How Do I Take and Edit My iPhone Photos?

by - Monday, August 20, 2018

As you all may know, I take my blog photos exclusively with my iPhone. The good thing is that you don't need a fancy camera to make good photos, and here's how I take and edit photos with my iPhone.

Get up close, but not too close
This is the method I use the most, whether it's for flower photos or what have you. In order to get those beautiful details, you need to get up close to the subject, but don't get too close where the picture starts to blur out. The iPhone has an auto-focus feature which comes in handy for this too.

Keep the HDR photos, delete the originals
If I'm photographing something in sunlight, most of the time the photo will be in HDR mode. HDR stands for "High Definition Resolution" and I usually keep those because HDR photos show more details than an original photo would.

No flash
I don't use the flash feature on my iPhone anymore because the flash usually detracts from the texture and color of the product I'm photographing and it doesn't look good when you're editing.

Natural light is your best friend 
Natural lighting will always be your best friend in photography. This is because natural lighting gives the best results, and you can play around with different angles to see which angle gives you the best photo.

Some photos I take look good enough to not edit, but mostly, I do edit my photos because there are some aspects that are too dark, too light, or need to be healed.

The apps I predominantly use to edit are VSCO and Google Snapseed, both of which are free. For VSCO, I tend to use different filters, but I primarily use either A6 and A8 from the Analog collection or HB2 from the Hypebeast collection. If you're like me and love experimenting with different filters, I recommend getting the VSCO X membership, which is only $20 per year.

Some other editing aspects from VSCO cam I use are changing the exposure if the photo is a tad too dark, changing the contrast a little bit, and changing the white balance as well.

Google Snapseed is where it gets more technical. I primarily use the Portrait or Pop Looks, and occasionally I will use the Bright Look if the photo looks way too dark. The Tools I use on Snapseed are mostly the Healing app, which eliminates anything you don't want in the photo like stains or signs. Sometimes I will tweak the White Balance Brighten setting a bit too.

I just recently bought myself a cheap little ringlight, and it's been great because I can now take photos where it is very dark or close to getting dark. Although it's not as good as expensive studio lighting, it will do in a pinch.

I usually don't like using props, but when I do, it's because the image feels kind of empty without a prop. Some props I like to use are fake flowers (paper or cloth), jewelry, makeup bags, and old shopping bags.

Finding the right backdrop can be a pain, especially since I want to do something different than your usual marble and white fur backgrounds. I usually use my bedspread or a white piece of tissue paper for my backdrops, but I'm also thinking about incorporating clothing items into my backdrops as well.

Taking photos on your phone is quite simple, and with phone cameras getting better every year, you don't need a fancy DSLR or SLR camera for photography anymore (except for photoshoots). With a few apps and a few additional tools, your phone camera can be just as good as a regular camera.

How do you take and edit your photos?

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