How to Take Amazing iPhone Photos

take amazing iphone photos

I’m a no-frills, low tech kinda gal. Too many camera buttons can put me into a tail spin, and something extra to carry will inevitably be left behind. So, my camera of choice is something that I always have on hand…. My iPhone!

Now, to give you some background, point and shoot is my style. I like to keep things super simple. After playing around with the iPhone camera, I elected to splurge and pick up the Camera+ app for a whoopin’ 99 cents! (I know what your thinking- big spender in the house!) But really, this app has made my life easy!!

Here are a couple of tips I have learned along the way for product shots

1. No Flash Photography! Try to take pictures outdoors in natural lighting. If this is not possible due to crazy weather, capture your photo near a window.

zipper flower with simple background

2. Declutter your background. This will help keep the focus on the product. Sometimes just a simple background works best. Try a piece of white posterboard (this is magic!) or a plain wooden background like shown with this zipper flower.

childrens art gallery

3. Keep it real. You do not need crazy or elaborate backdrops, just use the product’s natural setting. If your product is a framed photo, show it hanging on the wall.

4. Focus, Focus, Focus. Only use in-focus pictures. It is better to wait for the perfect shot than use a blurry photo.

heart pincushion

The blanket stitching detail is a nice feature to highlight.

5. Devil is in the details. Be sure to capture those special details of your item. Whether it is texture, stitching or color… make sure to capture it.

before and after photo editing

With a few editing clicks this yarn photo went from lackluster color and distracting background to cropped, crisp and alive with color.

6. Editing! This is key. Photography doesn’t end at the point and click. Sometimes you need to finesse the image. This is when Camera+ shines for me. I do everything on the phone from cropping to color corrections- it is all simple.


7. Get experimental. Find your style, let your personality shine through and above all – have fun! This can only happen if you take lots and lots of pictures, so get out there and start snapping!

All photos were taken by me on my iPhone with the Camera+ app.

Some of my favorite editing features are:




~Depth of Field

Would love to hear your tips!

heather valentineAbout Heather Valentine: I am the creative juice behind The Sewing Loft. My mission is to inspire others to think outside of the box with projects that keep the 3 R’s in mind: Reduce, Reclaim & Recraft! Come join me for easy “how to’s” and craft inspiration at:

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7 Responses to “How to Take Amazing iPhone Photos”

  1. Kristin says:

    I am so scared of photography, so this is great info. I have an ok point and shoot, especially if I can get outside but my husband often takes it for work, which leaves me with my iPhone. I will look into the camera app. Thanks!

  2. I have a “fancy” camera, but it is amazing how with a little editing, I can get equally great photos from a point-and-shoot!
    Love that you’ve shared these tips!!

  3. Thanks for the awesome tips, Heather!

  4. peggy says:

    Perfect timing! Getting ready to take some pics and needed some tips:) Thanks! Also shared w/ a friend who has been having trouble w/ her pics!

  5. Christine says:

    These are all very good tips!! PLUS I had no idea one could take such nice photos with the iPhone!!

  6. Felicity says:

    Good post. I love taking photos with my iPhone. And it’s been a real save since my SLR crudded out. I just did a recommended list a few weeks ago on some of my favorite iPhone camera apps

  7. Heather, you are speaking MY language: point-and-shoot, easy editing… I love the image examples (and your explanations of each) above. Thanks for these helpful tips!


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