Wednesday, October 30, 2013


i get a lot of questions on instagram about what camera and editing software i use. when i tell them i shoot with my iphone 5, the common response is really? yes, really! all of the pictures above were shot with a cell phone, people! technology has come a long way in the last ten years. the dawn of instagram revealed a new avenue of photography i like to call iphoneography. i do have a dslr, but you do not have to buy an expensive, fancy-schmancy camera to get quality photos. in my opinion, photographing with an iphone is harder than shooting with a dslr.
in any case, it's not about what you're using, it's about what you see. perspective is one of my favorite aspects of photography.
 i am by no means an expert, but i have learned a thing or two about how to get better iphone pictures:

- light is your best friend. make sure the light is behind your subject or else it will wash out the subject and cause harsh shadows. the first and last pictures above were shot right before the sun set, which is referred as the golden hour. the light during this time is superb. 

- zooming is not your best friend. as soon as you press that little slider, kiss image quality goodbye.

- get down. not as in bust a move. (actually, get down with ya bad self, and then proceed.) but get down, literally, on the ground. it makes for an interesting perspective. fyi: it's easier to take ground-level shots by flipping the phone upside down.

- hold still. who wants to see a blurry picture? not me. stand/kneel in a position that allows you to be completely stable.

- tap the screen for better focus. this is huge in my book. whether it's a flower or a tree or my cat or the sky, i always, always tap the screen so the iphone will focus on the subject.

editing apps: i use VSCOcam for 99% of my shots. it's the best out there, hands down.
apps that add text and overlays: a beautiful mess, rhonna designs, and over are my favs.
for macro shots (the raindrop images above), i use the olliclip macro lens. it's three lenses in one.
i print my iphone/instagram photos using the postal pix app. [featured]

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