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How to Use the iPhone Digital Camera Phone

Updated on August 9, 2010

The digital camera phone is making waves in the technological world. While digital cameras have been frequently used by professional and amateur photographers for some time now, the new iPhone digital camera phone has combined phone and camera functions to make snapping pictures of your day to day life more convenient than ever. Since the iPhone digital camera phone is small and compact, it is much more convenient than traditional cameras, which are larger and inconvenient to lug around. While the quality of pictures on your iPhone digital camera phone may not yet match those of full-size, dedicated digital cameras, you can still get some great shots by following these steps. 

1. Get the Right Lighting

For any photograph, you have to have the right lighting, and this is especially important with the iPhone digital camera phone since it does not have a flash option. If you do not have daylight for your shot, turn on lights indoors to help. You can download a night camera application for your iPhone that will help illuminate night shots even without a flash. Remember, do not take a picture of a subject standing directly in front of a strong light source, as your subject may appear silhouetted in your photo.

2. Get Close and Personal

While the iPhone does have a limited zoom feature, it is not as powerful as those of traditional cameras, and tends to make your pictures appear more pixellated. So, the best option is to get close to your subject to take the picture. Remember that photos from your digital camera phone will tend to be small since digital camera phones have low resolution, so if you take a picture of a person from far away, he or she will appear as only a small speck. Fill the viewfinder on your digital camera phone with your subject.

3. Save Editing for the Computer

While the iPhone does have cropping and other editing features, it is much better to save the pictures as they are and edit them later on your computer. Since computer editing software is more advanced than that on the iPhone digital camera phone, you are likely to end up with a higher quality photo if you wait to edit until you download your pictures onto your computer. Also do not delete photos that do not look good on the screen of your iPhone, since pictures often look very different uploaded to your computer, and they may turn out better than expected.

Image Credit: Jorge Quinteros, Flickr


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