Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Get Better iPhone Pictures!

All photos in this post taken with an iPhone 5 by Ollivander Mo. Click any photo to enlarge.

Maybe photography isn't really your thing or you don't have the money for great camera, but you still need some decent photos for your blog/whatever. There are some amazing iPhonography photos out there! Just because you're not a pro yourself doesn't mean you can't have a great, attention-grabbing photo on your blog!

STEP ONE // Frame it right, frame it tight.
 Snapping a pic with your smart phone is such a casual thing so it's easy to forget that a great photo takes conscious effort. In any photo (be it on a smart phone or a SLR) dead space can be killer. That's not to say that people don't use dead space strategically. It just means people notice when dead space is the result of a lack of attention to detail. Pay attention and make sure you don't have too much negative space.

(left) check out all that negative space!! // (right) tight framing + use of perspective!

STEP TWO // Get some perspective
Everything doesn't necessarily look good straight from where you're shooting. Sometimes you need to get above the photo, sometimes you need to get down low. Try different angles to find what fits best for your photo.

STEP THREE // Create pleasing lines and shapes
It's pleasing to the eye to have a path to follow. For example, if the objects in your photo create a line that your eye can easily follow to process the picture, chances are we'll find it more aesthetically pleasing.

(left) notice the "c" shape in surrounding the pot. // (right) two obvious lines with the wall and the red floaters

STEP FOUR // Find the light
So many creative crafts often use this line. Actors and models are often told to find the light. For photographers and cinematographers, light is probably the most important tool. It can set a mood and mean the difference between a great photo and a grainy photo. If you're shooting with something like an iPhone, light is extremely important because you don't have many ways of adjusting to the setting.

STEP FIVE // Get the right apps
Sometimes a little help is alright. Most serious photographers tone their photographs after a shoot. Why not do the same on your iPhone? There are a variety of apps you can use to get a great photo. Here are my top two favorites:

-Snapseed . . . By far my favorite! I LOVE using the 'tune image' feature to change my brightness, ambiance, and photo warmth. It definitely makes a huge difference!

-Camera+ . . . This app is great for situations where the lighting is being difficult. The iPhone's camera automatically sets its exposure for whatever the main focus of your photo is which can sometimes result in an overexposed or underexposed photo. Camera+ allows you to tap one area for focus and another area for exposure.

With and without help from Snapseed

How do you get great pics on your iPhone? Let me know in the comments below!

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