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How to take awesome blog photos with your phone

I’ve recently had some compliments on my photos. I’ll be honest here, photos I take when out and about are taken with my iPhone X….

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I’ve recently had some compliments on my photos. I’ll be honest here, photos I take when out and about are taken with my iPhone X. I’ve stopped using my Olympus Pen when out because it’s not great in low light settings and it’s much easier to use my phone.

Of course, whether you do think my photos are awesome is a matter of opinion, I can see how they might be a bit over-edited, but I like them and think they work well for Instagram and blog photos!

Here are some examples:

(scroll to the bottom of the post to see them all as I’ll be breaking them up with text)

In my opinion, it’s not that hard.

You don’t need to understand aperture, shutter speed and ISO. You don’t need an expensive DSLR. Yes, this might take away the skill of photography and be a bit lazy, but hey – it works for me.

Two main things to focus on are:

1: Composition.

2: Editing.

Composition.

The composition is so important in a photograph. It can make a real impact if you get it just right.

It’s common to use the rule of thirds when it comes to the composition of a photo, that’s where you draw three guidelines across and down the photo in your head, so you have 9 boxes. You want to align the subject with the guidelines and their intersection points.

Studies show that we naturally focus on the intersection points when looking at pictures, so having our subject in this area makes for a nice shot. Having a subject in the centre can often look awkward.

You can also use lines, patterns and symmetry to draw the eye to a key point in a photo – for example, roads or train tracks.

Editing.

I edit my photos in VSCO cam and I love that app!

My best advice is to play with it and see which filters and features you like the best.

The filters I use the most are: P5, P4, KE1, C1 and AU1.

Then when it comes to editing, I mostly use exposure, contrast, structure and sharpen. On the paid version there is a feature called HSL which allows you to add saturation to certain colours – I use this often to make reds, blues and greens more intense.

That’s it!

8 comments

  1. Your photos are amazing!
    I don’t have a camera and use my phone for all of my photos. Most are rubbish but I do surprise myself now and again with some fab one’s x

  2. Thanks for sharing your tips! I have seen so many people rave about vsco but I’ve never actually used it, haha! I use an instagram filter and that’s it, the rest of the time I never do more than crop photos. I am trying to be a bit more adventurous now I’m using Canva for my Youtube thumbnails as it lets you play around with colours more 😉

    Hope you are having a great weekend 🙂 We are having the perfect weather – warm and sunny in the morning, then cooler in the afternoon and evenings when the storms roll in. We spent time by the pool yesterday!

  3. Lovely tips! These photos are very pretty. At home, I take photos with my tablet but when I’m out and about I usually take them with a cellphone.

  4. Phones take such good photos these days there is no need to carry a big camera about everytime you go out xx
    katescloset.uk

  5. Yes, I’m such a simple person while taking photos,
    our phone is enough to take a good quality photo,
    I like to edit it on Afterlight instead.

    xx
    Amira

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