HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF IPHONE PHOTOGRAPHY

26 March 2017


~ALL OF THE FOLLOWING PICTURES WERE TAKEN WITH AN IPHONE 6S~

A lot of people wrongly think that to be successful in the blogging world they need to spend a lot of money on all the latest tech, lighting, cameras. Sure, it might help to spend a little bit here and there on props and backgrounds but I’ve never spent more than £10 on any of that stuff, and for a long while I was only using my iPhone to take and edit my pictures and I still think that those are some great pictures.

The most important factor to consider is definitely lighting, I’m not saying you have to go out and buy a great big soft box light or whatever.. I haven’t. The best lighting is always natural day light. So set up next to a nice big window in the afternoon and you’re good to go. You’ll probably want to steer away from direct sunlight as you’d have to faff around avoiding getting your shadow in the picture. Trying to take good pictures at night time with nothing but your ceiling light is pretty much a no-go. They’ll be grainy and orange cast. So just be sure to plan and make time in the afternoons or on weekends to take your pictures in advance. This applies to everyone, not just iPhone users.


It’s best to not have a lot going on in the background to take the focus away from where you want it, but at the same time you want your picture to be engaging and not just a single product on a plain background. You don’t actually have to have expensive marble kitchen surfaces and Scandinavian style wooden flooring, you can instead like I have done, simply spend a couple of pounds on marble sticky back plastic and wooden effect wall paper. And simply by chucking in some everyday objects you have laying around the house just to make the picture a little more engaging. Maybe a cute little plant, a glossy magazine, a notepad, fairy lights, or for a little added texture you could incorporate a little bit of a nice jumper or blanket or something, it’s totally up to you.

Also, another tip which I have been so surprised that so many people didn’t know about is that you can simply tap on the screen to focus it. You can actually get a slight bokeh effect doing this too!
(This below picture shows an example of bokeh with the eye shadow palette in the background being slightly out of focus)


Another very important step is how you edit your pictures. There are so many different apps out there and these are the ones I use to ensure my pictures are bright, sharp and as pretty as can be.

Facetune – I have found this so helpful in the past when a background has been slightly yellowed and not as white and bright as I would’ve liked. I use the teeth whitening effect and simply go over the background to make it as white as poss. It’s crazy how much of a difference it will make! Here are some before and after examples below...



VSCO Cam – This is my favourite photo editing app of all the ones I’ve tried, and the best part… It’s free! (although I have spent a few pennies here and there on different filter packages) But as well as it’s lovely array of filters, it also has a lot more useful features. I usually come on here to up the exposure ever so slightly, and the contrast and sharpness. Upping the sharpness will make any text in your images appear a lot more clear and crisp. On product photos I don’t usually apply a filter because I don’t want the product colours to become altered and misleading. But for other pictures like selfies, outfit pics and just about anything else, I still don’t want a super heavy filter but I sometimes like to put one on then drag the intensity down so it’s nice and subtle.



I hope some of these tips have helped to restore your faith in the iPhone camera and show you that it can be done without forking out your entire months paycheck.

Thanks for reading!

Mollie x


35 comments

  1. I've been looking for photo editing app recommendations so this was a perfect read for me thank you! I have a DSLR but still tend to use my phone as it's always on me ready to go

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  2. Lovely Blogpost! Thanks for sharing your tipps and tricks... I also use Facetune now and then but I never used the whitening effect so I will try it :)

    Xx Sarah
    www.wonderlandblog.de

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  3. Such a helpful post! I use VSCO but will have to check out Facetune! Beautiful photos ��

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  4. Thanks for the tips! x
    www.izzieslife.co.uk

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  5. This are great tips! Have you tried using Lightroom on iPhone? It's free and amazing quality too x

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    1. No I haven't, I'll have a look! Xxx

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  6. I've just discovered your blog via Twitter and just wanted to say how lovely it is and how I love your photography! Really enjoyed reading this post and looking forward to more posts from you.

    Alice | alicemaysnell

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  7. I've been hunting for some good editing apps, so thank you for this post! Gorgeous layout by the way, excited to see more of your posts! X

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    1. I'm glad I could help! Thank you xxx

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  8. Omg yes!! I use VSCO Cam too and I love it! It always makes my pictures look ten times better than the usual. Love this post x


    sami | possiblysami.com

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  9. I've never had great luck with iPhone photography, even if I edit them to the best standard. But these are really good tips! For lighting, I either use natural light, edit the settings on my camera, or (embarrassingly) use my phone torch...woops!
    Have you heard of snapseed? That's also an incredibly good, easy-using editing APP, definitely have a go at that one too!

    Abs x
    https://afababulouslife.blogspot.com

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    1. Haha aw I'm glad I could help! No I haven't, I'll check it out - thank you xx

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  10. Very helpful post! Brightness, lighting, that's EVERYTHING. I usually honestly just edit the brightness right in my iPhone Camera app, but I've heard VSCO is a good app as well!

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  11. Love this post! I'm in need of some new editing apps so will definitely check these out! Thanks for the recommendations lovely! X
    Love, Melissa x
    www.lovemelissax.co.uk

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  12. Your pictures always look stunning so I'll definitely be listening to these tips! xx


    Morgan // www.justmorgs.com

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  13. This post was so helpful! I think it's so easy to forget how great out phones can be for getting some really nice photos.
    -Olivia Xxx

    http://oliviaxalesha.com/blog/

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  14. This is the kind of post that I have been waiting for, thank you so much! xx

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  15. This a great post and some excellent tips and tricks, I use an iPhone too so I'll definitely be checking out those editing apps!
    PaleGirlRambling xo

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    1. I hope you like them as much as I do!x

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  16. Your pictures are amazing! A really helpful post! Thanks for sharing! xx Corinne

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  17. I must admit that until I read this post, I thought that my pictures were never going to be very good because I use an iPhone to take my pictures, but I'm going to try the tips you've given and hope that it improves my photography in future! Thank you so much for this post; it's so helpful.

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    1. iPhone cameras are so underrated!!xx

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  18. Gonna have to try out the FaceTune one! I usually fix the yellowing with our iPhone settings/edit options. Sounds like it would be a good option!

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