Inspiring iPhone photographers give tips for getting the best urban shots

Aug 19 2019, 12:00 pm

Today, August 19, is World Photography Day.

But since everyday is basically a ‘pics or it didn’t happen’ kind of day, we asked some iPhone photographers from around the world to help us, help you with your urban ‘gram game.

After all, there’s a reason the iPhone is the most used camera in the world.

So from Singapore to San Francisco, here are some of their favourite urban/cityscape pics alongside a few tips that will have you capturing spectacular shots of your own local landscape in no time.

Talk about #inspo…

Tyler McKay


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Based in: Toronto

Followers: 31k


  • Find reflections in your surroundings, using reflections can create an entirely new dynamic to your images. Get creative and use puddles, building/car windows or any reflective surface. Turn/flip your phone so the camera lens is closest to the reflective surface – this will create the largest reflection.
  • Use the side buttons on iPhone to take a photo, this will give you a firm/safe grip on your phone while using it with one hand.
  • Shoot in different weather conditions. Whether it be rain, snow, sunset, or sunrise, shooting during these times will make your images really stand out.

Neal Kumar


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Based in: Boston

Followers: 92k


  • In the iPhone camera app manually adjust exposure by tapping the screen and sliding up or down.  This helps find the ideal brightness to best preserve the scene’s details and colours.
  • Weather conditions can have a dramatic effect on creating the mood of a city scene.  Monitor the forecasts and be open to going on spontaneous shoots when the conditions are just right.

Yais Yusman


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Based in: Singapore

Followers: 54k


  • If you’re planning to shoot a symmetrical shot, (go into camera settings) and turn on the gridlines while shooting.

Darren Soh


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Based in: Singapore

Followers: 15k


  • When photographing buildings, keep your phone level to the horizon so that the buildings remain straight in your photos.
  • When photographing movement, burst mode is really useful in capturing the perfect moment.

Khairul Amin


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Based in: Kuala Lumpur

Followers: 37k


  • Find the perfect lighting. Whether it’s daylight, sunset, or nighttime, try to find the light that works best for the shot you want to capture and make use of the Smart HDR feature to get the best photos.
  • Go out and explore. Step out of your comfort zone and look for unusual shots or subjects. You might surprise yourself.

Julie Gebhardt


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Based in: San Francisco

Followers: 50k


  • Hit the street with your feet! Exploring a city neighbourhood on foot, you are more like to come across an unexpected scene that is ideal for photographing. The iPhone’s portability and wonderful camera make it perfect for an urban photo walk.
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