Photo 101: Taking great pictures with your iPhone

Today is our awesome monthly feature, Photo 101, which is all about photography!  It has been a big hit with you gorgeous ladies, and I am so happy to be answering your photo-related questions again and sharing a few tips along the way!!     Each month, we will talk about various topics, such as: being a mom with a camera, where to print you images, photo storage, and much more!

This month is all about taking pictures with your iPhone!  So, here are my top 5 favorite pro tips for getting better or even GREAT pictures with your iPhone!

Tip 1: Position your subjects in Open Shade

Lighting is everything when photographing, and open shade is always best if you want a high quality image!   🙂 If you have noticed, I do this with my kids in a lot of my Instagram pictures! 🙂

Tip 2: Clean the lens of your iPhone camera before you take the picture

So, I know this sounds simple, but I can’t tell you how many times I have been asked to take pictures of someone with their phone and their lens is so dirty!  This affects the crisp looking nature of the image, so remember to clean your lens. 🙂  This is so simple, but it can make a huge difference in how your images look!!

Tip 3: Open the Blinds or Shutters to let more light in an Indoor Space

Your camera operates best when it has light, so open up the windows for a better quality photo.  Also, move closer to the window for a stronger source of light.  🙂

Tip 4: Face your subject toward the source of light, so the picture isn’t too dark

Speaking of light, face your subjects toward the light!  If your light source is coming from behind the source, your image will look too dark. 🙂

Tip 5: Use the Adjustment Settings on your phone to fine tune any Errors

On most iPhones, there is an adjustment button when you pull up a photo in your camera roll.  You can adjust the Brightness, Contrast, and Saturation using this.  So, if your photo needs a little help, you can play with it here!

What questions would you like for to answer in future Photo 101 posts?  Leave your ideas in the comments!

To see past Photo 101 Posts:

Printing and Framing photos

Photo Storage on your Computer

Happy Monday, y’all!! XOXO N

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13 replies

  1. That floral background on your graphic is SO cute! GREAT tips! Sometimes I just get so rushed to take the pictures and afterwards I’m frustrated I didn’t take more time thinking about the light/positioning and such. A little lesson for me to slow down…even when picture taking. 🙂


  2. Thank you!! I always take photos with my phone but always insist on retaking with my big camera and it drives my husband crazy!😜 Maybe I can stop doing that ALL the time now!


  3. Yes! Clean the camera lens! I have to do this every several days. I also like to tap on the phone screen to find the best light. I have no idea how or why this works, but I like it!


  4. I had been complaining about my pictures not turning out very good, and my husband suggested cleaning the lens. I had never thought about that! It made a huge difference! These are great tips!


  5. These tips were very helpful. I keep saying that my phone takes awesome outdoor photos, but blurry indoor photos. It’s all about the lighting. But, what about grainy photos…am I just not hitting the screen to focus before snapping? I get so frustrated…. again, its only like that with indoor photos. Thanks


  6. Good tips. I have found the app Pic-Tap-Go is great for editing your iphone pictures. It is inexpensive and can really brighten up and improve your pictures.


    • Oh, you are right. That is confusing! So, I think that diagram has the sun there to illustrate the shade–if the sun was on the other side of the wall, then it would be straight sun on that wall which means squinty eyes and such. does that make sense?


    • One more thing I thought of–if you view the light in relation to the subject in the picture–you will see that the subject is facing toward where the sunlight falls in front of him. So, he is placed in shade, but toward the light in an indirect way. If the sun was directly on his face, it would be too bright–or if you turned him to face the wall, the shot would be too dark. Hope this helps! Xo


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