How to click photos for your blog using your iPhone camera
As you know, one of my favorite things to do each month is to create a stock photo pack for you guys. Since launching Creative Convex, I have released six photo packs for bloggers and creatives to use in their blogs and businesses. I just sent out this month’s photo pack - Creative Florals and you can download it here.
However, this month’s photo pack is extra special ‘cuz it was shot entirely with iPhone 6. I typically use my Canon 6D DSLR for all my stock photo packs, but this time I wanted to try something different. I truly believe that you can do great photography using just your iPhone and so, I decided to set up a photoshoot and go all in with my iPhone. It was exciting to exploit as well as explore the hidden powers of the iPhone camera - no wonder it is the most popular camera in the world! Here's a snapshot of the pictures that I shot using the iPhone for the photo pack!
How to take high quality photos using your iPhone
Although shooting an entire photo pack with an iPhone seemed intimidating at first, here are some tips that helped me create this month’s stock photo pack and I hope this will help you take your own stock photos using your iPhone camera too!
1. Understand your iPhone camera:
I think its more important to know what you can do with the camera you have in your hand than getting an expensive, high end camera. The iPhone camera is high quality and also happens to be the most popular camera in the whole world. Its a huge misconception that the iPhone camera cannot be used for serious photography. I use the iPhone 6 which has an 8MP front camera that results in high resolution photos of 3000 pixels. These images are high resolution enough to use on retina display screens on full width website pages.
However, to shoot great photos with your iPhone, you need to understand how it works first. Explore the camera settings, play around with the controls and take lots of photos to see what works. Here are my top two tips for you:
The first tip is to shoot in Photo mode. I am aware that you can shoot photos on the iPhone camera in square mode, but when you are shooting stock photos for your blog, make sure to shoot in the photo mode. This gives you a larger scene space to work with and also results in larger file size that works best for your blog photos.
My second tip would be to hold the camera horizontally. By default, we tend to hold the camera in vertical mode. But depending on the scene you are trying to shoot, it might be best to hold the camera in landscape or horizontal mode, just like you would hold a point and shoot. This helps in stabilizing the image.
I created a comprehensive guide of the apps and equipment you need to shoot photos on your iPhone camera. You can download it right here.
2. Follow the light:
Follow the light is such a clichéd phrase when it comes to photography, but it can't be more true. Lighting is obviously the most important thing you need for good photography, and with an iPhone its even more so. The quality of the iPhone camera is amazing, but its hard to make up for poor lighting conditions. Now, this is not to say that you need the sun shining bright into your house; in fact, bright sunlight isn’t really ideal for photography. Instead I love the soft light on an overcast day to shoot my photos.
However, you need a good light source for your photography. Find a window in your house next to which you can setup your scene. If you live in the basement or don’t have enough light inside the house, go outside. Try the patio or the balcony. You don’t really need a lot of space, really! Another thing you could do is to use a reflector.
Here in my setup below, there is a huge window on the left of the table from where I get ample light. I have a cardboard reflector placed to the right ( facing opposite to the window) to reflect the light back onto the scene. This way you can increase the amount of light on the setup and get better lighting for your photos.
3. Improve the composition:
Switch on the grid on your iPhone camera to improve the composition of your photos. By using the grid, you can implement the Rule of thirds for better composition. Not just that, you can also align your scene to the grid and avoid getting crooked photos.
I wrote a detailed tutorial on implementing the rule of thirds on your iPhone camera, you can read it here : How to improve your composition by using the Rule of thirds.
4. Use editing apps:
With the amount of editing apps available for the iPhone, there really isn't anything you can’t do to improve your photos. You can fix the lighting, composition, colors - just about anything using editing apps. Heck yes, you can even remove stuff like dust, unwanted objects from your photo!
For editing this photo pack, I used my favorite editing app - Snapseed to edit all of my photos. It really worked wonders for my photos.
Here's the before and after for editing with snapseed. Magic eh? ;)
5. Manage Storage:
I usually take about 200 - 300 photos during a photoshoot and I wanted to make sure my iPhone doesn't complain with "Your iPhone storage is full". I often get that error while I'am in the midst of taking photos and it annoys the heck out of me. So I upgraded to 50GB iCloud storage to store my iPhone photos. I highly recommend getting the iCloud storage as it is pretty affordable at just $0.99/month. Having enough space on the iPhone while shooting photos for your blog and business is an important check to do before a photoshoot.
What I learnt:
I'll be honest with you, before I started shooting photos with my iPhone around 8 months ago, I never thought you could get DSLR-quality photos with an iPhone. But now, after I’ve learnt how to use the iPhone camera and its capabilities, I completely believe that you can take professional photos using your iPhone camera too. And here’s why you should too!
Make sure to download the iPhone apps and equipment guide right here.
Now its your turn!
What are your thoughts on taking photos with your iPhone? Did you like the photos of this month’s photo pack? As always, I ‘d love to hear your thoughts - so let’s get chatting in the comments!