How to click photos for your blog using your iPhone camera

Jun 08 2016

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As you know, one of my favorite things to do each month is to create a stock photo pack for you guys. Since launching Creative Convex, I have released six photo packs for bloggers and creatives to use in their blogs and businesses. I just sent out this month’s photo pack – Creative Florals and you can download it here.

However, this month’s photo pack is extra special ‘cuz it was shot entirely with iPhone 6. I typically use my Canon 6D DSLR for all my stock photo packs, but this time I wanted to try something different. I truly believe that you can do great photography using just your iPhone and so, I decided to set up a photoshoot and go all in with my iPhone. It was exciting to exploit as well as explore the hidden powers of the iPhone camera – no wonder it is the most popular camera in the world! Here’s a snapshot of the pictures that I shot using the iPhone for the photo pack!

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How to take high quality photos using your iPhone

Although shooting an entire photo pack with an iPhone seemed intimidating at first, here are some tips that helped me create this month’s stock photo pack and I hope this will help you take your own stock photos using your iPhone camera too!

1. Understand your iPhone camera:

I think its more important to know what you can do with the camera you have in your hand than getting an expensive, high end camera. The iPhone camera is high quality and also happens to be the most popular camera in the whole world. Its a huge misconception that the iPhone camera cannot be used for serious photography. I use the iPhone 6 which has an 8MP front camera that results in high resolution photos of 3000 pixels. These images are high resolution enough to use on retina display screens on full width website pages.

However, to shoot great photos with your iPhone, you need to understand how it works first. Explore the camera settings, play around with the controls and take lots of photos to see what works. Here are my top two tips for you:

The first tip is to shoot in Photo mode. I am aware that you can shoot photos on the iPhone camera in square mode, but when you are shooting stock photos for your blog, make sure to shoot in the photo mode. This gives you a larger scene space to work with and also results in larger file size that works best for your blog photos.

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My second tip would be to hold the camera horizontally. By default, we tend to hold the camera in vertical mode. But depending on the scene you are trying to shoot, it might be best to hold the camera in landscape or horizontal mode, just like you would hold a point and shoot. This helps in stabilizing the image.

I created a comprehensive guide of the apps and equipment you need to shoot photos on your iPhone camera. You can download it right here.

2. Follow the light:

Follow the light is such a clichéd phrase when it comes to photography, but it can’t be more true. Lighting is obviously the most important thing you need for good photography, and with an iPhone its even more so. The quality of the iPhone camera is amazing, but its hard to make up for poor lighting conditions. Now, this is not to say that you need the sun shining bright into your house; in fact, bright sunlight isn’t really ideal for photography. Instead I love the soft light on an overcast day to shoot my photos.

However, you need a good light source for your photography. Find a window in your house next to which you can setup your scene. If you live in the basement or don’t have enough light inside the house, go outside. Try the patio or the balcony. You don’t really need a lot of space, really! Another thing you could do is to use a reflector.

Here in my setup below, there is a huge window on the left of the table from where I get ample light. I have a cardboard reflector placed to the right ( facing opposite to the window) to reflect the light back onto the scene. This way you can increase the amount of light on the setup and get better lighting for your photos.

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3. Improve the composition:

Switch on the grid on your iPhone camera to improve the composition of your photos. By using the grid, you can implement the Rule of thirds for better composition. Not just that, you can also align your scene to the grid and avoid getting crooked photos.

I wrote a detailed tutorial on implementing the rule of thirds on your iPhone camera, you can read it here : How to improve your composition by using the Rule of thirds.

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4. Use editing apps:

With the amount of editing apps available for the iPhone, there really isn’t anything you can’t do to improve your photos. You can fix the lighting, composition, colors – just about anything using editing apps. Heck yes, you can even remove stuff like dust, unwanted objects from your photo!

For editing this photo pack, I used my favorite editing app – Snapseed to edit all of my photos. It really worked wonders for my photos.

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Here’s the before and after for editing with snapseed. Magic eh? 😉

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5. Manage Storage:

I usually take about 200 – 300 photos during a photoshoot and I wanted to make sure my iPhone doesn’t complain with “Your iPhone storage is full”. I often get that error while I’am in the midst of taking photos and it annoys the heck out of me. So I upgraded to 50GB iCloud storage to store my iPhone photos. I highly recommend getting the iCloud storage as it is pretty affordable at just $0.99/month. Having enough space on the iPhone while shooting photos for your blog and business is an important check to do before a photoshoot.

Did you know you can take high quality stock photos for your blog using your iPhone? Its easy , quick and doesn't cost you anything! Click here to learn more about how to shoot amazing pictures for your business using your iPhone! >>What I learnt:

I’ll be honest with you, before I started shooting photos with my iPhone around 8 months ago, I never thought you could get DSLR-quality photos with an iPhone. But now, after I’ve learnt how to use the iPhone camera and its capabilities, I completely believe that you can take professional photos using your iPhone camera too. And here’s why you should too!

Make sure to download the iPhone apps and equipment guide right here.

Now its your turn!

What are your thoughts on taking photos with your iPhone? Did you like the photos of this month’s photo pack? As always, I ‘d love to hear your thoughts – so let’s get chatting in the comments!

What do you think about shooting blog photos on an iPhone? Leave me a comment below!

  • Great post! Thanks for all these helpful tips.

    • My pleasure, glad to hear that Kathrine 🙂 Absolutely love your IG feed too! Thank you so much!

  • Your floral photo pack was gorgeous! My iPhone camera has been my main camera for years now, and I’m always pretty happy with the pictures I get from it while traveling and hiking and whatnot. But to learn that you created these incredible stock photos from an iPhone? Amazing!!

    • Hey Robyn! 🙂 So glad to hear that you use your iPhone the most. What are you favorite editing apps? I am curious!

      • I honestly just use the built in Apple photo app to edit. Probably not the best, but then I don’t have to worry about duplicate copies of the photos in my camera roll. I have used VSCO and Afterlight before though, both for editing and filters. I haven’t used it much yet, but I recently downloaded ColorStory for filters too. They’re focused on bright and colourful filters and they seem pretty good. 🙂

        • Ah! I ve heard a lot about color story – need to bite the bullet! Also try Snapseed – its truly amazing! Thanks Robyn! x

  • I am so excited about your iPhone photo guide. I would love to be able to take pictures like that with my iPhone!

    • Hey Tanya! I am excited to get that guide to you early next week – so excited for it! Wohoo 🙂 Let me know if you have a specific question! 🙂

      • Hi Chaitra, Yay! I can’t wait! I guess my biggest problem is trying to get my photos looking bright. I’d love to see your process in snapseed to go from that before to after. ????

        • Perfect, I ll get working on a bog post for editing soon Tanya! 🙂

  • Karlene Arthur

    I am in love with the latest photo pack. I’m a lover of photog but a complete novice and appreciate so much your tips.

    • Thanks so much Karlene 🙂 Glad you like it. I ll be sharing more tips in the coming weeks, stay tuned. Is there anything particular you’d like to learn about?

      • Karlene Arthur

        When I try to mess with Exposure, Saturation, etc. it’s all Greek, so yea, that! I use the Camera+ app to edit. Looks great on the phone but doesn’t not always translate when posting the images to my blog.

        • Thanks Karlene 🙂 I ll definitely write blog posts about managing exposure. Also I love the camera + app too! Have you tried saving the images in the full size format? Do they become dull when you upload them to the blog?

          • Karlene Arthur

            Yes, Chaitra, that is exactly how I’d describe it – dull! I will check out the “full size format”. I usually pull it into to Canva to add text, etc. When I bring it back out, it sometimes looks wonky uploaded to my blog, if that makes sense. Thanks for your suggestions.

  • You have given me lots to think about. I have to admit I am a vertical holder with square shot. My goal this month will be to use the full photo and hold horizontally. Wish me luck! 😀

    • Hey Moe 🙂 So greta to hear that! Yes, it may be difficult at first to hold it horizontally, but you’ll get used to it 🙂 Let me know how it goes, I am excited !

  • I shoot with my iPhone camera all the time as well! I recently upgraded to the 6S, and I’ve noticed that I shoot a lot more when I’m out.

    I only wish I’d bought it before my big trip last month, as I didn’t take too many pictures then – lugging my Canon 60D around was too much work!

    Angelina Is | Bloglovin’

    • Hey Angelina! How are you? I am so happy to see your comment! Ah yes iPhone is the best specially while travelling. Can’t beat the light weight and pocket fit bonuses 😀

      How was your trip? Where did you travel? x

  • I take all my photos with my iPhone or iPad. At first my pictures were so-so, but after reading some blogs, including yours, I learned some tricks that helped make my photos look better. If I use good lighting, take my time and use a good editing app my pictures look like they’ve been taken with a DSLR camera.

    • Hi Leah! Yayyy SO good to hear that! Cheers to iPhone photos – you can do a lot with the proper lighting and editing. What are some of your fav iphone apps?

      • My favs right now are the Photoshop and Lightroom apps. With them I can easily brighten my images.

        • Ah Photoshop is an all time favorite 🙂 I want to check out Lightroom now!

  • Thank you for this! I use my iPhone all the time and find the Mac software is great for editing, but I can’t wait to try out Snapseed now!

    • Yes Snapseed is awesome and FREE 🙂 You should totally try it Heather! Let me know how you like it!

  • Glam By Farah

    I use your photos on my blog and I love them. Always a pleasure to your photo pack in my inbox. I am definitely going to try using my iPhone 6 as per your tips here. As always very informative and helpful. Thanks and keep inspiring(as you inspire me)

    • Thank you so much Farah! I am excited to follow with your iPhone journey – please share your pictures with us here!

  • Raquel Nakila

    I actually take most of my blog photos with my iPhone and after editing, they come out with really good quality.

    • I agree! Editing makes such a huge difference Isn’t it? 🙂 Raquel, what are the editing apps you use?

  • Hey Chaitra,
    I am loving my pics on iPhone.. They come out extremely well. I use vsco cam for editing n picsart for watermark ????

    • Wohoo 🙂 So glad its working out so great for you Rajani! Thanks for the watermark idea 🙂

      • Raquel Nakila

        Oh just my iPhone’s built in editor or my mac’s.

      • I am gonna try snapseed now.. Waiting for your iPhone photo guide

  • I’m split about 50/50 in shooting for my food blog. About half I take with a Nikon, the other half I use my iPhone and frankly, I tend to prefer the iPhone photos. Do you use an app when you’re shooting like Camera + ?

    • Hi Jennifer! So glad to hear you prefer the iPhone camera. I do like the Camera + app, but for this particular photo pack I did not use it. I just used the native iPhone camera app for shooting. I use Camera+ only when the lighting conditions aren’t great! Do you like to use Camera+?

  • Thank you so much for sharing these with us, and having made them with an iPhone 6!! It’s very inspiring and encouraging to know that with an iPhone 6, THIS is possible…. thank you!! I just used your photo in IG today. THANKS TO MUCH!!

    Jessica || Cubicle Chic

    • Hi Jessica! Thanks for the wonderful words 🙂 I am glad to hear that! Do you use your iPhone for instagram ?

      • Most of the time I use my iPhone but I also do photo shoots with a professional photographer with a real camera 🙂

  • Sarah Arnold

    Beautiful photos! Do you have any tips for shooting videos on an iPhone6+?

    • Hi Sarah! Thanks so much 🙂 I think when it comes to video, using a tripod would really help stabilize the scene and avoid blurs! Also avoid flash and zoom to improve the quality!

      • Sarah Arnold

        Thank you Chaitra! I was planning to buy a tripod so that confirms it 🙂 I have two shops on Etsy so I never use a flash but also have a ballet blog and want to start making videos for that 🙂 That helps!

        • Awesome 🙂 Let me know how the video thing goes – I am curious! Good luck Sarah 🙂

  • This is amazing! Thank you! There are so many guides for how to take better photos for Instagram/blogs, and they all require fancy cameras, but some of us don’t have that kind of money. I’ll definitely be sharing this in my monthly wrap-up post and on Twitter. 🙂

    • That’s so kind of you Dani! Thank you so much! Please share your wrap up post with me 🙂

  • This looks so wonderful! I love phone photography too! I even wrote a post about that 🙂 But I think I willl still stick yo my DSRL 🙂

    • 🙂 Ha ha! It all depends on preferences Chelsea 🙂

  • I think these are great ideas and I always get the message storage is full although I bought 50GB icloud space when I got the phone. What should my settings on the iphone be to get the pics on the cloud and maybe less on the phone?

  • I love that you did this! I think iPhones are really great and so many bloggers apologize for “only having iPhone photos” when there’s nothing wrong with it.
    I’m excited to see what kind of camera will come with the iPhone 7 this fall.

    • 🙂 Me too! excited to see the i7 camera! Thanks for reading Angie – and yes there is absolutely no need to apologize for iPhone photos anymore – I agree 🙂

  • ElleCWolfe

    Thanks for this, I don’t have a DSLR so always looking for good photo tips!

    • yay! Hope this helps Elle – let me know if you want to learn about anything in specific!

  • Joyce

    I always shoot vertical and square but that is primarily because I notice that when I put the images into my blog and then share the post to Facebook the image shows up sideways on Facebook in the FB post. Do you know why that is? I’d love to use the full size sideways but it messes up my images to FB. 🙁

    • Hi Joyce! You can shoot in horizontal and always rotate the photo before uploading it to FB. Make sure to rotate it while editing before uploading to FB – that should solve your problem 🙂 Let me know!

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