Monday, 5 January 2015

How To Take Good Photos On Your Phone

Nowadays you're not taken seriously as a blogger unless you have a massive camera. Consider what I mainly do is write and add a few photos I would never consider buying a massive camera just for my blog, although we do own a dslr in this household. If I was to do more outfit posts etc I would probably use the big camera but to be honest it scares me! I currently own an LG Nexus 5 with camera specs of "8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, optical image stabilization, LED flash" I have quoted that because I'm obviously not a photographer and I'm not going to pretend to be. These are simple the things I have learnt.

Learn how to use it
As you would an expensive camera, take some time to get to know your phone camera. Learn about all the different settings and how to adjust things. Don't just go to straight shooting, find out what you like using most about the phone and build on that.

Set up your photos properly
Just cos it's a phone doesn't mean you should just point and shoot. Take some time do it properly. Make sure its focused, nobody likes blurry photos. Get the lighting right and find a good backdrop just as you would a photo with a camera. A few tips, take photos from the side not aerial as it adds depth of field and don't always shoot against a white backdrop as that's just boring!

No pictures are perfect and nearly all require a little bit of editing. There are some great apps that are free on Android and iPhone. I use VSCO Cam primarily as you can do pretty much everything to make the photo better and it has some great filters too. Another great app for editing skin tone, pimples and red eye is PhotoWonder though don't stick with the presets or they can make you look plastic! I use Instagram a lot too, a little known tool is Tilt Shift, which is the traditional focal blur that you can get on camera's, it means that the focus is solely on the subject so nothing else distracts.

Obviously I'm not saying that you shouldn't own a DSLR, they are beautiful creations, this was just to help you along if you only have a phone at your disposal.

Do you have any tips to add?


  1. I prefer using a camera for blog photos (purely because thats what I am used to) however I do have a few images on my instagram that given the right composition, good lighting they look like images from a DSLR. I think you can use a phone camera to take blog photos, but sometimes you have to be more careful in how you take them, as it sometimes requires more concentration to get them right.

    1. I agree, thats why you need to take the time to set it up properly. I love your photos though

  2. I take all of my blog photographs from my tablet and this VSCO cam is a LIFESAVER! It even makes me lamest photographs look great!


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