THE SECRET & AWESOME FEATURES OF YOUR I-PHONE CAMERA | Denver Portrait Photographer | Truth Photography LLC

Typically I share one of the following three types of blogs:

  1. Blogs of my sessions, something I have done less this year since I have wanted to focus more on sharing content that is helpful to all of you.
  2. Blogs with helpful content created by me like tips on the best time for your session, what to wear, local events etc.
  3. Guest blogs about things that I believe moms will find helpful but that are not related to photography.

Today I am actually sharing photography tips from another photographer. This blog was created by Julia Kelleher of Jewel Images in Bend Oregon. I chose to share her blog (with her permission) instead of creating my own because this is created specifically for iPhone users. I have found despite being an android user myself, most of my clients have an iPhone, so since I can’t teach what I don’t know, here are some tips for taking some better photos with your iPhone! Enjoy!



Your I-phone is with you at all times, right? It’s like your right hand — always there, always ready to help you muddle your way through the day and kill boredom when the need arises. But that phone of yours can be oh-so-frustrating when your darling child chooses a particular moment to do something photo-worthy and your phone chooses that time to revolt.

Well, when you learn the inner and secret features of your I-phone camera, your days of being “slow on the draw” will be over. On top of that, your camera skills will improve 10-fold and your images will too, making your memories print and wall worthy.

So let’s look at some of the tricks and features inside your I-phone that will make you shine at the next family get together!

Open your camera app FAST

Don’t miss ANY moment. To get to your camera lickety-split do one of two things depending on if your iPhone is locked or not.


  1. Hit the home button
  2. Locate the camera icon on the lower right corner of the screen.
  3. Swipe up & the camera will open.


  1. Swipe Up
  2. Tap the camera icon & the camera will open.


Turn on your grid

            Activating the grid will place a “tick-tac-toe” box on your screen as you shoot. What’s the benefit? Where the lines cross is called a “power point.” When you place your subject on of the four points you create images with a little negative space and better, more artistic composition. A little pro tip that will make your images that much prettier! (If you received my “Mama’s guide” she is talking about rule of thirds here. – Jennifer)

            TO ACTIVATE:

  1. Go to Settings > Photos&Camera > Grid > Turn it On

Adjust Exposure and focus at your will

            Professional photographer know light like the back of your hand, and every lighting situation poses different issues, especially of you camera. A camera cannot see light and adjust the way the human eye can. So, it’s important to be able to tell your camera how to behave when you need it to in order to get a good “exposure.” The classic scenario that may drive you crazy is shooting a darker subject on a bright background. Your camera will want to make the background look good and your subject will be dark and ugly! ARGH! The way around this? Use the hidden feature in your iPhone that lets YOU control how bright an image is.



  1. Ope the camera
  2. Compose your shot
  3. Tap and HOLD on the screen where you want to focus. The yellow box will blink and set focus.
  4. Swipe up or down to make the camera brighten or darken the exposure
  5. When you’re happy with how it looks, take the shot!

Turn off your Auto Flash

Flash from your camera almost never looks good. It produces a harsh, flat light that doesn’t always need to be there, yet the camera seems to want to use it all the time. Turn it off when you can for more pleasing light in your images.


1.In the camera app, tap the lighting bolt icon in the upper left corner.

  1. Choose and tap “Off.”
  2. Shoot as you like!


Use Burst Mode For Fast Action

Did you know your I-phone can shoot 10 frames per second in burst mode? WHAT? My iPhone has burst mode? Yes it does! And it’s great for catching your toddler on the run.


  1. Press and HOLD the shutter release button on your camera app.
  2. Voila! 10 frames per second.


Edit like a pro

Taking the picture is just half the process in the Pro world. Editing and enhancing the image is 50% of the process. Yes, even when you shoot with your I-phone you can make your images stand out even more by using a good editing app.

Here’s a few fun suggestions to try out:




Rhonna Designs



wood camera



after focus

tiltshift generator



Ok iPhone users, I’d love to hear if you found this helpful. Tell me in the comments below what you thought!

Want to learn more about taking great photos of your children weather your shooting witth your iPhone, andriod or camera? Check out my Mama’s guide to photographing her children. When you sign up to receive your guide you will also get a link to join my insiders club on Facebook where we are going deeper into these tips and having fun photography contests 🙂 I’d love to have you join us!!!

And one more blog post for mama’s taking photos of their kids!


headshotMy name is Jennifer Tavera, the photographer behind Truth Photography. I am a Northglenn Colorado family photographer seeking imaginative, free spirited families who want more than just a boring family photo. I believe that your life is epic and deserves to be captured with photography! I specializes in creating unique photo sessions that will be an adventure for your child or family and turning the finished portraits into beautiful wall art for your home. For more information on my sessions visit I can’t wait to photograph your next adventure!!


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