HOW TO TAKE QUALITY BLOG PHOTOGRAPHS WITH YOUR PHONE

Do not underestimate what your smartphone can do. I REPEAT - DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE WHAT YOUR SMARTPHONE CAN DO. I don't have a high quality camera (yet) to take photos for my blog, Instagram etc. so I simply just use my beloved iPhone. I entirely plan on getting a fancy shmancy camera, but not just yet. I used to be absolutely terrible at taking photos but now after a lot of practise and playing around with all of the editing settings and all the apps in the IOS app store, I think I have finally got the hang of it. I'm still no pro but it'll do for now. I know the struggle of wanting to take good quality photos for our blogs, social media and so on, wanting the perfect flat lays, so I thought I would save you the endless hours of practising and struggling and share my tips with you on how to I get pretty decent photos for my blog with my iPhone!

LIGHTING

Lighting is SO important, I cannot stress how important it is. Taking photos in a dingy light is pretty hard ey? So why not set up near a window or in a room with natural light and get a beautiful bright photo and save yourself a bit of time when it comes to editing? Bright natural light gets rid of that yellowy colour in photos and it just looks so much crisper and professional.

BACKGROUNDS

I absolutely LOVE my marble background. I mean who doesn't? (probably a few people) but it is the craze at the moment and I for one am proud to be a part of that craze because my marble background makes my photos appear much more professional, stylish, and I could take a photo of the most boring thing ever and it would probably still look good because of the marble background. I think you get the gist. BUT you don't have to go all out, you can get a role of cheap marble self adhesive vinyl film here. I have also recently purchased this white wood self adhesive vinyl film which you can get here, which I've fell in love with. These self adhesive vinyl films help to give you a variety of backgrounds for your photos and help them to look more professional but on a budget which I am a big fan of.

PROPS 

I love props, I feel like they give photos more life. I love to use copper wire lights (which you can get here), real or artificial flowers and plants, jewellery, make-up, magazines, clothing, etc. These props also help to create great flat lays.

EDITING APPS

I have mentioned my go to editing apps in this post. But honestly the editing process is really important. The various settings (brightness, contrast, highlight, sharpening etc.) can help improve your photos and take them from a 2 to a 10 with just a few alterations! 

I like to use Facetune to whiten my photos and then Snapseed to brighten, contrast, saturate if need be, highlight, brighten any shadows, and lastly I like to use the glamour glow feature to give my photos a subtle glow (turn down the glow amount). I also like to use VSCO for their filters, I mainly use F2 mostly but I'm a fan of HB1 and HB2 also.

These are my tips on how to take quality blog photos using your phone. What are your tips for taking quality photos with your phone?

Lot's of love, Soph x

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  1. Lovely tips! Lighting is definitely the key to crisp and beautiful photos x

    http://www.erinazmir.com

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    1. Thank you! Definitely, I love the natural light - especially for taking photos in x

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  2. Thanks for the tips, I definitely need to work on my editing Xx

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    1. You're very welcome! Editing is my favourite part I think! Xx

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  3. I'm always so surprised by the quality of my iPhone canera - they really are fab! I can't quite believe all your lovely photos are taken just with an iPhone - they're all so beautiful!

    Naomi Katharine

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    1. It is crazy how they take such amazing photographs! Aww thank you ever so much, I do try haha! X

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  4. Great tips, lovely! I haven't took blog photos on my phone in such a long time. Sometimes I actually think the quality can be better than my camera haha. But I definitely agree that lighting is so key and props help bring the photos to life xx

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you chick! Oh really?! It's strange how crisp my iPhone photos can come out sometimes then other times it looks like I've taken it with an old Motorola phone or something haha! Which camera do you have lovely? I need to invest in one soon! Any recommendations? xx

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  5. This was a really handy post actually, I've picked up a lot of good tips that will hopefully up my photography game!

    Www.jazziepickles.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you so much, that's great! So glad I could help! :) x

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  6. Great post!! I agree on natural lighting! Makes a photo 10x better! :)

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  7. i agree on everything that you said ! i am seeing the marble background a lot lately and i am loving it so i think i am gonna get one asap !

    http://www.clairetalksbeauty.com/

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    1. Thank you! You should, I absolutely love mine!

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