How To Up Your iPhone Photography Game.

iPhone photography is something I am extremely interested in due to the accessibility and how easy it is to just whip out your phone and take a photograph. I almost feel ashamed to say that I don’t take my camera with me everywhere I go. Sometimes I change bags and simply just forget or more likely, unless I am planning on doing some shooting that day, I can’t be bothered to carry a heavy lump of technology around with me. My Canon 6D is my go to camera these days and honestly, it’s not the lightest.

I do this crazy thing, where I also feel bad for my Fuji XPro-1 if I take my Canon out without it, and I feel like this with all my cameras so now, If one goes, so do the other 2.

However, with my iPhone, I don’t see it as a ‘camera’ as such. It’s my phone so just like most people it comes with me everywhere, and guilt free as I am not worrying about my other camera’s feeling left out.

iPhone photography is a lot more convenient in more ways than one, I think we would all agree.

It still requires attentive skill and care though when you’re taking a photograph on your phone. You’re going to need basic photography knowledge and what I mean by that is you’re going to need to be able to understand composition and lighting most importantly.

You’re also going to need a good editing app. There are so many out there in the market today that cost nothing and they work a treat. I’ve tried so many over the last few years and honestly, the one I find myself returning to is VSCO. VSCO is a great app to download if you want to up your photography game because it has so many built in features to help you construct your image. The VSCO cam shoots in RAW, Gives you guide lines to help with composing your images, exposure controls and even comes with free filters to help your images really pop. The list is endless as to why this app is so great.

I am also a massive fan of those lenses you can get to clip on to your phone. They enable you to be so much more creative with your shots and allow you to do things with your phone that you couldn’t do before, like the macro lens you can get is my favourite! You can get so close in on something and on occasions, it works a lot better than my actual DSLR.

There’s probably loads more blogs out there that go into so much more detail on how to take better phone photographs but I want to just focus on the basics and the stuff that I do with my own phone photography.

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Dogs Eye: Image was taken with an iPhone 7 Plus and a mini macro lens | Edited in VCSO.
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Human Eye: Image was taken with an iPhone 7 Plus and a mini macro lens | Edited in VSCO.

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Hartsholme Forest: Image was taken with an iPhone 7 Plus and a mini wide angle lens | Edited in VSCO.

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Butterfly Bush: Image was taken with an iPhone 7 Plus in portrait mode | Edited in VCSO.
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Looking Up: Image was taken with an iPhone 7 Plus | Edited in VCSO.

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Morning Monitoring: Image was taken with an iPhone 7 Plus | Edited in VCSO.

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Banana Plant: Image was taken with an iPhone 7 Plus | Edited in VCSO.

 

I feel like phone photography helps me stay connected to the subject that I love, even when I want a break from it, or when inspiration is low, my phone is always in my hand for whenever and wherever inspiration hits me and inspiration hits me at the most ridiculous times.

Do you have any additional tips and tricks you’d like to add? Comment below.

 

 

 

 

 

Doggy Portraits, Wedding Planning & A New Bun? 23/07/17

Update time!

I gave myself the mission of taking more photographs this week as I really feel like I don’t take enough. I have a phone that takes perfectly good photographs so I have no excuse to not shoot at all. I do however need to use my camera more, maybe next week I will get my studio out and do some studio shots, it’s been a while since I shot in the studio. Enough about that; let’s get on with the catch up, got your cuppa?

Monday

A beautiful sunny Monday! Ah, It felt good to feel the hot sun on my skin again. Me and Stewart went to Gainsborough for lunch at nanna’s house; I always enjoy spending time with family. No matter what it is whether we’re invited on a day out or to just spend the day at their house. No matter what you’re doing you’re always making memories.  The ultimate highlight of my day was when I made friends with a black kitty in the alley by the side of nan’s house. I’ve never seen this one before (Nan gets super aggy if I call all the cats to her house at once and I do this whenever I get a chance, I know all the cats in nan’s street!)

 

 

Tuesday

Tuesday was a day of admin, due to the gorgeous weather I decided to do it outside. I didn’t get very far with it as I didn’t take my sunglasses out with me and have any of you actually tried writing on white paper with the sun beaming down on the page? It legitimately blinds you and unfortunately, I was too lazy to go in and grab some sunglasses and instead took it all inside, stared at it a bit longer and that was it.

Me and Stewart also got out our wedding scrap book and started working on it. We’ve noticed how quickly 1 year went by and decided it was time to start looking at stuff (with only 4 years remaining.) and coming up with budgets. We were supposed to be looking at potential venues this time, but instead made a clear set decision on where we wanted it to take place, and what date in the future. So I guess,  WE HAVE AN OFFICIAL WEDDING DATE?

 

 

Wednesday

Wednesday didn’t result in much, I am struggling to remember what I even did as there are no images in my phone from Wednesday. Probably another day of sitting at my computer screen, trying to piece together idea’s I have for my photography and wondering where the hell I am going to find the models for it.

p.s If you guys know of any models or something or a good place to look for models then please, help a girl out and send it forwards.

 

Thursday

Thursday, I did something, obviously with the go ahead from Stewart because I would never just come home with a fluffy animal without Stewart’s permission. (I totally have done this once!!)

Okay, so the background here is that I’ve wanted a big fat black lop bunny for a while, to even out my colours in the rabbits and I want to put all their names on their hutch door, but there are 5 spaces and I only had 4 rabbits.

We went into the pet shop, to pick up mums bunny Gandalf. He was alone, nobody wanted him and so mum had bought him. a beautiful black and grey lion head, obviously, there’s going to be trouble taking me into a pet shop that sells live animals. I can’t bear to see them caged.

TEENY, TINY BABY DWARF RABBITS. Safe to say I bought one and it came straight home with me, SO not really the big fat lop I wanted, but still black!

Everybody, meet Bronson.

 

Friday

I decided to drag the Studio set up out and originally planned to do some still life work, however, the dogs as soon as the studio comes out and is erected think it’s time for their photographs to be taken and like the soft head I am, I just cannot say no to them. I always photograph them but never have I ever managed to get a photograph of them both together, until today. Aren’t my boys just the most handsome devils ever in these images?  I was contemplating getting the rabbits out but that’s too much effort for solo shooting. I need Stewart my wing man for that.

 

 

Saturday

Today me, Alison (Stewart’s mum) and Bec (Stewart’s sister) planned to go to a psychic and clairvoyant fair based in Market Rasen. The day started as normal as possible, with me and Alison venturing out to Sleaford to pick Bec up, roof down on the Mercedes, being ladies (haha) of leisure, We picked  Bec and Ron (Bec’s dog!) and headed back to Lincoln to drop of Ronny at home so we could get out to Market Rasen to explore the fair. The day was going according to plan until we hit a mass standstill of traffic. Due to an accident located in the middle of Lincoln, the WHOLE of Lincoln came to a standstill and a half an hour journey turned into a 2 hour one; this didn’t leave us with much time to get to the fair and have a good look around, eventually, thanks to matt being driver for us, we got there with an hour of exploration time before it closed. We were out of there again within 10 minutes. It wasn’t very good and we left and found some lunch in a nearby pub. I am now planning my next business venture. Selling crystals and laminated quotes and printed images.

 

Sunday

Today and went to see my Uncle in the hospital and then I let Stewart take photographs of me, kind of  with a lot of assistance from me because I like my photographs to look and be taken in a specific way and style. Somehow it is half 7 and I have no idea where the hell the day has gone but I hope you have all had a fantastic week.

I have also decided to do a lot more photography related posts on this blog so keep your eye out for them!

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House Maintenance, Furry Friends..

It feels like it has been an awfully long week.

Monday

Me and Stewart spent the day in Gainsborough today. We didn’t do a lot, just had a mooch around marshals yard and then sat and stuffed our faces at mums house. Just a normal day these days. The weekend was still catching up with me today though, I found myself stupidly tired and so achy from the rad dance moves I was cracking on the dancefloor on Saturday night.

In pictures;
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Tuesday

I did not want a boring day at home, I was enjoying the dismal rainy weather inside and I wanted to enjoy it in the conservatory, however, honestly the conservatory is never a room we really gave any attention at all. We never wanted to be in there. I decided to give it a makeover because I had nothing better to do. I think it looks much better now, just needs another blow-up chair to complete.

Wednesday

I cannot start the day without creating my day’s to-do list over a cup of tea. So, I did that sat in my cosy newly decorated conservatory. Unfortunately, today the sun was making it too hot and I couldn’t stay in there too long. I spent the most of Wednesday doing Admin stuff for the wedding and portrait business I had put on my back burner whilst at college. Packages and Contracts now are written up ready for meetings!

In Pictures;

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Thursday

There’s not really a lot to report about today, I went to mum’s again and Stewart came straight from work for his tea! Mummabear is good to us. I ate a tonne of pink and whites and did a lot of nothing but I was with my family so, I was having the time of my life. Me and Lucy went food shopping with Mum, Eli and Andrew. When we arrived back home at mums, Gaz Mum’s husband had put the chain on the door whilst he was cleaning the upstairs, Mum was getting increasingly impatient as we were trying to should and knock on the door for Gaz’s attention. Before we knew it mum had Nicki Minjed her way into the house, making a paddy sandwich between the door and the wall, that didn’t stop the little monkey yapping at us as we were trying to take the shopping into the house. I think Gaz might have to fix the door chain back on now..

Andrew came back home with me, we played the new PS4 game ‘That’s You!’ My goodness, what a great game, we didn’t stop laughing the whole way through. I cannot wait to play this with more people.

Friday

A day of complete graft in the garden. Our garden is quite possibly the fastest growing garden on the planet, with it being on a hill it is a complete and utter nightmare to maintain, cutting the grass is a full body work out that leaves you sweating buckets no matter how cold the weather is, me and my brother cut down a big tree/weed thing that was blocking out the sunshine in the evenings, I think we both took a bit of frustration out on it, to be honest, didn’t take us long to make short work of it. Stewart wasn’t enjoying the gardening, as much as he was looking forwards to it, I think he instantly regretted it the moment we all actually started to do some work as from that moment on he was grumpy Stewart.

In Pictures;
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Saturday

Today it has been a year since me and Stewart got engaged. A whole year already. I’m starting to think a 5-year engagement is still too short, as now it would be 4 years and we’re nowhere near ready to tie the knot yet, we’re completely in limbo about whether or not we wanna do the house up first and then get married. I have a poorly doggy today, well I say poorly, Alf keeps sneezing, not stopping him from trying to raid the bin, bark his balls off or try and steal my choccy! I’m guessing it’s a bit of allergy, so I gave him an antihistamine and it calmed the sneezing down a considerable amount. I feel so sorry for him though because he headbutts whatever is in his way when he sneezes. I’ve heard him a lot bang his nose off the floor today; pretty sure that won’t be helping.

I’ve done more business work today, Finally finished my website for my wedding photography. It took me 3 days to do!! I am feeling super positives this time about my photographic ventures.

Feel free to check out my new website here.

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Sunday

Sunday, today has consisted of me and Stewart taking a walk around the bail gate taking tonnes of photographs ( and playing Pokemon!) and town where we decided to see what the Lincoln food festival was like. After this, we went to meet Stewart’s mum and Matt for a carvery. We decided after this though we weren’t ready to go home just yet. So we decided to go back out and get some more photographs but this time took our proper cameras with us; I’ve not edited these ones yet though; check out my phone ones below.

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