Monday, 5 January 2015

Tricks and tips for iPhone Photography



Considering I used  to sell cameras for a living I don't actually use a camera for my blog photos! I think camera phones have come a long way and can actually do an alright job. It's often a lot quicker and easier to just have everything you need on your phone too. 

 My boyfriend actually  bought an actual camera to use for blogging for Christmas and I'm looking forward to having a play around with it. 

But up until now I've used my trusty iPhone to take my pictures and I don't think they are too bad. 

I figured a lot of you would be in the same position so I wanted to share a few tips and tricks I use to get my pictures looking as good as I can. I'm by no means an expert and I don't think my pictures are perfect but these are just a few things I do when taking pictures for my blog.



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When taking a picture touch the screen where you need to focus and it will keep it looking sharp and focus on what you're aiming for rather than anything behind it. Playing around with touching areas on the screen and focusing of different places can also help correct the lighting.

It's hard at this time of year but try to take pictures in natural light. The flash often changes the colour of everything far too much and can be really over powering. I find the windowsill is the best place and it has enough room for small products. I sometimes pop some white card behind the product if I want everything to look crisp and bright. 

I like to try and add props in my pictures. It brightens up the picture a bit and it all looks a bit more interesting. I grab what I can see lying about, a hair clip, ribbon, flowers or brushes usually. It's great if I can make the prop slightly related to product I'm reviewing too.



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It's a good idea to play around with taking the picture from different angles. It can help get rid of any reflections. Palettes with mirrors or shiny packaging can be a right pain to photograph! It can really make a picture look at lot more professional and  makes yours stand out from other reviews that might just take the picture straight on.

Get a good close picture of the product. The zoom on phones often decreases he quality. It's best to take the picture normally and then crop in on it later.

My favourite tip is to use your headphone buttons. The official iPhone headphones have little + and - buttons on the wire. You can use the middle button that's in between them to take a picture which makes things a lot easier if you want to prop the phone up to keep it steady. It's handy to not have to hold the phone and press the button on screen which can be fiddly at times. This is great for taking selfies too!

It's easy to upload pics straight to Instagram and Twitter if they're on the phone already and all I really do to them is lighten them or as long as I'm not showing the shade of a product I might add a filter.


I hope you found this helpful. I look forward to having a play around with my new camera and seeing what great things I can do with it, but til then, I think my phone is great!



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16 comments:

  1. This was amazing! really helped was even testing it while reading you blog! ha ha, I do have a camera quite a expensive one, but sometimes I don't always have my battery's charged and I do love taking photo's on my iphone! ps would you like too swap blog button's? xxx

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    1. I'm glad I could help! Yes sure, I'll be in touch!

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  2. Great tips. I try and use my camera, but sometimes the phone is just more convenient, but I'm not great at taking them, definitely need to focus on my photo skills this year. KBxx
    www.beautybykaris.com

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    1. I do too! I should really learn what my new camera can do!

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  3. Thanks for all the tips! I use both a camera and my iPhone, but I do prefer my camera at the moment as I have access to changing the aperture and shutter speed.

    Francesca xo // EffStar Beauty

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    1. I really need to learn about all the technical bits and pieces on my camera!

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  4. You have some really good tips! I use my camera for most of my blog photos but I know what you mean having them on your phone ready to go onto social media is much more handy!

    Lots of Love,

    What Abby Loves xx

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    1. it's definitely handy for posting straight to instagram!

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    1. you're welcome! Thanks for your comment!

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  6. Thank you for sharing your tips,lovely post ♥

    fashionwithvalentina.blogspot.com

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    1. You're welcome. Than you for reading!

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  7. This is such a great post! I really struggled taking pictures on my phone so started using my sisters camera to blog with instead.. but I'm slowly realising that it's actually my photography skills that are the problem and not the actual camera!

    Bethan | Thought from Beth x

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    1. haha! Well I hope these tips helped. I think natural light makes all the difference. When the weather gets brighter it should help a lot!

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  8. Thanks for these great tips. I'm interested to understand a bit more about the ''headphone'' buttons - you you mean the ''+'' & ''-'' ones on an iPhone? Would be great to understand that a bit more :)

    Rebecca xxx
    www.queenbeady.com

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    1. It's the middle button on the wire of the head phones. It really helps makes things a bit less fiddly!

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