The other day I was reading a blog post about taking better blog photos. I was intrigued because I’m always interested in any way I can improve my blog. The first “tip”? Buy $300 in lighting. I don’t know about you, but my blog budget doesn’t include room for purchases that large. So, I set out to figure out just how to take better blog photos with everyone’s favorite camera: their phone.
Almost every single picture you see on this blog is with my iPhone. I always have it with me, it’s my best resource to document everything.
Tips For Better Blog Photos with Your Phone
1. Lighting. It really is all about good lighting. Outside is a great place to take photos or where there are a large windows. The more natural light, the better.
2. Timing. I like taking pictures between 10-11am but sometimes that doesn’t really matter because I don’t have time. Whenever there is good lighting- natural light, I jump at the chance.
3. A white board. Yes, y’all. That is seriously the secret of so many bloggers. Buy a $2 white board for pictures you want to have a white background. Not everyone has a white desk.
4. Placement. Take a look at the picture you’re shooting, then readjust everything. If you want it symmetrical, use a book to make lines straight. Or fiddle with the objects until you like it. I usually take a good 15 pictures and move stuff around a few times before I’m satisfied.
5. Steady hands. Tap your screen to focus on something. Unlike a DSLR it’s not going to make the rest of the image appear blurred, but it will pull in focus to what you want to show.
6. Use an app. I’ve written posts about my photo editing process. My top picks are VSCOcam, Camera+, and Afterlight. I rarely use any of instagram’s tools, except for Lux (the button you see in the middle after clicking next on instagram.)
7. Don’t use the zoom. Get in as close as you can. Crop later.
9. Try using auto HDR. This features combines light and dark to create the right amount of exposure in a photo. This is especially useful if you’re outside.
10. Use the volume button. I hardly ever click on the phone’s camera button to take a picture. I find myself taking more steady photos using the side camera button on the iPhone.
Those are my tips on how to take better photos with your phone for your blog, or anything else! Do you have any tips?
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