iPhoneography Tips & Tricks
I am obsessed with Instagram (follow me @ourhollydays). Its such an awesome community. I’ve met tons of rad Mamas on there & host my mail swaps on it. I love being inspired by the photography & think it’s amazing that Apple created the iPhone, which has allowed us to experience photography in a whole new way.
I love my DSLR, don’t get me wrong. But having my iPhone has enabled me to capture moments of our everyday life that I wouldn’t normally be able to. If I forget my DSLR, no big deal. I have my iPhone & won’t miss a moment.
Documenting our life is important to me. My Grandma Sanford was always snapping pictures or taking video on her ginormous video camera. And I am so thankful she did. When I visit her house, I spend hours going through photo albums & reliving fun childhood memories & silly moments. I want this for my kids.
I get a lot of questions about how I edit my iPhone photos or what camera I use. People actually don’t think I’m using my iPhone! I definitely take that as a compliment! So, I thought I’d share some of my tips & tricks to get a better quality iPhone photo.
First, I use the iPhone4S. But I’ve used the iPhone3 & then the iPhone4 for a long while & my photos still turned out with the same quality.
CLEAN YOUR LENS. This is something that I see a LOT on IG that frustrates me. Dudes, just wipe it off a couple times a day. You would be surprised how dirty that sucker gets. Dirt gets trapped in there really easily. Remember, it’s a phone too! I just use my shirt. If I remember when I’m home, I’ll use a cotton swab with a little window cleaner on it once every few weeks to clean it. A clear lens makes clear photos. Simple concept.
Use the tap focus. The iPhone often needs a little help to focus on your subject, so give your screen a quick tap to make sure it focuses on the area you want it, too. It will also help make sure the lighting is correct. In the photo of Collin below, my screen was super dark & you couldn’t see him because of the light pouring in from the window. So I tap focused on the table & that changed the way the lighting was viewed on the lens & I ended up with a great photo.