The Ultimate Guide to Great iPhone X photography

iPhone X Photography

So, you got your new iPhone X. It’s sure to have some state-of-the-art features. But what is the iPhone X’s best feature? It’s going to be its camera! Your iPhone X’s photography is top-notch.

Using your iPhone X is a whole other way of taking photos from your DSLR camera. We want to make sure your pictures are picture perfect. Even on an iPhone X. Follow this guide to create stunning iPhone X photography.

Make “Portrait Mode” Your Best Friend

The iPhone X portrait mode is a wonder for iPhone X photography. You can capture more detailed photos using the dual lens and larger sensors. Your iPhone X photography will be sharper. Your subject is going to be in focus.

When you are setting up your shot on your iPhone X, you first want to choose the right setting:

  • Natural Light: Your subject will focus on the background will blur.
  • Studio Light: Much like a professional headshot. It has the effect that looks like you’re taking photos in a studio.
  • Contour Light: Bring to life shadows, highlights, and lowlights.
  • Stage Light: Your subject is bright and the background is to black.
  • Stage Light Mono: A black and white image with a stage light.

Of course, the setting you choose will depend on your subject. iPhone X photography is tricky. So, choose wisely. Don’t worry, though. You will have the chance to change the lighting mode after your image comes out.

rules of thirds

Rule of Thirds

Every photographer should be aware of the rule of thirds. Stick to the same rule with your iPhone X photography. If you are new to photography, though, we will explain. The rule of thirds is that the horizon sits at the horizontal line dividing the lower third of the photo. You will have your subject divided from the upper two-thirds.

Now, you can do this in many ways. It’s a general guideline to follow. The iPhone X is no exception. If you’re only going to get a better composition for your iPhone X photography, then it may be worth breaking.

Different Focal Lengths

You can give your iPhone X photography some pizazz by shooting from different distances. Most smartphone cameras make it impossible to change lenses as a camera would. You’re in luck, though. The iPhone X camera’s dual-lens, 12-megapixel camera, offers two focal lengths.

The f/1.4 wide-angle lens captures a landscape scene and the f/2.4 telephoto lens optically zooms in for a closer shot. This is the iPhone X’s best. It is much faster and brighter than its predecessor, the iPhone 8 and its f/2.8. Even better? iPhone X has advanced optical image stabilization (OIS). This gives much sharper and steadier images.

Bokeh Shots

The iPhone X has a faster lens to work with. Capture brighter photos and capture that background blur effect (bokeh) that photographers love. It’s easy with the wide angle lens’ wide aperture of f/1.4 and the telephoto lens’ wide aperture of f/2.4. You will get a narrow the depth of field in your images. Make your focus a subject that’s closer to you. Increase its distance from the background to get the best results for your iPhone X photography.

Slow Sync Flash

Since it usually is a no-no, we would not normally tell you to use your flash. You may get some white-out photos with a dark background using flash. With your iPhone X, you can use the Slow-Sync Flash. Illuminate your subject quickly. The camera gets triggered to take the photo at a slower shutter speed. This gives you more time for the light from the background to come in. You’ll then get a more evenly exposed image. This is perfect for shooting in dimly-lit indoor settings.

Split Second Pics

Capture up to 10 images per second using Burst Mode. This feature will practically make you forget your DSLR. You’ll likely get several clean and clear shots in action. You pick the best one!

Long Exposure

Technically, there isn’t a mode or button to press on your iPhone X to achieve a long exposure. To capture one, you’re going to need to use this trick:

  1. Open the camera app.
  2. Turn on Live photos (click the round icon next to the flash)
  3. Take a photo of something in motion.
  4. Preview in the photos app.
  5. Swipe up and reveal the Loop, Bounce, and Long Exposure effects.


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