How to Take Blog Photos With Your iPhone | How I Edit My Photos | The 'Blogging' Feed

How to Take Blog Photos With Your iPhone | The 'Blogging' FeedHello everyone! Today I am sharing my tips for taking blog photos with your iPhone. I know personally, investing in a professional camera is not in the cards for me right now, but I still enjoy blogging and taking beautiful photos for my blog. What's amazing about the time we live in is that the tiny little devices we bring with us everywhere truly has a powerful camera that can be used in many different ways. So if you're like me and can't/do not want to buy a real camera, I have some great tips for you on how you can beautiful pictures for your blog on your phone.


Also, for reference I have an iPhone 6, but I think the iPhone 5's also have great cameras and can get the same quality. I'm also not leaving out my Android users! Plenty of my friends have Androids and I find their cameras are a little better quality than mine. So, these tips will work with any kind of phone!

Natural Lighting

This is the most important and crucial tip I can give you. Natural lighting will literally make or break a photo. To get the best photos find a window that offers bright natural lighting on a sunny day. Create your photo set up in front of it and snap away. When you take pictures without natural lighting, it will dark and artificial when you go to edit. Also, the clarity of the photos and the items are not the same.

For me set up, I have a window right over my bed so when it's nice and sunny I open all the windows in my room and create a set up on my bed. I also find that certain times of the day are better than others. So when I have a free day and I go back and forth a couple of times to make sure I am getting the best lighting.

Focus and Steady

For many people focusing the camera can be really difficult. With an iPhone when you want to focus the camera on one object you want to tap on the area that you want focused. This can be tricky with an iPhone because the focus distance isn't that great. You have to find the perfect distance so you can tap on the item and get it to focus.

The second part of this is remaining steady when you take a picture. This can be hard because when you're holding the camera your hands can shake. That's why I like to take many pictures and (basically) hold my breath each time I snap a picture to make sure the camera is steady. If you find your hands get really shaking, you can invest in a tripod for your phone, or I have a little clicker that I got for $5 that works via Bluetooth.

Brightness

My next tip is to make sure your photos are nice and bright. This can be done during the editing process (I'll talk about that soon), but on my iPhone when I'm taking a photo I like to tap the photo and then slide my finger up and down to adjust the brightness before I take the photo. This gives me plenty of options (dark vs brighter) photos when I edit so I have more to work with.

Also, this tip works really great when you find that some areas of your work area are darker than others. If you tap on a specific dark area, you can slide your finger to adjust the brightness to make the photo look more even.

Take Many Pictures

It's super important that you take as many pictures as possible. Can you imagine spending so much time creating a setup and finding the perfect lighting, only coming to find that your photos aren't useable? Take a ton of pictures! For one post, I take as many as 100-200 pictures in different lightings and positions, ect.

Editing

This is the most crucial and final step. You can take some great photos, but they are only as good as you edit them. When I edit, there a few things I like to adjust:
- Brightness
- Contrast
- Shadows
- Highlights
- Warmth

The first thing I do is sift through all my photos and pick out the ones that look the most promising. I open up my editing app (I'll give some suggestions soon) and I make sure it is cropped and straightened the way I like. Then I go in and raise the brightness, lower the shadows, raise the highlights, lower the warmth by two points, and raise the contrast.


How to Take Blog Photos With Your iPhone | How I Edit My Photos | The 'Blogging' FeedLook at what a difference editing can make! The photo was okay before, but with editing it looks but brighter and crisp.Here are some apps I love to use to edit:- Snapseed / iPhone (My #1 app!)- PicMonkey / Web- BeFunky / Web- Polarr / DesktopThe best part? All of these are free! I mainly use Snapseed but occasionally I'll use some of the other applications. How to Take Blog Photos With Your iPhone | The 'Blogging' FeedHow do you like to take your blog photos? Do you have a camera or do you use your phone? Were any of these tips helpful? Comment down below!

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23 comments

  1. I love using Picmonkey - thank you for sharing your tips I usually tend to use my phone to take photos

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

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  2. This is a great post! Thank you!
    I just use the photo edition tools that came with windows 10! Can wait to try those out!
    Xx

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  3. I love Snapped. it's such a great app. I even use it for social media photos!

    Abby Talks

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  4. Great post! I take my photos on my iPhone 5S and find they aren't too bad! Investing in a camera isn't in the budget for me right now but I think it can be totally manageable with the iPhone.

    xo, Liz
    http://lipstickandconfetti.com

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  5. I didn't know you could change the brightness while taking pictures, great tips! x

    www.beautyfromkatie.blogspot.com

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  6. I love this! I only found out a few days ago that you could alter the brightness whilst taking the photo and it's definitely changed my perspective on the way I take my photos. I completely agree that you don't need to go all out to buy the latest camera that everyone's loving, using your phone comes in handy just as much. Most people use their phones for vlogging now which is also something to look for. Great post x

    www.stepintokaysblog.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. It's amazing what you can do with the phones on cameras these days! I don't use my iPhone for my blog photos but I use it occasionally for Instagram and sometimes get some really good quality pictures! x

    Gemma Louise

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  8. Thanks for sharing! I'm going to have to check out Snapsneed. I try not to be "lazy" and really aim to use my dSLR for blog photos but it's hard when phones nowadays provide such HQ photos!

    thesixthlisbon.blogspot.com

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  9. yay for snapseed! i use android and istg everything is super easy even for a n00b like me. i love vsco presets too. i love your tips. it can be so hard to take non-shaky photos but practice makes perfect. i solely use my phone for blog photos. i think it took decent photos. it just that i need to master post-processing.

    xx http://tanaditya.co.vu

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  10. Nice post. Thanks for sharing.
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  11. Great tips! I've never heard of Snapseed! xx

    Beautylymin

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  12. I take all of my photos on my iPhone & completely agree with how much of a difference editing the lighting makes. x

    Small&Blonde♥

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  13. Great tips. For me, one of the biggest problems is natural lightning, as most of the time London is very gloomy. I have not tried Snapseed, but I love VSCO and FaceTune.

    http://www.beautynerd.co.uk

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  14. This is so helpful! I'm struggling so much with taking photos on my iPhone right now so I'll definitely have to give these a try.

    xo Olivia | http://oliviadipede.com

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  15. I think brightness is a huge thing, once I learnt that trick of turning up the brightness on your phone when you're taking a photo it's made such a huge difference to my pictures!

    www.thesundaymode.com

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  16. This has great advice! I have an Android (Samsung Note 5) that I know takes great pics, but I have yet to unlock the potential. I have Snapseed and have played around with it a bit. I'm going to experiment more using your tips. Thank you!

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  17. Thanks!! I also take all my photos on my iPhone and I wish I had known these tips earlier. I was seriously considering getting a DSLR just for my photos but I'll try out these tips to see if they work instead :)

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  18. Omg, how did I not know about about the brightness thing when taking a picture, this will help me so much!!! Thank you, great tips!! :) xox
    www.emmalanglands.co.uk

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  19. I take all my pictures using my iPhone too , I can't afford a camera right now. Iv read many people say not to use Instagram editing as it isn't good enough, but ud be surprised. I Only use Instagram editing I don't use any apps to edit my pictures. Will defiantly try out the apps u have suggested thou. Nice to know the other options available. Thank you for such an informative

    www.lalachicuk@blogspot.co.uk

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  20. This was so awesome to read!! I don't have money for a fancy camera, and sometimes I feel bad that all of the photos for my blog are just iPhone photos. You sharing your experience makes me feel so much better! Thank you!

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  21. I have a fancy camera but half the time I end up using my iphone! My favourite app is called A Color Story

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  22. This was super helpful information! I've been trying to get up the courage to actually start up my blog (more than just the 4ish posts I have at the moment), and this was just the info I needed. This proves that working with what you already have can still be super effective!

    Lindsay

    https://lipsticklashesandlocksblog.wordpress.com/

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