Although I’m not an expert, I don’t have the best knowledge and I could certainly improve in places, I really love photography. Since having a blog and experimenting with flatlays, travel shots and more, I’ve developed an eye for shots when I see them. The problem is, if I see a potential shot and don’t have my DSLR or good old Olympus Pen handy, it could be an issue. Enters the iPhone.
By no means is the iPhone the greatest phone with the greatest camera, of course everyone has their own opinions and preferences, but since upgrading my phone I feel my photography has upgraded with it.
The iPhone’s portrait mode has been my saviour over the past few months, especially on those days I don’t have a camera with me. Now the question is, is my photography improving just by using my phone and not my cameras? Maybe, maybe not. But, its certainly allowing me to take a lot more shots and experiment more.
That’s the key here – experiment.
Since getting my new phone (it’s the iPhone 8 plus for anyone wondering) I’ve noticed a lot more content being created and also a lot more variety in my photography. Before my new phone I would have dedicated shoot days for my blog and that would mean I didn’t switch up my flatlay background quite enough as I’d have one particular background or prop preference for that day. I used to create a small setup and take a tonne of (admittedly) very similar shots all in one go. Now I have my phone handy, if I see a shadow on a surface in the house or have a sudden urge to take a photo on the go for the blog or socials, I can do that. Switch on portrait mode and I’m good to go.
I’ve noticed I’ve been experimenting more with fashion content to as if I see somewhere I’d like to take an outfit for Instagram then I can. I’m also not the most confident in front of the camera so an unexpected shoot can always work out so much better and more natural than a setup shoot.
Overtime I’ve learnt that my phone isn’t good for only one style of photography, the portrait mode offers the ability for a variety of different styles.
When using my iPhone for flatlays I tend to setup the products facing towards the nearest light source, usually windows, which means there’s less editing to do afterwards. The portrait mode on the iPhone isn’t quite as zoomed as say the Olympus 45mm or Canon 50mm lens, so you can be a little closer to the object. This is great for those with a small space to shoot in like myself, as it means you can put more in the shot or not have to be a million steps back.
I find the portrait mode works best for flatlays or product shots when there’s something else in the shot so you can see the blur and focus on the object of choice. The touch focus makes life so easy to. Just tap on the object you want to focus on and job is done.
One thing though, always keep the phone as still as possible as it makes the shot so much sharper and crisp.
Of course it isn’t me behind the camera when it comes to fashion shots, but the iPhone is so handy for those times you’re walking along a street and stumble upon the ideal backdrop. Instead of having to lug around a camera when you’re out, you can just whip your iPhone out and be shooting within seconds.
Again, these type of shots work best with a still hand and tapping on the person in the shot to create that enhanced sharpness and blurred background.
INTERIORS AND EXTERIORS
Anyone else a sucker for a good interior? Because same.
When I’m out for food, a drink or simply lust over a bathrooms interior, I always get out my iPhone. Again, its quick and easy and I’d be silly not to.
If the area you’re in has quite a lot of open space and there’s a large area you want to photograph, the portrait mode works really well. Just the same as if you want to take a shot of a drink, food, lights or some small interior accessories.
Just bare in mind that the portrait mode doesn’t work the best in low/poor lighting, but it does work well with flash. If you don’t like to use flash I tend to just use Lightroom to up the exposure and improve the white balance. However, I sometimes quite like the effect of flash, like how it was used here.
For exterior shots the camera works even better due to the better lighting. I love to whip out my phone and snap away whilst I’m out and about. If you can get the right angles the iPhone camera can be incredible for exterior/architectural photos. If you’re trying to get a whole building in you do have to stand quite a way back with portrait mode on but my god does it look good.
I’m really not sure if people have noticed or not, but the majority of my blog and Instagram content lately has come from my iPhone and I’m pretty proud of the images. I tend to use VSCO or Lightroom and soon I will share my favourite editing techniques and whatnot here on the blog. I actually feel my iPhone pictures only need the same amount of editing as my professional camera shots, which says a lot.
Are there any tips you’d recommend for taking photos on the iPhone?