How to Take Amazing iPhone Photos in Your Home

How often do iPhone photos of your home get taken? Sometimes, we get so focused on finding new subjects and locations that we forget what is right in front of us. This article will give you 14 creative tips to create imaginative iPhone photos without ever leaving your home.

Although shooting at home can be difficult, you can create more composition and subject matter.

You can see the beauty in your surroundings with imagination and creativity. You’ll be amazed at the beauty of indoor objects captured through your iPhone’s lens. These tips will get you started.

Shoot from Unusual Angles

Taking a photo from an unusual angle is a great way to make a photograph of an everyday object in your home. This is a way to show the object from a new angle that the viewer may not have seen before.

This is the inside view of a light shade, taken from below. This photo is a view from the inside of a light shade. However, you would normally view it from the outside. It’s more stimulating and interesting for the viewer.

Simpler Scenes

You can create unwanted background distractions when shooting in tight spaces with your iPhone.

Once you have chosen the subject, simplify the scene to make your main subject stand out against a white background.

You might have to move your subject into a different location or another room. To eliminate distracting elements, you could place a piece of plain paper behind your subject.

Simple compositions will produce a powerful image that focuses the attention of the main subject.

Fill the Frame

A great way to eliminate background clutter is to fill the frame with your subject. This technique puts the focus on the subject and leaves nothing to distract.

The busy background of the kitchen was removed by filling the frame with one cabbage leaf. This allowed me to capture details and textures that I wouldn’t have been able to if the shot had been taken from farther away.

Make the most of natural light.

Windows are essential when you’re indoors photographing because they provide the only source of natural lighting to illuminate your subject. A great way to illuminate your subject is to place it near or in front of a window.

Semi-transparent or white semi-transparent blinds or curtains work well in dispersing strong sunlight. This is especially useful if you are shooting during the day. To diffuse the light, you can also hang a sheet of white paper or a piece of white paper above the window.

The light is diffused to create a softer, flattering light. It also helps eliminate shadows caused by strong directional lights.

Add Windows to Your Photos

Windows are great subjects because they can be used as natural light sources. The window may have a beautiful view from outside or be the focal point. You can make moody images of windows at night using only the street lights or moonlight outside.

Try including a portion or all of the frame from a window if you photograph a view through a window. This will give context to your scene and be used as a frame around your photo’s edge.

In the beginning, I was focusing on this pink blossom tree. Then I noticed the condensation on the windows and realized it would make a better photo.

Photographing through raindrops on windows can be a great way to capture beautiful images in bad weather.

Try Artificial Light

You can also use artificial lighting to illuminate your subjects. The most obvious source of artificial light is lamps. Lamps can be used to illuminate your subject without natural light. They also make fascinating subjects.

Consider the color cast of different bulbs when using lamps. This will impact the overall color of your images.

This lamp uses an ordinary incandescent bulb to produce a warm yellow/orange light. However, other bulbs can create different colors. While LED bulbs can emit a cold blueish light, fluorescent bulbs can produce an orange-yellow light.

You probably have other artificial lighting sources than lamps in your home, which you can use to illuminate your subject in new and interesting ways.

This image shows my nephew’s face lit by his iPad. You can use different electronic devices to illuminate your subject, such as an iPhone, computer, torch, or light from your fridge.

Candles add warmth and atmosphere to your photos and can be used to create a warm glow.

Backlight your Subjects

Backlighting refers to the location of the main light source behind your subject. You could use the light coming from a lamp or a window to backlight an object.

Creating silhouettes requires backlighting. Position your subject in front of the light source and tap on the screen to create silhouettes. Next, swipe down to reduce exposure so that your subject appears dark against the bright background.

This photo shows the light coming from the lamp through a corner of the room. The light reflected off white walls, creating a light source behind it. To create a strong silhouette of the lamp, I reduced the exposure.

Semi-transparent objects can also be photographed using backlighting. The object will be illuminated by the light behind it, revealing hidden details and making the colors pop. This leaf was photographed by me simply holding it against a window to let the sunshine through.

Photograph Shadows

You can find interesting shadows made from everyday household items around your house. A shadow can be easily created by placing your subject in front of a wall and shining light towards it.

To change the shadow’s position relative to your subject, experiment with the angle of the light. The distance between your subject and the light source, as well as the surface on which the shadow is created, can be altered to increase or decrease their intensity.

It is possible to include the object with its shadow in the photograph above. Or, you could try taking just the shadow in the photo below.

You should make sure that the shadow of your iPhone or you don’t appear in the photograph. To eliminate your shadow, you may have to try different angles.

Look for patterns

Be on the lookout for interesting patterns around your home. You can make unique abstract images by filling the frame with the design.

The intricate pattern on this glass bowl was something I wanted to photograph. After trying a variety of angles and not getting good results, I placed the bowl in front of the window and filled the frame only with this portion of the bowl. The light highlights the pattern and texture of glass through the glass and close-up composition.

Utilize Color

The color can have a significant visual impact on your images and can evoke strong emotions from the viewer. It is a great way to make the subject color the image’s focal point.

This is an image of an electric fireplace. The frame is filled with a metal mesh pattern and symmetrical orange bands. This creates a colorful abstract image that emits warmth.

It’s a great idea to take lots of photos of the same color for your iPhone. You could create a photo collage to display an entire collection of photos with the same color scheme.

Take Portrait Photos

Your home is ideal for taking portrait photos because you have ample time to experiment with lighting and composition. A window can illuminate the subject from the side, back or front. This will produce different results.

If there is no daylight, you can use lamps or candles to illuminate your subject. Photograph your pets or children while sleeping if you can’t get them to stay still.

Distracting backgrounds should be avoided. This can be done by moving your subject to another position, changing your camera angle, or getting closer to it.

Do not be afraid to get close to your subject, even if it means that you may not include their entire head in the frame. This is a great way to create portraits.

This picture is best if you get close enough to capture the details and texture of the cat’s fur.

Portraits don’t have to show the face of the subject. Photographing people can also be done with hands, feet, and jewelry.

Document a Project or Activity

The different stages of an activity or project can be photographed to create interesting images that tell a story. This could include any activity that requires multiple steps such as a DIY project or craft project, children playing games, baking a cake, and so on.

One great way to display a series like this is to create collages using an app like Diptic.

This collage of four photos illustrates the various stages of painting old picture frames. This collage captures the entire process from start to finish.

Capture Decay and Texture

I enjoy photographing objects with decay and age. These subjects will have interesting textures, which are great for bringing life to your photos and giving them a tactile feel.

This type of photography is great for old doors, cobwebs, rusty pipes, and peeling paint. The textures of these objects will stimulate your senses, especially when you capture close-up images to highlight the decay and texture.

Although I didn’t notice the insect on this porch’s windowsill, it was very noticeable. However, photographing the insect close-up with natural light from the window created a powerful image.

Be Creative

Creative thinking and experimentation are key to great iPhone photos. Recent experiments with using glass to shoot have produced some very interesting results.

This photo shows an orchid viewed through the top of green glass. The glass creates a unique frame around each edge of the photograph and draws your attention to the main flower in its middle.

You can be more creative in your photography by thinking outside of the box. Look around your home to find creative ideas and try different techniques until you find the right one.

Home iPhone Photography Challenge

These tips are sure to inspire you. Next time you’re at home and have nothing to do, set yourself the challenge to spend an hour taking photos.

To make the most of different light conditions, you can shoot at different times of the day or limit your challenges to certain themes like shadows, flowers, and kitchen items.

Have fun, experiment, and take lots of pictures.

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