There seems to be this view in the blogging world that you absolutely need to have an expensive camera to produce good imagery - but any relatively new smart phone user will admit that this isn't the case in the slightest. In fact, a very high percentage of my blog photos are taken on my iPhone 6 as I feel that sometimes it is the only piece of equipment needed. It takes a bit of practice, but as long as you get to know the functions and learn to use your smart phone camera to its full potential, you can create professional looking images in just a few simple steps.
It's extremely rare that I'll use the flash when taking blog photos, or any photo for that matter. Whether it's my iPhone or DSLR, I like to keep my images looking as bright and airy as possible and this is something that I feel the flash doesn't cooperate with. It has a tendency to wash out any bright colours and add an unattractive pink tinge to my images and can also make them look very unnatural.
TAP TO FOCUS
Just like any DSLR, the iPhone has a function which allows you to focus on an image to highlight any specific areas in your shot. All you need to do is simply tap the screen and it'll automatically shift everything into focus, resulting in a sharper, more steady shot.
Not only handy when photographing an image involving movement, but this function is also great when taking blog photos as it will capture a burst of shots when holding down the capture button for a few seconds. This makes things quicker and easier as it saves you having to take several shots one after another to get that perfect image.
TAP FOR EXPOSURE
The exposure function is not something that I tend to use often when taking my photos as I find that it can remove bright colours and important details but it can come in use in certain circumstances, such as darker scenes. Similar to the tap to focus option, this allows you to tap on certain areas of your image to balance out the lighting and exposure and can result in a much higher quality photograph.
This is great for making your photo Instagram ready without having to go through the whole cropping process and worrying about chopping off certain parts of your image. The screen automatically shrinks to a 1:1 view which allows you to centre your frame and add a strong focus to your subject allowing you to get everything in at once without having to stand at a distance.
Do you have any tips for using your smart phone camera to its full potential?