Even though I’m a professional photographer, I just don’t want to bring my gear with me every where I go!
Using these quick and easy tips, learn how to shoot and edit better-looking images with your smart phone! Check out my Instagram grid and see if you can pick out which photos were taken with my iPhone.
Smart phone photos aren’t going to be comparable to photos taken with professional gear, but there are some tricks you can use to up your camera-phone game!
Here are my top three locations for getting great, even light in your phone photos:
1. Inside: Window Light
2. Outside: Shade
3. Outside: Face Your Shadow
If there are obtrusive objects (or people) in your photo, you may be able to remove them using the TouchRetouch app. I love this app!! It’s $1.99 on iTunes and well worth it!
Simply use the brush or lasso tool to remove the unwanted object and POOF! It’s gone! It may not be perfect the first time, so tap the back arrow to try again. Some images may take some time and patience, but keep trying! I was able to remove all of these people from a photo during a girls’ trip to the Seven Magic Mountains exhibit in Las Vegas last summer. You’ll also see that we were facing our shadows (aka backlighting). I used another app (read below) to make additional edits to the photo.
Putting a filter on a photo is so 2012 😉 Even Instagram allows you to make custom edits to your pics before posting them, and I use their editing options all the time!
When you’re about to post a photo, click Edit in the lower right hand corner next to the Filter options. There, you can edit the brightness, shadows, contrast, tilt, crop, and more! Play around with it to find your preferable style!
If you’re interested in a separate app just for editing, I love ColorStory! And if you’re in need of an app that helps to smooth skin and lighten under-eye circles, then download the BeautyPlus app–just promise me that you won’t overdo it. Less is more 😉
ColorStory and Beauty Plus are free on iTunes but offer in-app purchases for extra features.
If you need clarification or help with any of the above tips, please comment below!
And I’d love to see your before & afters if these tricks helped you!
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