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How to Take Better, Brighter, and Sharper Photos with Your iPhone

How to Take Better, Brighter, and Sharper Photos with Your iPhoneWe’re experts in printing iPhone photos, but can always use more tips on taking the best images with our phones. We want our shots to be as bright and sharp as possible so that they really stand out! Recently we found this helpful article via A Beautiful Mess, containing some great tips on how to do just so. Below is what we’ve learned so far!

How to Take Better, Brighter, and Sharper Photos with Your iPhone

KEEP YOUR LENS CLEAN
This is something you might not even think of, but a really important step in ensuring sharp photos. Think of how much dirt, oil, and fingerprints build up on that lens over time. Wiping it down each time you snap a new image can really help minimize blur, fuzziness, and haziness.

How to Take Better, Brighter, and Sharper Photos with Your iPhone

LOOK FOR GOOD LIGHTING
Before taking that photo, make sure the lighting is just right. Lighting makes the difference between a good and bad image when it comes to iPhones. Day photos outdoors are your best bet, but if you’re taking one indoors a window is a great light source. Good lighting also helps create the most bright and vibrant kind of photos!

How to Take Better, Brighter, and Sharper Photos with Your iPhone

BRIGHTNESS AND CONTRAST
Instagram’s latest update brought a brightness and contrast editing option to the app. Use the app to edit your images and bump up both features to your liking. It can make a huge difference — often resulting in a brighter, more colorful, and crisper photo.

How to Take Better, Brighter, and Sharper Photos with Your iPhone

THE MORE INTENSE THE COLOR, THE BETTER
No one likes a dull image with muted colors! Here’s what the girls at A Beautiful Mess suggest: “To get intense color without a heavy filtered look, my favorite method is first boosting the brightness and contrast just a little bit and then using a filter from VSCO Cam. It’s by far the best app for getting color to pop. The filter I use most often is C1 (which comes with the free app), and I usually turn it down between 25% and 50%.

How to Take Better, Brighter, and Sharper Photos with Your iPhone

USING A BLACK AND WHITE FILTER
For some photos, adding a black and white filter can make all the difference in the world. Add it to your image if there’s bad lighting, color clashing, or if it has a distracting element that you want to downplay. The results can be very dramatic and powerful.

How to Take Better, Brighter, and Sharper Photos with Your iPhone

BRIGHTENING PEOPLE
Lighting is key when photographing people with your iPhone, or any camera for that matter. To flatter the subjects in your photo, adjust the brightness and contrast levels. If skin tones are looking too red, follow up with a blue tinted filter. They suggest the Relic filter from the popular app, Afterlight.