Taking Better Photos with the iPhone 11 Camera

Last time on the blog we talked up some of the basics of better photography, the tried and true tips that have served photographers for decades. This time let’s look towards the cutting edge, the now and talk about the new iPhone 11 camera and what Apple has cooked up with their newest device!

What’s New with the iPhone 11

Whether you watched the Apple Keynote or have spent any time on social media in the past couple weeks, you’ve seen it, the sleek new phone with three(three!?!) lenses. They’re here, the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max.

iPhone 11 Different Models, Different Cameras

While their constructions differs a bit, some the Pro and Pro Max are water resistant for up to 4 meters over the iPhone 11’s 2m for instance, the things we are all interested in is the camera! The image dominating the airwaves right now of the three lenses is of the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max, and that’s where the big difference is.

The standard iPhone 11 has dual 12MP cameras, one Wide and the other Ultra Wide. It has Portrait and Night modes, features Auto Adjustments and next-gen Smart HDR, as well as the ability to record 4k video up to 60 fps! It’s really a heckuva set up for a phone, and yet it isn’t the highest

The Pro and Pro Max meanwhile have all of that, the 4k video capabilities, auto adjustments and portrait and night modes, and a third lens: the 12MP Telephoto lens.

What’s a Telephoto Lens for?

Good question! While we aren’t the biggest camera heads here at Tapshare, (we like when they work and the pictures look good!) we did some digging to better understand what this third lens on the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max is good for.

Without all the jargon (do you know what focal length is?) a telephoto lens is specifically for taking photos at a moderate to far distances. So wilderness landscapes? Check! Sporting events? Check!

Tips to Get the Most Out of Your iPhone 11 Camera

With the new lenses and tech in iOS 13 there are a load of great tools to make your photos even snazzier (especially if you keep to the best practices we talked about last time)! Here are some tips to get even more out of your new iPhone 11 camera!

Go Ultra Wide, use the Telephoto Lens or Any Zoom In-Between

The iPhone 11 Pro camera has zoom levels ranging from .5X to 2X!  Tap the 0.5X zoom setting to switch to the ultra wide camera or select 2X to activate the crisp telephoto lens. The detail you’ll see is astonishing. Simply swipe on the zoom level button and dial to get the exact right level of zoom for you get the most out of those 3 lenses! (We think, that’s how this works right?)

Slofie – The Future of Selfies?

Here’s a weird new trick Apple rolled out. Take your phone, switch to the front facing camera and use the Slo-mo option to take a slow-mo video, and so, we have entered the age of the ‘Slofie.’

Night Mode

One of the newest updates to the camera and its editing capabilities is the night mode! There’s no button for it in the UI so this is a tip your camera will take care of for you! Whenever you are attempting to take a shot in a low-light setting, the iPhone 11 Pro will automatically trigger this setting. 

Note: While night mode triggers automatically, it won’t work with the ultra wide setting!

night mode helps night photography

Use Your Aspect Ratio!

The new iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro have a new aspect ratio to play around with! In addition to the standard 4:3 and 1:1 (rectangle and square respectively) ratios, there’s a further 16:9 ratio. This will change the overall shape of the photo you take, which can help you leverage the rule of thirds we talked about last time even better.

You have the basics of great phone photography, and now you have an incredible tool with that iPhone 11 camera and iOS 13. Now get out there, take better pictures than ever before and share them with your friends and family! When you want to ensure your privacy and have peace of mind in where your photos are being shared – use Tapshare to safely store and organize your favorite moments.

How Tapshare Helps

Tapshare is the Private Social Network! Use it to free up space in your new iPhone and also ensure you have the most secure access to your photos and videos stored in the vault. You control specifically who sees which memories. Viewers can’t share or download them without your permission. Its free to use, safe and secure. It’s a dream come true! Download on the App Store or Google Play store and see what all the talk is about!

Photo Basics – How to Take Better Pictures!

Welcome back to another entry here on the Tapshare blog! We talk a lot about the wonders of privacy and security in our platform, the total control over who you share your photos with, and it’s important! But you know what else is important? Taking great photos! After all, if your photos aren’t any good, they won’t be worth sharing! Think your photo game could use some help? Well then look on dear reader! This blog is all about the basics of photography, helping you learn how to take better pictures!

How to Take Better Pictures – Learn The Basics

Point and click, that’s the most basic right? Well, yes, but you already know there’s more to getting a good shot than just pointing your phone’s camera at something. Here are the not-so-basic tips and tricks to get the best photos.

Natural Light is Right

Lighting is without a doubt one of the most important pieces in a great photo.We’ve all seen photos when the flash goes off, surprising your subject and also washing out the color you were hoping to capture, or if you’re at a distance it won’t do much good. That’s why using natural light whenever you can will give you the best results!

To leverage light, position your dog, kids, or cat (who are we kidding, they won’t sit still for a photoshoot!) in such a way as to illuminate them from the front. If the light behind them is too bright, it can create a dark silhouette over their face/features. 

If you’re taking pictures at night, you can use artificial light no problem. Make sure your subjects are close to the light and of course, that the light is in front of them. A flash can also help, but there’s no guarantee it will give you the best results. If you have the time, take a photo with and without the flash and compare. 

Focus on Settings

Specifically your focus settings! With the iPhone, photographers have a few options to play around with when it comes to getting their focus just right. The cameras built in to our phones are incredibly powerful and their autofocusing does wonders. They still make mistakes sometimes! To be sure your photo is focusing on the exact thing you like, tap your subject on your screen! This simple touch tells your camera what your real focus is!

iPhones also have the ability to auto focus on faces in the photos which can make all of this even easier!  Of course, if it recognizes a ‘face’ where there isn’t (say, on a graphic tee or painting in the background) you might end up with blurry features on your real focus. Take a look at your iPhone and verify where the little yellow box is – that tells you where the focus is!

Remember the Rule of Thirds

The Grid of an iPhone X

Photographers know this old trick, and it still applies to taking photos on your iPhone!

The rule of thirds, to put it briefly, says that any visual design, photo, painting, etc, should be imagined as a 3×3 grid. Now, with that grid imagined, you should try your best to put the most interesting parts of the image (faces, a horizon, etc) at these intersections of these. 

It’s a simple way to make something look… right. Doing this will give your image a more pleasant look, even if people can’t explain why!

Imagination not your strong suit? Well luckily for you, iOS has you covered! Head to Settings → Camera and toggle On ‘Grid.’ This will overlay your photo with the 3×3 grid to structure your photo perfectly!

Picture didn’t come out just the way you wanted it? Well with the iPhone Photos app there are a whole world of editing options you can play around with, and you don’t need a computer, fancy programs, and a bunch of know how. Fidget with the sliders, the lightning, different filters, and you can get your picture just the way you like before sharing! 

Hopefully this will help you figure out how to take better pictures to share with your friends and family!

These are just three tips to take better photos. There’s a whole world of photography knowledge out there, far more than we can tackle in a single blog, but we’ll certainly come back to it and give you the tips necessary to take the best photos yet. 

How tapshare can help

When it comes to sharing them, maintain your privacy and keep your photos securely using Tapshare, the Private Social Network! Tapshare acts as your digital vault for photos and videos. Upload them from your phone, freeing up space in the process, and decide who can access them. Your chosen friends and family will get notified of the new shot. Use the robust categories options to display your photos of hobbies and interests with the people who will enjoy it the most.

For now, practice your photos and sign up with tapshare or download on the App store/Google Play stores. We’ll see you here next time on the blog!

Social Media Safety: Are You Posting Photos of Your Kids?

Everyone loves social media, it’s an easy way to stay in contact with people you don’t see or talk to often, but do you often wonder how safe it is to post photos of your kids? We know that Facebook and Instagram are two of the most popular platforms for photo sharing, but now it’s time to consider just how much privacy you have while posting your family photos. Social media safety has become a hot topic in recent years among many people, but especially families.

We know how easy it is to take photos at family events, friends birthday parties, and other gatherings and then quickly upload them to social media for all family and friends to see, but just how safe is it? It’s time to evaluate the safety of these social media apps compared to photo sharing apps that are created with safety and privacy in mind for families. 

Over the past few years, social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram have had slip-ups and data breaches. This means that social media platforms may not be as safe as we thought for children and family photos. Whether it be selling data or hackins for collecting data you want to be as cautious as possible.

Think of your child’s privacy on social media, when posting content on public pages for any of your followers to see this means that your children don’t have a say in their own privacy. While posting photos of your children is a great way to allow family and friends that live in different states or on different continents see your children it should be done on a safe and family friendly app. At Tapshare we understand the importance of documenting your child’s life, especially how easy it is digitally, but we want to be sure you are documenting in safe environments.


Media accounts have been created throughout time whether it be a scrapbook, a grandparent’s old photos of traveling around, or even a diary of a historical figure. However, today media accounts are digitally accessed and much more accessible to the entire world than ever before. Tapshare was created by three fathers, all who saw a reason for Tapshare to be created. The safety and privacy of social media platforms was not to their standard. These fathers wanted to keep their children’s photos and their family photos private and strictly accessible to those they invited.

Family photo albums that are privately shared on Tapshare only become visible and available when you choose who to share the photos with. But social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram hold albums and photos that are free for anyone to see that has access to your account profile. The concern with social media safety is not the parents posting the content, but more so what can be done with that content in the future from larger social media corporations. 

Tapshare strives to fill the gap between other social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. Tapshare strives to give you privacy and security for you and your family. We have created a platform that allows you to share photos and create private albums that can only be accessed by those you give permission to – such as grandparents and partners. However, Tapshare isn’t just a secure social media platform, but also an online photo storage site. We give you the ability to know that your photos and videos are secure.

Tapshare allows you to feel safe and secure in your photo sharing and storage. Any photos or videos that are posted on the Tapshare platform stay strictly yours and will never be used in any data collection or sharing. Sign up for Tapshare today knowing that your family photos will secure and only viewable to those you give permission.