How To Get Better iPhone Photos (A Beginner’s Guide)

by SomeGirl on November 9, 2011 · 19 comments

(oops, didn’t straighten up the room before I started snapping photos)

When you get ready to take a photo with your iPhone…



Touch around the screen to choose your exposure and set your focal point…


The area you touch will become the brightest, most in focus, area of your photo…



Play around with different exposures until you find one that works for you.


If you want something in that really bright area to be seen, touch it to bring the object into focus.


But… what if you already have a photo that you took, and didn’t know this helpful tip?

I’d suggest the PS Express app (PhotoShop Express) for around $1.99 (I don’t get a commission).

Or SnapSeed (which I learned about from @michellebygrace and LOVE!) for $4.99 (again, no commission).

Both take a little learning, however, I think PS Express is the easier of the two to learn. But SnapSeed has more advanced functions.

Here’s what I was able to do with a photo for a sweet gal I recently met and discussed these apps with, using a mixture of the two apps…

That was a super quick edit – the quality would have been much better with the full photo and a little more time… this was just a snapshot from the phone and a quick exposure adjustment. :)

So, hope that helps a bit. Happy shooting!


♥ Michelle (aka SomeGirl)

Btw, if you don’t find that this tip works on your iPhone you might consider upgrading your operating system for free… just google how to download it.




Love these tips, since my iPhone IS my camera right now. ;) Thanks for sharing, Michelle!


You’re welcome! Hope they help! :)


These tips are so great! Thanks Michelle!


Thanks, Kristin!


Thank you! and I LOVE snapspeed (which I found from you!)


Yay! Glad you like it! :)

Chrissy @ Fireflies and Hummingbirds

This is a great post! Thanks for sharing! I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that I didn’t realize I could adjust the exposure by touching the screen! You learn something new every day! :)


Most people I share this with in person don’t know about it… that’s why I decided to share it here. :) You’re not at all alone!


I had no idea either! I use Instagram for editing because its free and I love the filters, but I will start taking some awesome pictures now with this new information! Thanks so much Michelle!


You’re welcome! :) I totally forgot to mention instagram – my latest addiction. I LOVE their filters!

Thanks for taking the time to comment!


Great post – just RT’d it for you!

I love both apps and use them all the time….Great choice!


Thanks, Meghan! :)

Angie Tolpin

Wow! Thank you thank you thankyou! I had no idea that you could do so much with the iphone camera… I avoid using it bc I am NOT impressed with the quality… you have just changed my perspective.


So glad to be able to help! Hope you see a difference! :)


This is AWESOME! I’m sitting here shaking my head wondering HOW I did not know this…I thought that my phone just chose the exposure on its own and there wasn’t anything I could do about it. I’m actually doing a little happy dance in my hotel room right now.
Thanks!! ;)

Laurie Collett

Thanks for the tips! May come in handy even for a non-techie like me! God bless you!


I am amazed. I was clueless. As it turns out I can’t upgrade my phone to the iOS that allows exposure changes but what I do have has zoom in it… had no idea. Because of this post I discovered it. Thanks once again Michelle!


Step 1: get an iphone. Bwahahahaha! :)

Lisa @ A Little Slice of Life

Thanks for the tips. Since I always have my phone handy most of my pics are off my iPhone.

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