Hey Guys !
Today’s post is one that I’m constantly getting asked questions on and that’s how I take my photos. Everybody nowadays wants that perfect Instagram feed - influencers especially. Photography in general can be really overwhelming and even more so when DSLRs are involved. I’m here to tell you that you don’t need a massive camera and a whole lighting set up to take bomb pictures. All you really need is your iPhone, some general knowledge of composition, and some editing apps.
It can be really annoying when you ask someone (a friend or a stranger) to take a photo of you and when you get it back you’re like “what the hell?” It’s off center, it’s blurry, it’s over exposed… the list goes on. And if you’re that friend that always ends up taking crummy pictures then this post is for you. I’m here to walk you through some super basic tips to completely transform your iPhone photography skills.
I got the idea for this post from Sivan Ayla - an LA blogger that i’ve become obsessed with lately and if you want to go check out her pointers on how to take iPhone photos, click here to read her post and drool over her website.
While it’s nice to have a fancy camera that can work with depth of field and ISO, the best camera you could ever have is the one that’s always with you and that’s your phone. Phones nowadays have such advanced cameras! Here are a few techniques to keep in mind when taking photos.
Know Your Light Source
I can’t tell you how many pictures i’ve seen where the light source is behind the subject. Whether it’s a sunset or a window and the subject comes out completely black. Make sure you’re in front of the light source. If you’re casting a shadow on your subject move around and get creative with the angle!
Natural Light is Best
Some of my favorite pictures Edwin and I have taken have been during the day with natural light. Our favorite pictures were actually from the first time I ever went to Laguna and we caught that Golden Hour Glow at sunset. When you’re on-the-go you don’t have time to lug out lighting equipment every five minutes you want to take a pictures. Learn where the natural light looks best and take advantage of it! I find natural light also helps keep your photos looking organic and genuine whereas a lighting set up can make them look stage and produced. If you want your photos to look effortless, stick with natural light.
Posing Is Key / Try New Angles
I still struggle so much with posing especially because i’m still really insecure about my figure on most days. I try to wear things that I feel confident in but sometimes it doesn’t matter what you wear - it’s how you feel. I can’t tell you how many times Edwin and I have given up on taking photos because I just didn’t feel like my best self in my skin let alone in front of the camera.
Learning how to shift your weight or how to tilt your head or move your hips will give you so much confidence in your photos! It can be super awkward at first (especially if you’ve never done it before) but with a little practice you’ll be busting out poses left and right and a cute photo will come eventually. I recommend standing in front of a mirror and moving around, trying different poses until you find something you’re confident with! Pretty soon posing for pictures will become second nature.
Editing your pictures is honestly half the battle of photography. Learning how to properly edit your pictures and curate a cohesive Instagram theme can seem daunting so I’m going to break down some of my faves.
if you use anything at all it should be Adobe Lightroom. The good news is that the mobile version is absolutely free if you have an adobe ID! So as long as you have an Adobe account (even if you haven’t purchased any of the Adobe Plans) you’re good to go. The only thing is you can’t edit RAW image files on there but if you’re just editing iPhone pics you should be fine.
I love using Lightroom to color correct your images. Lots of editing apps let you adjust contrast and temperature and exposure but there’s something about Lightroom that is a step above the rest. You can really get into the nitty-gritty and play around with tons of different tones and features with this app. I love it for removing yellow lighting or lightening/darkening my photos to prep them for filters.
I know what you’re thinking: “Seriously!? You FaceTune your pictures? You edit your body?! How could you?!” Hell yes I FaceTune my photos. Besides the whole editing your body aspect of FaceTune, it’s actually a super helpful app. I love removing blemishes or editing people out of the background of my photos, adding volume to my hair, etc. I really hate editing my body and I try to do it as little as possible but this app has given me the opportunity to edit and post pictures I would have otherwise never posted because of little flaws. Some people might still be strongly against body editing and that’s fine! I’m totally about embracing your natural flaws but sometimes I just need a little help.
If you don't know who Tezza is, she’s a pretty big blogger and she created her own photo editing app. When I say this thing has changed my life I’m not kidding. It costs 99 cents a month and it gives you access to all kinds of “blogger presets” and Instagram Story templates. Any female blogger or IG creator would be silly not to have this in their editing arsenal. Almost my entire feed is edited with this app! Lots of people also use VSCO cam which is great but I personally never got into it.
Unfold is another great app to create awesome IG stories. They’re great templates and they offer tons of different styles as well as free images via Unsplash (which I’ve used on my site before!). If you’re looking for great app to up your IG stories definitely check this one out.
Accessories / Take Your Own Photos
Sometimes you can’t have someone take your photos and you gotta take it upon yourself to snap some cute pics. Have no fear! Creating your own set up for taking your own photos is actually so inexpensive! Here’s what you’ll need:
Remote / Clicker
That’s it! The whole set up costs about $30! You can even find tripods with built-in ring lights on amazon! I recently purchased one to help add extra lighting to some of my photos, Instagram and YouTube videos! I purchased this one through Amazon! Honestly the tripod is really cheap so I took the ring light and iPhone mount and put it on my own tripod I already had and it works like a charm!
I hope you guys enjoyed this weeks blog post. I know I’ve been pretty absent on the blogging side of things and that’s mostly because I have so much going on between work, the wedding, and my custom denim jackets (which, ps., you can shop here or order a custom one here). Let me know if any of these tips helped you out!
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