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Don’t have a fancy schmancy camera, but want professional, beautiful pics for your blog? You don’t need to look any further than your iPhone. And if you want to win a DSLR, enter to win here!
I’ve been posting about iPhone pictures a lot lately- don’t worry, I haven’t abandoned my DSLR- but the #1 thing I get asked to cover is how to take great photos with the equipment you already have- and smartphones are everywhere!
While the advice below is aimed at iPhone-ography, you can easily use these tips for a point and shoot, and a DSLR. If you’d like to know more about the apps I use for my pictures, please check out this post!
The photos below show the lightboxes and backdrops in the conditions I use them in- so you can see how harsh and uneven the light is when I take my photos and how I use the equipment to even them out and look better, like the photo above!
First off, making a lightbox, or ordering one like mine is really helpful. Lightboxes can help to filter and magnify light (and come with portable mini lights to help illuminate your craft from all angles). I use a Kaezi soft lightbox, and set it up next to a window. In the picture below you can see how it’s set up- I actually had one of the lightbox walls set up in between the glass and the window to filter some of the light as it was shining directly in from the west.
For more on how I use a lightbox in my photography, clickhere.
(wow harsh light! that sun washes out colors- so the soft white wall helps cut it and give a “shade” look for vibrant colors)
Can you see in the lower right corner how the light not shielded by the lightbox is incredibly harsh? If I didn’t have it set to filter the light, the project would have been completely washed out. If the sun wasn’t shining directly through the window, however, I would set the lightbox so that the wall was up on the other side- reflecting more light onto it from the sun shining in and bouncing off the white wall.
If it is darker in your room, most lightboxes also come with small portable lights you can set up behind your lightbox walls to illuminate the project from the sides. You can set these up to either shine through the white walls, or directly at the project, depending on how you want your shadows to fall or what you want to illuminate.
You can also make your own light reflector to increase light to your projects. You’d be surprised how big a difference this can make, especially when using an iPhone!
If you want a gorgeous shot, you can also find these awesome mini drops from backdropsandfloors.com. I recently ordered 6 mini drops- they are a perfect price to have a few great backdrops on hand and are a great size for craft photography, since you don’t often need a huge backdrop. I love to switch them out quickly to change my look!
You can order any backdrop as a minidrop- so fabulous! They are high quality and don’t give off any shine.
I had just hung the drops here- you need to be sure to smooth them after you hang them. I use clips to secure them to the top of my lightbox, and then smooth them and make small adjustments to eliminate the bubbles and bumps you can get otherwise (see above photo).
While the backdrops look fabulous with a DSLR and wide open aperture, they also look great with point and shoot cameras and smartphone cameras!
I simply set my glass a few inches in front of the backdrop, got my iPhone almost level to it, and took a snap! It is as easy as that. And while yes, this pic would look even better with my dslr, I think it looks great!
With the right staging, and a few simple tools, you can have a pin-worthy setup for your iPhone pics that look professional-quality- without the price!
What are your favorite ways to dress up iPhone pictures? What props do you use? Let me know in the comments!
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