I take all of my pictures on my iPhone 5C. The best compliment I ever received was someone telling me my pictures looked “professional.” My roommates laugh when they watch me take my pictures because it’s typically in my pajamas in a little corner sitting on the floor.
In case you missed Tuesdays post, I have 5 Tips to Better Blogging. Here are the 5 biggest tips I have to help you take “professional” pictures:
1. Good Lighting
Have a window? You have lighting. This will take some trial and error for you to find the ideal time of day based on which way your window faces. I take my photos in my roommate’s room (thank you, Meg Dee for letting your bedroom serve as my “studio”) between 10am-1pm. Any later and I need to do a little more editing to brighten them up. If you work and don’t have the luxury of being at home at an ideal time, I suggest stocking up on the weekend and taking your pictures then. Most of the time, this is what I do anyway. If you do need artificial lighting, I suggest a bathroom or kitchen where the lights are brightest/can be adjusted.
2. White Out
A white backdrop for pictures lets the subject shine. My setup? Typically the Lack IKEA side table and a poster board for 50 cents. That’s it. Have a friend help to hold the poster board for a white background, it makes for the most professional looking photos.
These are the apps I use to edit on my phone:
- iPhoto: I don’t use iPhoto very often but it is nice to have for some editing needs.
- InstaSize: For using the entirety of a horizontal picture and fitting it into a square size
- Picfx: Tons of fun filters
- ABM: Adds cute borders, words, and doodles
- Facetune: A great face editor and I use the “whiten” feature to white out my poster board when it has a blue cast to it if I hit some bad lighting
Take lots of pictures. When you’re bored, instead of mindlessly sitting on Facebook, edit pictures. Play with filters and see how you can manipulate the original and even over edit to learn what is too much. Just practice.
In the beginning, you need to think about your audience and attracting the most attention. Instagram? Post in the morning – people check this first thing when they wake up. Pinterest? Post at night – most are on here when watching TV in the evening.
I hope that these tips and tricks are helpful. Remember, at some point you have to just stop second guessing yourself and just post it. Yes, there will come a point and time when you look back on your old photos and want to delete them but you should take this as a good sign that you are improving!