Take Amazing iPhone Pics For Your Social Media
Inspiration can strike at any moment, and we may not have our favorite camera handy. If I'm not taking pictures of people or an event to be published, I really enjoy taking pictures on my phone because of the convenience. Here are some tips and tricks that I have learned along the way to help you get some amazing photos.
1. Any photographer will tell you that lighting is numero uno always. Natural light is always best, and there is a reason for the term golden hour or magic hour. Golden hour is an hour after sunrise and an hour before sunset when the lighting is soft, and makes for some beautiful pictures. So if possible try and shoot around times where you can get some good natural light. Unfortunately, there are times when we need content right then and there so you may want to invest in a case that lights up. Since getting my new phone, I've been really missing my Lumi case so I decided to purchase this light. These type of lights really do make all the difference. If you don't want a light on your case, you can borrow someone else's phone and use their light to shine on the subject.
2. When you open the camera app you can see that there are different options you can use like photo, square, panorama... etc. Use the photo option even if you want a square. This is for a few reasons. The pixels are higher, and it gives you a chance to check your composition. Remember you can always crop stuff out but you can't put things back in. I also do this to check the flow of my grid. If I look at my scheduler (Planoly) and see three closeups in a row, I know it's time for a picture with more depth.
3. Get a selfie stick. Yeah, I said that. And yes, I am one of those people who laughs when some one pulls one out but they serve their purpose well. Not only do I use it for selfies, but I use it to get different angles on my subject that I normally wouldn't be able to, especially if I'm holding the subject. They are really fun to play around with. Just don't go swinging it around at Disneyland. ;)
4. Play around with some editing apps. My favorites are Facetune and A Color Story. Facetune is great at cropping things out, fixing imperfections and making your backgrounds super white if you are doing a flat lay. When editing, I generally make my pictures brighter, sharpen them, then add my filter. I have two filters that I alternate between. One makes my pictures a bit darker in the shadows and one makes it lighter so depending on the picture, I will choose which one looks best. Also, be careful when using the sharpen tool because it can add unwanted noise to the photo.
5. Get creative. I took these pictures using the self-timer and leaning my phone up against some books. I'm pretty sure I heard my dog laughing at me.
If you have any questions, comments, or tricks of your own, leave them in the comments below.