Tuesday, 12 April 2016

How To Use Your iPhone To Take Blog Photos

(Source: Kaboompics)

For many newbie bloggers, it can be hard to produce high quality images without forking out for a high-quality DSLR camera. But I've got a solution.
I don't actually own a high-tech camera, and like so many other bloggers, it's just not financially possible for me right now. Instead, I used my beloved iPhone 6. 

I know, who thought an iPhone could take great photos? But it really can. You just have to know how to use it.

Here are some of my tips on how to get great quality images with your iPhone:

Use the Grid

The grid option in the iPhone camera settings is arguably the best photography tool on the whole device. It basically gives you a grid which consists of 2 horizontal lines and 2 vertical lines which divide your camera in to 3 equal parts. It's super handy when trying to take flat lays as you can play with the image and the negative space around the image. I know, so blogger-like of me, but who doesn't love a flat lay?



To activate the grid all you need to do is go to Settings > Photos and Camera > Turn Grid Slider On.

Set the Focus and Exposure 

Even the iPhone camera gives you access to change to focus and exposure of your images - amazing right? You don't have to fiddle with any manual settings like on a DSLR, you can do it all with the magic touch of your finger.




Simply tap on the screen and adjust your focus, whether you want to highlight a specific product within the image or highlight a backdrop, both are super easy. You can also lock the focus and exposure by holding gown until the AE/AF symbol appears on your screen. The iPhone also has a great HDR (High Dynamic Range) which allows you to shoot really crisp images too. 


Utilise Natural Light

This is a no-brainer for any sort of camera, but your blog photos are going to look 100% better if you use natural lighting. I recommend taking your photos near to a large window, allowing as much light in as possible. 

Another blogger tip is to ensure you use a light background, if you want your photo to look really high quality. You can buy an A3 piece of card for a simple back drop, and work with your perfect flat lay with a clean background. 


Edit Till Your Heart's Content 

The iPhone itself has some great in-camera editing settings, I just tend to up the brightness and exposure until I'm happy - and maybe play around with the contrast too. You should also read our apps you need if you're a blogger post - I spoke about some great editing apps that can give you some real high quality photos! 




My favourite editing app has definitely got to be VSCO Cam, it's also great for Instagram images too.

These are just a few tips to get you going, let me know if you have any other tips when it comes to utilising your iPhone.

I hope this helps a few of you!


Love Soph x | sophieannehamilton



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