Although nothing could replace the quality and feel of a high-quality digital SLR camera… there are some moments in life where your iPhone will have to do the trick. Instagram is centred around iPhone image and more and more of our social media lives are becoming ‘in the moment.’ Knowing how to take better photos with your iPhone is a skill all bloggers and small business owners should learn!
Today, I wanted to provide a few easy tricks you can use to take better photos with your iPhone and start updating the look of your blog and social media photos.
1. Look for Simple Backgrounds
There’s no doubt about it – photos with simpler backgrounds and a clean, crisp look receive more attention on Pinterest and Instagram by far! In addition, you can’t go wrong with simple – it will say professional every time. What do you have around your home and office that could be used as a background for photos? Look for texture: wood floors, marble tile, a white or light grey wall, even a fur rug – neutral colours work best unless you can match one of your brand colours in a background!
2. (Better Yet, Create Your Own)
If you don’t live in a light-filled home finished with granite and high-end marble finishings (that’s okay, me neither!) you can fake it. Hop on down to your local home hardware store and pick up some sample marble tiles. I picked up two gorgeous white marble tiles (that have me dreaming of our future home one day!) for $5 each. You can also pick up carpet tiles, samples of hardwood floors, etc.
3. Place Your Subject Near Window Light
Once you have chosen your background, set the object you wish to photograph near window light. If your background is mobile (my marble tile, for example) you have a bit more flexibility. I chose to place my marble title outside on our patio, in open shade. (Open shade is a spot where no sunlight is directly falling on your subject – but it’s not a dark, back corner. Is light near?)
4. Line It Up
Before you open your camera app on the iPhone to take a photo, is your grid on? You can turn on a handy 3×3 grid in your settings. Go to Settings > Photos & Camera > and underneath Camera, you’ll see Grid. Slide the slider so it’s green. The grid will help you line up your subject perfectly – and if crooked is your goal the grid isn’t distracting at all, so you might as well turn it on!
5. Lock Your Focus
With the camera app open, you can select the object you wish to focus on. If you tap it, you’ll see something come up that says AE/AF lock – this means Auto Exposure and Auto Focus lock. Regardless of where you move the camera, your focus will stay where you first set it! Perfect for “off-setting” images.
6. Editing Makes Perfect
Once you’ve captured a variety of images (always best to have options!) it’s time to edit. My favourite editing app is VSCOCam. Import your photos and browse the presets. I prefer to use one preset almost exclusively – to give my photos a consistent feel. I start with “C1 – Vibrant” and make adjustments from there, which you can follow along below.
Another feature I love about VSCO that I recently discovered: copy and paste! I used to spend all this time editing the perfect photo but change my mind about which image I wanted to use. Follow the steps below to copy and paste your formula. Yay!
Compare your unedited and edited iPhone photos to see ‘how far they’ve come!’ Love the little touch of texture in the marble background. So pretty! Once your phone is edited, export from VSCO (in original resolution) and post away to Instagram or your blog.