You might be surprised to find that some of the best photos ever taken are actually the best iPhone photos—all taken with iPhone cameras, edited on iPhones, and displayed in gorgeous resolution for everyone to see.
We’ve made a list of some of the best iPhone photos ever taken, and given you a bit of insight into just why these pictures are so stupendous right from the start.
If you’d like to see a graphical breakdown of the best iPhone photos we got you covered:
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1. Flower Close-Up
Nothing signifies nature quite like a simple, delicate flower.
The close-up of the pollen on the inside of the flower is perfectly accentuated thanks to the iPhone’s camera, while giving glorious blends of natural color to the flower’s petals on either side.
The next time you have the option, pick up a flower and focus on it to try and get the same level of clarity as this photo. It’s a testament to the power that an iPhone camera has.
2. Los Angeles in Color
It’s difficult to notice the beauty in cities when you’re focusing on the smog and the crowded sidewalks.
Everything is always moving around us, but this photo shows that when you take a snapshot out of time, there’s beauty in the way we all come together.
Look closely at the definition on the windows on the building to the left, and the colors in the oxidation of the metal railing ahead of you.
Just for a second, look at the massive color variations all cohabitating in one space.
3. Night Night
It’s a city under construction, but it’s a glorious one.
New York always has something going on, just like Los Angeles, but when you flip the colors off and look at everything in black and white, you can take in the monumental size of everything around you.
Notice the balance in the way the lights shine off the window to the left, and how they don’t glare at all despite being some of the only light sources in this photo.
It just goes to show how detailed an iPhone camera can really be.
4. Gemini House
This simple photo is here to show you that even when the lighting is off, and it’s nighttime, and the coloration isn’t right, that you can still get a crazy awesome photo.
Look at the light from his phone and how it should be glaring the lens, but it doesn’t, because the iPhone balances out the white in the light and evens everything out.
5. Islay Hill
Nature is gorgeous, but it’s hard to take it in when you don’t have the time to just bask in it.
This photograph of Islay Hill is like a moment stuck out of time that just lets you focus on what’s good in life, and pushes away the rest.
If you pay attention to the shading in the hills, you’re going to see a lot of little bits of definition here and there from the trees and the way the earth curves.
If you zoom in on this photo, you get a perfect little view of the house on the end of the country road as well.
6. Futarasan Shrine in Japan
Japan is a place of absolutely stunning beauty, especially when you stop and take the time to look around at everything they’ve built, and the landscape they offer.
The Futarasan Shrine is one of the most gorgeous places you’ll ever set foot in, and this photo tells it all.
Look at the shading on the banisters, the way the trees in the background are so intensely defined.
7. At the Crossing
This just goes to show how beautiful a simple moment in the day can really be.
It’s nothing extravagant—just a girl in the crosswalk with the focus on her, and some blurring in the background.
All with the standard, stock camera app on an iPhone. Imagine what you could do with a better lens.
8. The Tall Horse
Once again using a focus on the subject, you get a blurred background and a ton of definition on the motorcycle in this photograph.
Look at the definition on the shadow alone and how it goes against the cobble, or even the spokes of the wheels and how clean they look.
This is an example of what you can do with a few filters and some artistic vision.
9. Good Boy
Who doesn’t love a good doggy?
When you flip an iPhone’s camera into black and white, you get to see just what it can do.
No filters, no intense color imbalances or amateur effects that could ruin an otherwise glorious photo.
From the blades of grass to the clouds in the sky, and the long fur on this fearsome four-legged friend, you’re able to see just how powerful an iPhone camera really is.
Stone, water and clouds really give you a good basis for seeing what an iPhones camera can do, but a big focus here is on the soft lighting by the street lanterns.
Lighting can really mess with the white balance in a normal smartphone camera, but we’re not talking about normal cameras, are we?
iPhones take care of all that mess to provide high0-resolution photos like this with no unnecessary blurring from the light.
11. The Petronas Towers
In Kuala Lumpur, these two glorious towers sit nearly 1,500 feet over the city, and light up the night with two fantastic displays at the height of the buildings.
To the naked eye, these might be overlooked after a first glance, but you can really see the amazing architectural work that’s gone into this tower, the bridge, and how the iPhone captures every little essence of it.
12. Krakow, Poland
This gorgeous place doesn’t need a witty title; it has enough beauty to catch your eye all on its own.
The photographer here used the scurrying of birds to really capture the city and keep something interesting in every part of the shot.
From the stonework on the towers to the windows and archways on the bottom left, you can see every little bit of the city here.
iPhones allow you to capture the little moments like these.
The clouds of Dubai overhead, the rich colors of the sand below, and the talons of a fearsome hunter on the glove of its master.
From the feathers to the brazen look in his eyes, everything here screams out at once in this photo thanks to the color balancing and intricate detail of the iPhone camera.
Look closely: you can even see the stitching in the glove.
14. Lights and Lights
I chose this one specifically because of how playful the lights look.
A ton of light can really throw off the balances in your camera, so this goes to show how much power is in an iPhone.
From the softer lighting of the street lamps in the background to the inside of the shop, you get a little slice of life at every turn.
15. Singapore Ceiling
Black and white photos just speak to us differently.
They give us the ability to slow down and look at everything in this photo equally.
Just look at the wiring on the ceiling, the stains on the concrete, and the hustle and bustle of people enjoying their lives at the tables below.
These are the kind of shots that every photographer wishes to take.
16. Closing Time
From the colors in the reflection to the left, to the way the light travels in from the right and casts its shadows, you get a little bit of everything here.
It’s the perfect way to close out this list.
Focus, and you’ll be able to see the netting on the wires of the tunnel fence, the splits and shards of light on the ground at the base of the picture, and the contrast of colors as the mirrored image on the left.
This is what an iPhone camera can do: it can capture every shred of beauty around us that we didn’t know we had.
What Will You do Next?
It’s up to you to make the next piece of fantastic iPhone art through your camera.
Use social media hashtags like #iphonephotography to get your work noticed, and share the power of iPhone photos with the world.