iPhonegraphy may sound like a funny word, but it seriously is a world of its own. With so much of online content — especially on social media — being taken right on our phones, we wanted to share some of our favorite best practices for nailing iPhone photography.

Knowing Exactly What You're Shooting

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Хочу увидеть этот необъятный, большой, прекрасный и пугающий меня мир. Я хочу окунуться в него, познать в нём всё, что можно, найти в нём своё место, понять кто я. Когда-нибудь я непременно отправлюсь в дорогу. Я верю в это всем сердцем, однажды я увижу всё. En: I want to see this immense, big, beautiful and frightening world of me. I want to plunge into it, to know everything that is possible in it, to find my place in it, to understand who I am. Someday I will certainly go on the road. I believe it with all my heart, one day I will see everything.

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How are you going to get an impressive shot if you don't even know what you're trying to shoot? It may seem obvious, but all too often you may take photos with no clear guidance as to what exactly you want to photograph, and perhaps even more important, what exactly you want the viewer to feel. Before starting to snap pictures, think about exactly what composition you're attempting to create — as well as how you can best execute your vision.

Be Unique

Instead of copying what everyone else is doing, develop your own sense of style. Sure, it can be tempting to mimic what's trending, but creating a signature photo technique will help you stand out from the crowd. Play around and develop an aesthetic that you're proud of. Who knows, maybe you'll end up leading the charge of a new trend!

Shoot in Optimal Lighting

Lighting is everything when it comes to capturing a great picture — not just with iPhoneography, but with photography in general. Avoid shooting in the sun, but be careful that you're not in too much shade. Finding the optimal lighting isn't always easy, but if you take the time to play around with where your subject is, you can create your desired shot.

Take Your Photos Like You're Not Going to Edit Them

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Editing can only do so much. Instead of taking a mediocre picture and planning to improve it during the editing process, try to take the best photo you can from the get-go. The purpose of editing is to enhance a photo, not to make up for lazy photography.

Ditch the Flash

Trust us: the flash will do more harm than good. It should be used very rarely, and if so, as a last resort. The colors and dimension of a photo will be much more pronounced and professional if you don't use your camera's flash.

Tap to Focus

It's important to use every tool at your disposal when shooting pictures on your iPhone, like tap to focus. Tapping on the subject you're photographing before taking the picture will provide you with the sharpest focus. Don't believe us? Take the same photo with and without tapping to focus and see the difference it makes.

Backing up Your Photos

After you've taken the time and effort to take good pictures, you don't want to lose them all! As much as technology can be a blessing, it's also fickle. Utilize services like iCloud, Dropbox, and/or Google Photos to ensure that you don't lose your precious pics.

Now that we’'ve shared our tips for shooting better iPhone photos, hopefully you feel energized to take your iPhoneography to the next level. We can’t wait to see what you create!