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How To Take Blog Photos On Your Phone

How To Take Blog Photos On Your Phone

I’ve talked a lot about photography when it comes to blogging, and one of the questions I get asked the most is how to take good blog photos when you don’t have an expensive camera. I’m happy to say that dropping tons of money on a big DSLR camera is definitely not necessary for taking beautiful blog photos. You can get really gorgeous pictures just by using your smart phone – here are the rules I would follow if I was only able to use a phone for my blog photos.

How To Take Blog Photos On Your Phone

Chase The Light | By “chase the light”, I mean go to wherever your natural light source is. Phone cameras are already a bit grainier than DSLRs, so try to use bright, natural light whenever possible to get the best photos. If you’re inside, try to get as close to an uncovered window as possible. Outside? Find some shade under a tree or awning so you can still get a well-lit photo without having harsh sunlight directly on your subject (this also means turn that flash off!). Also, magic hour (about an hour before the sun completely sets) is called magic for a reason – utilize it when you can.

Try Different Angles | Ones you’ve got your photo set up, make sure to try out different angles and photo sizes to get the best shot. Maybe the overhead flatlay of your makeup bag contents doesn’t look quite right as a 5×8, but cropped to a square it looks killer. Or perhaps an overhead shot of your new boots isn’t the best angle, and they’d look much better up against the wall with the camera directly in front of them and level with the floor. It really all depends on what style and look your going for with your blog photography, so try as many ideas out as possible so you’re sure to get the best possible shot.

Hold Still | I’ve said this when talking about taking blog photos on a camera, and I think it’s just as important (if not more so) with using your phone as your main camera since the pictures can become blurry and grainy more easily. It’s super important to hold as still as possible when shooting photos on your phone so that they turn out sharp, clear, and focused. If you need to, think about investing in a tripod or remote for your phone so you can get blog-worthy photos.

Tap To Focus | One thing that some people might not know is that you can tap the screen of your phone right before taking a photo to focus in on a certain area. This can be especially helpful if you’re going for that blurred out background look – just tap on whatever is closest to the phone and it will help that become in focus while everything else behind it will become a bit blurred out.

Always Edit | I think there’s a bit of a stigma around editing photos, like you’re not supposed to edit them or you’re being “fake”. While I don’t advocate photoshopping your face to hell and back, I do think every photo, whether taken on a small phone or a big camera, needs to be edited at least a little bit to correct lighting and color issues. Some of my favorite photo editing apps are A Color StorySnapseedAfterlight, and VSCO. Whenever I edit my photos, I always make sure to add some brightness, contrast, clarity, and sharpness, and then I’ll play around with saturation, temperature, tint, and midtone color if the overall color of my photo is a little off. Each picture is different, so you may need to do more editing on one than on another – practice and edit a bunch of different photos until you find what works best for your style/brand.

Do you have any little tricks for phone photography?

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  • Melanie from Toots & Dill Blog

    There is this magical room in my office with a granite counter top island to lay out special projects. It has phenomenal lighting and tons of the space, so I bring whatever I want to photograph to work and do it after hours. It’s pretty funny because people at work think I’m working on something for school. Hehe.

    May 20, 2018 at 9:24 pm Reply
  • Julia

    I often take blog photos with my phone now – the quality is almost better than my camera, which means I should get a new camera soon haha! These tips are really good and I do most of these when I take my photos, especially trying different angles and play around with the focus!

    Julia x
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    May 21, 2018 at 3:53 pm Reply
  • Natalie Ann Redman

    Yep, love chasing the light! It’s the best tip I think for taking good quality photos.

    May 21, 2018 at 4:11 pm Reply
  • Danielle Alexa

    Such a great blog post, I have had to rely on my phone so many times!

    Danielle xx

    May 23, 2018 at 12:28 pm Reply
  • Laurel

    Wonderful post and I agree with your tips! Some of the best photos are taken at a moments notice and usually with your cellphone!

    May 23, 2018 at 1:15 pm Reply
  • Chloe

    I always take photos on my phone because I think phone cameras nowadays are of such a high quality, that you don’t even need to invest ni a camera! Good tips!
    Chloe X http://chloelxuise.com

    May 24, 2018 at 4:06 am Reply
  • Paula

    Love this and I actually do a lot of this already which is reassuring haha x


    May 24, 2018 at 8:00 am Reply
  • Janay

    These are great tips, I only recently started to edit my pictures and I’ve noticed such a difference already

    May 25, 2018 at 2:27 am Reply
  • Khadija

    Love this! Such great tips! I’ve been sticking to taking photos on my phone for now until I invest in a camera!
    KHVDIJA | http://www.khvdija.co.uk

    May 26, 2018 at 9:02 am Reply
  • Alex

    Since I started editing my pictures their quality increased so much ! I couldn’t believe it could make such a difference

    May 27, 2018 at 9:40 am Reply
  • Lenne Zulkiflly

    I basically do all of them because smart phone is my only equipment for taking blog photos. Snapseed and VSCO are my favorite editing apps!

    Lenne Zulkiflly Blog

    May 27, 2018 at 11:58 am Reply
  • Rukh AZ

    Very helpful post.
    I love the press and hold to focus feature on my phone. It takes a lot better pictures compared to the regular ones.

    June 25, 2018 at 7:28 am Reply
  • Gabriella W

    You blog is gorgeous! I never thought that snapseed would be such a good editing app until this post. Thank you!

    July 23, 2018 at 11:22 am Reply
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