How to take the best photos using your iPhone

[Caveat! I don't have an android, nor do I know how to do these things on one. I am a Macantic (Mac-Fanatic) through and through. So, if you have an android this is probably one post you should skip. #sorrynotsorry #converttothelightside]

Friends. Hello. 👋 

How are you? I hope you are cozied up under a blanket with coffee or hot cocoa reading this post. Currently, I am under a blanket looking at a beautiful Christmas tree wishing I had some coffee. I have been looking into 2018 and decided I wanted to start "teaching" you, my friends, how to do some pretty cool stuff in the world of photography. If you have questions or want me to cover a certain topic email me here and sign up for my newsletter here. 

Let's get to the learning...

Ok so I have a Canon 7D Mark ii but I don't like dragging that thing along with me on every outing so I've learned how to take the best photos using my iPhone. I have an iPhone 7 Plus and I typically use the VSCO app to snap photos that are more than just selfies with friends. 

Step One: Learn what the settings mean

You need to know what ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed, WB & Focus mean. I'm not here to give you an in-depth look at each of these so here is a 1 sentence description of each. If you want to take the best photos you should research each of these on your own. 

ISO: The sensitivity of the camera to light.

Aperture: The size of the camera pupil.

Shutter Speed: How long the shutter stays open before closing.

White Balance: The color tone of your photo.

Focus: What is sharp or in focus in a photo.

Step Two: Choose your subject

This one can seem like an easy one but a cluttered desk will look completely different than a clean and organized one. 

Step Three: Set your settings

Using the VSCO app you have several options for settings to set. By turning off auto you now are able to create a visually appealing shot that is unique. Let's assume you are in a well-lit room then your ISO should be low (around 200). Aperture should be around 0, white balance is tricky so you will need to look at the screen to dial it in, shutter speed should be quick (1/200 or so), and finally your focus should be on the subject your shooting (if its a person focus on an eye). 

Step Four: Take the shot and then a few more

Don't be afraid to take several shots. Experiment with different settings until you are happy with the photo. 

Step Five: Edit the photo

Don't just apply a filter, that's what I call being lazy. Edit the shot by going into the Contrast and Brightness panel. Boost or strip the color in the Saturation panel, and finally deepen your photos with the Shadows and Highlights panels. There are several other options to editing but these will get you started right away. 

Step Six: Share your photo

Post it on social, tag me @elizabethcaudle or #BestiPhonePhotos. Seeing what people think and hearing feedback is one of the best ways to improve. Keep in mind though that EVERYBODY has an opinion and sometimes you just have to let them go in one ear and out the other. 

 

I want to see what you've taken and hear if these steps were helpful. Let me know via email or social! 

And remember practice makes perfect! 

 

-EC

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