New to photography (journalism student)

Nov 15, 2019
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Hello all,
I am a Journalism student using iPhone XR for photo/ video projects.
Any tips for getting the best shots?
1. It seems I am doing a lot of indoor work under less flattering lights and some of my pics of people and meetings look a bit Walking Dead-ish.
2. In general, should I play it up straight or go for artsy angles?

I can't really afford a new camera, but got this new iPhone for my b-day (thanks, Mom and Dad! Yes, I know how lucky I am!). I'll be using it for the forseeable future so I'd like to know how to get the best use out of it.
Thanks!
 

rlawton

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Hey @MJokeefe – without seeing your shots, my tip would be to look for the light in a scene and see how it makes your subject look. If you don't like it, get them to move to where the light is different, or turn them so that the light hits them in a different way. If you can do that, it doesn't matter what camera you're shooting with ;)
 
Nov 19, 2019
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With an iPhone it's all about the light! (Once you have an interesing composition in mind that tells the story.)

Best tip I can give you for indoor shots is.... take people outside lol!

But seriously - as mentioned above - look for the light and use what there is intelligently.
 
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Dec 17, 2019
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One more thing to do is make sure the lens is clean. Most people put their phone in a pocket and when using it as a phone, their fingers are all over it.
 
Dec 20, 2019
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Hey @MJokeefe. The best advice I can give is just take multiple shots of everything. Play with the settings on your device. Try different lighting settings and even use a white sheet between your subject and a light source. The sheet will act as a diffuser.
 
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Journalism is all about timing and being there! Not sure a mobile phone is ideal but if prospective employers/purchasers are happy with your copy and image quality then I do not see why not? I guess what you are able to use effectively and can quickly get those images to whoever will buy them is ideal.
I would guess unless you are freelance when you leave college you would be supplied with photographic gear to use by the employer? Probably best to learn on similar to what is supplied/used. Should be easy to see what other journalist-photographers use?
Meanwhile an Iphone will serve you very well and I am seeing some great results from them.
 

SHaines

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The advice received so far just about covers my experience too. The tech in the phone does do a lot of the heavy lifting, but it's tough to replace the value of a heavily customized camera setup with varying lenses for different situations.

For multipurpose photography, phones have really changed the world in a drastic way.
 

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