Tip of the Day: Take Easy Silhouette Shots with Your iPhone Camera

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One of my favorite things about my iPhone is the way even a decidedly untalented photographer like me can easily take and share decent photos and videos using the built-in Camera, and I'm always on the lookout for iphoneography tips to help me improve my skills. Here's one on how to take easy silhouette shots with your iPhone, generously shared with me by iPhone Life magazine's newest editor Rheanne Schlee. This really easy trick can result in amazing photos:

Silhouette shots work best when the light is directly behind the subject. (Sunset or sunrise are both good times to capture silhouettes.) And the HDR setting on your iPhone camera should be turned off.

Set up your shot and then tap on the background so your camera will focus on the light in the background instead of the subject. This will cause the subject of the photo to darken into a silhouette.

All the photos in this tip were taken by Rheanne with an iPhone 5s.

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Sarah Kingsbury is the Senior Web Editor of iPhone Life magazine. Previously she wrote for savvyvegetarian.com and was the Associate Editor of the Iowa Source for many years.