Blog Photography Phone Tips
Wed 18th, Jul, 2012
Good Afternoon Beach Cottage friends, some iPhone photography / iphoneography tips for you in Beach Cottage Land today….I was recently at a blog conference and the question I was asked most was how to take good photos, do I need a fancy schmancy DSLR and how do I process my shots? Well you certainly DO NOT need a fancy camera to blog with….
When I started blogging I had an old Sony that was held together with Sellotape and only worked every other shot because of the batteries….looking back that was the best thing that happened with my photography, because it made me move my feet, look at compostion and get different perspective on the same scene…
Then I got my Big Girls Camera and the whole world changed overnight, I about lapped up all that it could do….you rarely saw me without that dirty great thing strapped to my backside….and although I love that girlfriend like another baby it now is more brought out for when I am on a Photography Walk, when I want to play around with settings and learn one of its features or when it is a beautiful day with Photography written all over it…
…and we now have come full circle again, where I find myself snapping away with my iPhone and learning with that…
So I was asked what do I do to my photos for my look and could I do a Photoshop Action for it….hmmm that would be very interesting because I don’t use Photoshop, I know I probably should, I know it would make my photos better…but there is only so much time in the day that this old lady has and loading into Photoshop and more learning how to use that scary looking thing, isn’t part of it.
But, I do post-process, normally on the regular Mac photo editor or the same on my laptop, and I always process an iPhone photo – some people cannot abide the way I like my photos to look and I am pretty sure that most real photographers see them as very amateur….I have to say I struggled with post-processing for a while… it’s a bit like the whole ‘adding a filter’ thing to your photos, some photographers hate that…but now, as is usual with me, I think stuff what anyone else thinks, go with the flow and just do what I love ….and for a Beach Cottage ocean / coastal / seaside scene taken on an iPhone that would be bright, saturated and glowing. Baby.
So here below is what I do ..
he we have two shots of virtually the same scene without any processing
and the finished product here…
as you can see not a huge amount of difference but the finished product is definitely better in my opinion…
…below is what I have learnt as I have gone along and what I tend to do now…
iPhone Blog Photography Tips
1. First of all I will normally take two shots of the same scene….
Things are always different even in a shot like this one which doesn’t have much going on…as you can see the first shot on the left has people walking and the second shot has different people. Shot 2 also has more sand….side by side it looks hardly as if there is any difference but in Shot 2 there is a slightly larger amount of sand ….Shot 1 is probably better in proportion and on the eye works more comfortably with the photography thirds rule…but Shot 2 gets what I was trying to capture which was the track marks in the sand and the expanse of sand with no-one sitting on it.
So two shots of the same scene will give you some room to play
2. Up the sharpness
I always do this with an iPhone photo, not if I am using my Big Girl’s camera, but my phone photos need it… this makes the iPhone shots more crisp and sharp (obviously). I always do this first and you have to be careful not to go too heavy as the photos can be pixelated and yucky.
3. Lower the temperature
I nearly always go cooler with my photography, I like them cool and light looking and yes on a ‘warm’ scene like this too, that’s the look I like – but play around with the temperature and see what you like…push it up and down and have a go of different looks.
If your shot involves people, watch the colour of their skin and look for any colours that might look odd either too warm or too cool…on seaside shots you don’t want blue sand or people with green skin
I like my iPhone photos heavily saturated, it’s the Beach Cottage look, (if I am using Instagram or doing one of the Instagram challenges I don’t bother with this I use a filter to do all the hard work)…I nearly always up the saturation …however, you have to be careful, and depending what you are taking a photo of it can go wrong ….for example in this shot with too much saturation the sand will go too yellow…so I just fiddle with it until I get a look I like
I nearly always bump the contrast up a little bit to make the photo pop…however I do sometimes also turn the contrast right down depending on the look I am after – this mostly happens if there is a lot of cloud around and the light at the beach is soft…
Mostly my iphone pics will need a straighten, it’s not easy to see clearly, especially on a bright sunny day so I will nearly always need to tweak this a bit..
And then of course there are the filters that you can use in the Instagram app…I LOVE playing around with these and spend way too long, in my little life, trying to decided, excruciatingly, as if I was about to make a decision that would change World peace, on what filter to use with my photo…yep my life really is that exciting…
Below are my favourite filters on Instagram – see how different the same pic looks…which one do you prefer????
Now please leave me any tips you have and your favourite ways to get good shots with your phone…simple little easy ones!
I did another post on Iphone and iphoneography here last year…more on how to actually use the phone as a camera and tips to get the best shots rather than processing
Any good apps out there I need to know about?