their professional work, keep in mind mind that you can now use it with your iPhone.
By using burst mode, I was able to select my photo just when I was up to my jump. Katie Collins /
Capture the action with burst mode
iPhone SE can take 10 photos per second using burst mode, which makes it ideal for capture that fraction of a second action. But the function is a bit more hidden than it was before.
Instead of pressing and holding the shutter button (as it did before, but this now activates video recording), you should slide the shutter button to the left, if you want to hold in portrait orientation, or drag it down if you are in landscape mode. Keep it pressed and it will take hundreds of images in super-fast succession.
This is a great tool to keep in mind for any fast paced subject, whether it's your child about to swing a bat or a dog jumping for a treat . You will need to try to anticipate when the action will take place and make sure you start the burst mode fires in time to capture the moment. Once you have taken the series of shots, you can view the stack in your gallery, press 'Select ' to browse each image and select the exact photo that captures the action as you wantez.
Edit to have an impact
If you really want your images pop out of the screen, you might want to consider making some changes to them in an editing app. My favorite is Adobe Lightroom Mobile , which gives granular control over exposure and color settings in the same way as the desktop version from Lightroom. Snapseed offers similar functionality and is free on the App Store.
You can get more creative with apps like PicsArt, Photoshop Camera or Prisma, which allow you to apply a variety quirky creative effects to your images, add new skies or other elements or mix
Remember that There is no limit to what you can do with your images in the wealth of editing apps available, so my advice is to make a cup of tea, sit in a comfortable chair and to see what you can achieve. Make sure to check my roundup of my best iPhone photo editing apps .