I get questions all the time about what camera I use, how I edit my photos, and what apps and filters are my favorite. I always use my Canon EOS M3 or my iphone. Now if you see me in the photos chance are I put down my selfie stick (just kidding, I don’t have one of those) and had Amy work her magic. Amy shared a list of photography tips on a previous post you can check out here, but since Amy can’t follow us around day in and day out I’m forced to put her tips and my own skills to work. I don’t have a whole lot of secrets, but here’s my quick and easy checklist for taking and editing iphone photos. Scroll down for a note if you’re looking for more information on using your actual camera and feel free to comment with any questions!
1. First and foremost, make sure your screen and lens are clean. Seems simple? I get so many finger prints on every surface of my phone and that can absolutely affect the quality of the images I get. I used whoosh to get my phone sparkling clean!
2. Tap the screen where you want to focus and work with whatever natural light when you can. The iphone doesn’t allow for a ton control so when I’m using the phone I try to find a spot with the best lighting possible. 3. Set up your shot. This comes in handy a bit more when I’m taking food photos and what not, not necessarily when I’m capturing the naturally occurring expressions on Owen’s face, but regardless – if you can step back and see the shot as a whole you will be able to take a few shots rather than 100. 😉 4. Import your photo to VSCO. I’m sure there are dozens of great editing apps out there, but I’ve been using this one since the beginning. 5. Select the second icon on the tools bar. This will allow you to adjust your image. 6. I typically adjust the exposure, contrast and clarity! On occasion I will also adjust the temperature, shadows, and highlights, but I didn’t here. 7. I try to avoid cropping my images because it tends to make them more pixelated than I would like, but for this one my dang finger was in the left corner so today I’m cropping! 8. Go back to the tool bar and select the first icon for filters. I think I’ve purchased almost all the filters VSCO has to offer, and 99.9% of the time I go with this one.. A6! 9. Once the photo is complete I save it to my camera roll before uploading to instagram. 10. VSCO used to provide a set up like you see here so you could map out your feed a bit, but they recently updated and redesigned their interface. Snug lets you get a little preview before you upload to instagram.
And that’s that! Now like I said earlier, I am not necessarily a professional – I get lots of help capturing our family and lifestyle from Amy Frances who is truly an invaluable resource. For those of you looking to improve your photography skills in the New York area she will be hosting a workshop on August 27th! Space is super limited so snag a seat while you can. Purchase your ticket and get a little more information here. I hope to meet some of you lovely folks there!
Photos of Owen and I by the one and only, Amy Frances.