Whether you are a blogger or photography fanatic, splashing out on an expensive camera is a big step. I believe in the importance of photography when it comes to blogging but I don't believe everyone needs to be shooting with a DSLR to capture fantastic images. Today I wanted to show you how you can produce beautiful clear images with your iPhone or smart phone. Most modern smart phones have a built in camera of amazing quality. My iPhone 4S can shoot 8 megapixel stills and 1080p video. When I'm out without my DSLR I can rely on getting a photo with my phone. But there are a few things to think about in order to create striking images.
CAMERA PHONE TIPS
Hold your phone steady with two hands for a sharper image. Allow your phone to find focus, don't rush the image. Re-focus in different areas by tapping the screen so the yellow box appears.
If the photo is looking under-exposed (too dark) tap on the shadowy areas in the image so the camera will re-adjust itself. If the photo is looking over-exposed (too bright) tap on the bright areas in the image.
Hold down for 3 seconds on any part of the screen will activate Auto Focus Lock. Which means you can select the exact point of focus and wherever you move the phone, focus will stay in place. This allows you to play around with depth of field and it's great for super-close up macro shots.
Turn on HDR for landscape outdoors images. Your iPhone will take several shots and then layer them all together for you to create a perfectly exposed image. This helps when the sky is very bright and the trees are in shadow. HDR images will take up extra room on your phone though so I only use this option now and again.
Take a few shots, from various angles, then you can compare them against each other. Do you want a landscape or portrait image? Which will work better for the shot? You can always take both so you can pick and choose later.
Great lighting is always going to improve your photography. Bright, fresh lighting is best when you want a clear, sharp image with true colours. Strong sunlight will cast a warm glowy effect on your photos, an overcast day will create much more even soft light. The clouds act like a giant softbox! Outdoor images with lots of natural light will be sharper and indoor images with artificial light can appear grainier. iPhone's are pretty good at auto re-adjusting to the lighting situation. They do all the hard work for you!
Once you've got your shots, upload them on to your computer or download an app to do a few tweaks. You may want to brighten the image or increase contrast. For more creative styles you can use filters. I like to do the basics with Photoshop but for more fashion-portrait images you could really go to town with the amount of editing you do! In the image above I cropped the photo slightly and increased the brightness. I also applied a slight vignette in white.
ACCESSORIES FOR YOUR IPHONE PHOTOGRAPHY
Monkey Tripod with Smart Phone Fitting
3 in 1 Fish Eye, Wide Angle and Macro Lens for Smart Phones
iPhone Kaleidoscope Lenses Case
EXAMPLES OF IMAGES TAKEN WITH IPHONE 4S