iPhone Photography – Part 1

As parents we want to document every single beautiful moment in life, taking at least a dozen photographs of a single moment in time because we love to soak up every little change in expression. Remember the afternoon walk when your toddler picked you a flower unprompted for the first time?  You thought your heart was going to burst at its seams. The first time she jumped in a mud puddle and with such joy on her face?  Then she decided she couldn’t make it to the house without stripping off the wet, sandy clothes and marched to the house in nothing but her rain boots completely uninhibited. Unfortunately, we don’t always have access to our “real” camera in those moments. It’s heavy, and being adventurous with the little ones might make you worry (as you should) for its safety. Cell phones aren’t the best cameras for low lighting, like when you are indoors with little to no window light, but don’t let that stop you from trying. There is a certain beauty to those photographs, even if they come out “low quality.” I’d like to write a short series on how I go about creating iPhone photographs that I absolutely cherish and can sometimes even turn out frame or collage worthy. Here are a few rules I follow.

  1. No matter how poor I think of the setting, I try anyway. I need a little light at least, but even just a single lamp can help. The image may be dark, super grainy, or even a little blurry but if the story in it moves me.
  2. I avoid using a flash 99% of the time, cellphone flash seems to ruin everything for me.
  3. Check the background for clutter and consider the best angles. With little ones I always try getting down on their level or even try looking at things from their perspective.
  4. Identify the closest light source and if possible put the faces or the focus of my image in that light.
  5. Think about the details, photographs don’t have to be of faces. Little feet, hands, or just a smile all tell a story.
  6. Take a few shots, check them and make adjustments if I have the time, then try again. I cull and sometimes edit later.

Below are some of my favorite iPhone pics. They are far from perfect, but each one brings back memories just the same. Next time I’ll discuss the most popular cellphone photography apps and how I edit on my phone.

Just for fun, I’d like to encourage everyone to plan a small craft or activity and use those moments for playing around with cellphone photography. I’d love to see how you tell a story with those images!

Cheers, Meg

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Hi everyone! July is quickly approaching and the release of my ebook, Camera Moms: Photographing Your Little Ones Like a Pro is almost here! I’ve been trying to share some simple tips along the way that you could go ahead and put to use and today I’ve decided on one of the most common questions I get… “How do you make the background blurry while the person is in focus?” The technical answer to this question isn’t very straight forward, because it would include explaining aperture, lighting, f/stop and fractions. I happen to love fractions but I’m assuming the majority of my readers don’t, so I will refrain from being the huge dork that I am. : )

So, here it is, the extremely non-technical, super easy to follow answer.

For DSLR users… (the kind of camera that can change lenses)

1. Set your camera mode to “A” or “Av” (This is Aperture priority mode)

2. Use the dial to make the “F” number on your screen go as low as possible.  (If you have a kit lens, this may be around 5.6 or so. If it goes lower, great.)

3. The more distance you have between the person and the background, the better.

4. Use your zoom, you might have to back away from your subject more to fit them in your view but remember to fill your frame (i.e. close-up pic).

That’s it!

For the Point and Shoot users… (the kind that doesn’t change lenses)

1. Some P&S camera may have the “A” or “Av” mode like above for the DSLR, if so, follow the above directions. If not, you should have a “P” mode, use it. (Portrait mode)

2. The more distance you have between the person and the background, the better.

3. Zoom out as far as you can, you might have to back away from your subject more to fit them in your view but remember to fill your frame (i.e. close-up pic).

That’s it!

One last piece of advice, I recommend trying to focus on the eyes or the eye closest to the camera if you have a lot of blur. Hope this was simple enough! I would greatly appreciate your comments. Let me know what you want to read about next!

If you like these super easy tips, snag your copy of Camera Moms: Photographing Your Little Ones Like a Pro today, it is jam-packed with simple tips and tricks like these. : )

Cheers,

Meg