Most of my photos are taken on an iPhone (cue a thousands of horrified gasps). Before everyone comments that a DSLR is the only option for a blogger, let me just say that my DLSR isn’t working right now so my iPhone camera is what I’m using for photography.
So my mom helps me out a lot when I ask her to take photos of me, but she’s not the best photographer out there (don’t tell her I said that… oh wait she reads my blog…crap). Here are some tips for the lone iphonographer.
Use a selfie stick
No I’m not kidding. Speaking as someone who’s arms are SUPER short a selfie stick is amazing. If you know your angles and you get the right light you really can take a great photo.
Find a good backdrop
A graffiti wall, brick wall even a plain white wall is good. I’m lucky enough to live in a house with a great brick wall, but when the weather is bad (and going out is a death sentence), my go-to wall is a plain beige wall in my room.
EDIT, EDIT, EDIT!
No super intricate photoshop edits, but bump up the lighting, rotate or straighten the photo, add a filter etc. Just little things that make the photo more attractive.
Get a tripod
Getting an iPhone tripod was seriously the best. This the standard one, this is a cool/flexible one and this one isn’t exactly a tripod, but it’s seriously a life saver. P.S. get a clip so you can mount it on any vertical surface.
For a flatlay:
Use a simple background
Again, a cool background is essential. When you can’t find one use a simple, plain one. The majority of the time I use the carpet in my room, I’ve also used my bed, my desk, my nightstand, and a plain white box. Tip: try a dry erase board.
Use a contrasting background
Okay so I’m not the biggest fan of this, but if done right it really works! It’s kinda like mixing patterns. I like to have a consistent color throughout the photo.
Place items strategically
This is when I have 12347 of the same photo on my phone. I’ll layout the objects in a way I like, take a picture then switch the objects up again. They don’t have to be straight all the time, I like the look of objects that look natural like they fell out of your bag or are just there (even though they were placed) Tip: Look at your photos BEFORE you put your things away-chances are you didn’t get the shot you wanted.
Objects grouped in odd numbers work well
One thing I learned in my media design class is that things that are unsymmetrical tend to please the eye more. That being said if I were taking a photo of my desk or something I would ensure that there are 1,3,5,7 etc. objects in the frame.
For any other shot:
Enable the grid
go to settings>general>camera & photos then scroll down till you see the ‘grid’ option- toggle the switch so that the button is green.
When that’s done go back to your camera and when you take a photo it should look like this.
The areas where the lines meet are where your subject should go. Not all the time, but the majority.
Have a clear focus
Sometimes (okay all the time for me) there are other objects in the frame of what you’re shooting. You don’t want your audience to focus on a group of people in the background when the key element of your photo is a single person/object in the front. There are a lot of ways to do this i.e. blurring the background (portrait mode I’m looking at you) or removing the element from your photo.
Change up the angle
Stop taking photos just straight on! Come at your object from a little off center, above below whatever! A change in angles makes the photo more interesting.
Some other useful tips and tricks:
- White Space (a.k.a. negative space) is a good thing
- That being said, fill some negative space with props that won’t distract from your main element
- Always find good lighting