Mar 19, 2015
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While I take all my professional portrait sessions in Denver with my SLR camera, I am utilizing my iPhone camera more and more on vacation.  It’s lightweight and easy.  The apps and newer iPhone technology turns out some really great pictures.

First things first.  It’s really important to get the image right in the camera, before you apply any filters, cropping etc. to the actual photo.  Here are some tips and tricks to getting a decent cell phone picture:

Have you ever taken a photo where the background is a little light and your subject comes out looking like this?

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The camera is seeing the light background and exposing for the overall scene, rather than the dog

 

With one small adjustment, you can get a decent exposure of your subject when the subject is backlit.  After framing the photo, tap on the subject’s face in your screen and the camera will adjust the exposure to expose of the people, rather than the overall scene.

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I tapped on the dog’s face on my iPhone screen and the camera made an automatic adjustment to expose for her face.

 

So puppy is exposed properly and we can see the details of her face.  But it’s not perfect.  After I take a photo, I use several different apps to get an image to my liking.  The first one is snap seed.

Snapseed gives great control over an image because not only does it have a wide variety of attractive filters, it can crop, lighten and darken only certain areas, straighten an image, sharpen and image or soften an image.

When I first import a photo, I crop it to my liking and immediately bring in some lightness, especially if it’s underexposed.

The first step is adjusting brightness.  I almost always lighten up my pictures.

The first step is adjusting brightness. I almost always lighten up my pictures.

 

Then I use the selective adjust tuner to either darken certain areas or lighten certain areas.  Here I am adjusting the brightness of the dog.

Then I use the selective adjust tuner to either darken certain areas or lighten certain areas. Here I am adjusting the brightness of the dog.

Here I am darkening the background a bit so doggy stand out a little more.

Here I am darkening the background a bit so doggy stand out a little more.

Next I adjust the contrast, the shadows, the warmth of the image and the saturation.  I wanted a little more  color here.

Next I adjust the contrast, the shadows, the warmth of the image and the saturation. I wanted a little more color here.

Lastly, I blurred the background of the image to make the dog stand out, something you can't do when using a cell phone camera within the camera itself.  There really is  no limit with snapseed.  I love it.

Lastly, I blurred the background of the image to make the dog stand out, something you can’t do when using a cell phone camera within the camera itself. There really is no limit with snapseed. I love it.The final image.

The final image

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Pretty big difference between these two.

 

PicMonkey Collage

Occasionally after snap seed, I will also use PicTapGo, a fabulous app by a studio who has developed great actions and filters for photographers.  In addition, if I am posting a picture on Instagram, I use SquareReady, which can turn a horizontal or vertical picture into a square one suitable for Instagram.

There are soooo many apps out there for fantastic cell phone pictures!  I’ll update this blog post as I find more! 🙂

 

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