iPhone Photography Tips for the Antelope Canyons

23 May 2016

Antelope Canyon in Page, Arizona, is by far one of the most photogenic places we visited in the American Southwest. Even if you're not a practiced photographer, it's not difficult to get a great picture here, but it can be a challenge to get the shot you want. So, peppered between some of our favorite photos from our trip, we'll share with you some photography tips we learned.

iPhone Photography Tips for the Antelope Canyons | The Brave Little Cheesehead

iPhone Photography Tips for the Antelope Canyons | The Brave Little Cheesehead

USE THE CHROME FILTER in iOS
These sandstone slot canyons offer some brilliant hues on their own, but if you're using an iPhone, they can get a little washed out due to the way the light pours in overhead. To improve the vibrancy of your photos and bring out the amber and peach shades in the canyon, open up your native camera app, and set the filter to Chrome. This will ever-so-slightly increase the saturation of the photo without making it too grainy. If you use a different camera app, you could probably achieve the same effect in post edit by boosting the vibrancy or ambiance, if you have a setting like that.

iPhone Photography Tips for the Antelope Canyons | The Brave Little Cheesehead

iPhone Photography Tips for the Antelope Canyons | The Brave Little Cheesehead

TURN ON HDR
Make sure you have your HDR setting turned on. HDR stands for "high dynamic range," and it essentially takes a series of photos with different exposures, then marries up the best in each range to give you a nice balance of shadows and highlights. Since you'll be in a canyon where the level of light varies with every turn you make, shooting in HDR can help ensure you get the most stability.

iPhone Photography Tips for the Antelope Canyons | The Brave Little Cheesehead

iPhone Photography Tips for the Antelope Canyons | The Brave Little Cheesehead

VARY THE ANGLE
Sometimes, if you catch the light in the right angle, the fiery orange shade of the canyons will shift to a deep plum. Play around with the angle at which you're taking your shot, and try to avoid always shooting straight on.

iPhone Photography Tips for the Antelope Canyons | The Brave Little Cheesehead

iPhone Photography Tips for the Antelope Canyons | The Brave Little Cheesehead

KICK UP SOME DUST
One of the most popular draws to the Antelope Canyons for photographers is to capture the well-known sunbeams, a surprising ray of sunlight that sneaks through the gaps in the canyon. To capture this effect, you have to kick up some dust to really bring the beam out. We had our guide hide behind a lip in the canyon and toss some dust at the sun shining through. To give yourself the best opportunity to catch it, hold the shutter button for a couple of seconds without letting go. This will set your iPhone in shutter mode to capture action shots by recording multiple photos within a short period of time. Then, pick the best shot from the pack.

iPhone Photography Tips for the Antelope Canyons | The Brave Little Cheesehead 
iPhone Photography Tips for the Antelope Canyons | The Brave Little Cheesehead

Have you been to Antelope Canyon? Share your iPhone photography tips in the comments below!

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