We have been receiving a lot of questions on how we do most of our photography, whether it be DSLR or iPhone 6. Honestly, both are excellent in their own way, especially with the latest iPhone which we believe its f/2.2 aperture and Optical image stabilization (iPhone 6 Plus only) works amazing in great light conditions.
Being an amateur shooter for seven years, here are some takeaways from my time at Fashion Mews about iPhone photography.
1. Produce your work consistently.
Personally this one’s tough, particularly 2016 where I went on a two week hiatus on Instagram. However I’ve been trying to post every other day; practice makes perfect. Henri Cartier Bresson once said, “Your first 10,000 photos are your worst.” There is no magic threshold of when “you get it,” it’s a journey you need to take every time to capture the shot.
2. Scout first. Critique with others.
Usually when you arrive on the scene or if some action is occurring, you start shooting. For me, when Melis is getting ready for the shoot, I walk around the location. Are there interesting corners? Where is the light source, you, and the subject? Do we want details, or context shot? And each photo can only tell one story.
Sharing what we need objectively helps get both of us on the same page and execute together. I find that our work gets better with collaboration.
3. Know thy HDR limitations.
Don’t get me wrong, HDR photos are great for landscapes, daylight portraits, and great for fighting low-lighting. But when there’s high movement or vivid colors going on, you might want to just try it vanilla.
4. Get a good editing regimen down.
As a “purist,” I try to do as little post-production editing as possible. But after seeing Melis going through her editing workflow and the before-after effects, I can’t deny it’s become a necessity today to at least see what VSCO, Lightroom, Priime, etc. all have to offer. Keeping an up-to-date editing app flow is key.
5. Try different gear!
A travel size tripod will completely up your self-portrait/landscaping game. If you want to try different wide-angle/macro lens for iPhones we really dig the Moment Lens. Do your homework, but if you want to get a new trick shot, it’s only an accessory away nowadays.
We’d love to hear in the comments if there’s anything else that’s helped improved your phone photography that we didn’t talk about!