About three years ago I challenged myself to get good at taking photographs with my iPhone. It certainly wasn't the case of love at first site for me. For over 30 years I have been looking through a viewfinder to take photographs. This screen thing was completely new to me and I really didn't know what to do with it. I found composition really tricky. I didn't even really know how to hold it. 

But slowly I started using it a little bit more. I loved the way it was always in my pocket and I could just capture every day little things. My It's the Little Things weekly (and later monthly) posts really helped me to use my iPhone camera more and fall in love with it. 

I love using my iPhone for social media because it's always with me and it's quick to take an image, edit it and get it up online. Images that I take with my other cameras often stay on the memory cards for a few days before I find a moment to upload them onto my laptop.

I do use dSLR images on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest but my Instagram is strictly iPhone only. That is just what I do. That's not a rule! I just personally love the challenge of creating images with my iPhone for Instagram. 

Today's video is all about how I use my iPhone. 

 
 

When I take images with my iPhone I always use the Camera. I never take images with the Instagram camera. My husband loves Camera + and VSCO, which are both super too. When I shoot images for Instagram I always shoot Square. 

Most cameras now offer this option, so if you can shoot in the Square format then please do if you want a Square image. It is to much better to compose for the format you want, rather than to take an image that you are planning to crop afterwards. Be in the moment of the image, rather than the image plus a border to crop! 

If you have an iPhone you can tap the screen to focus your camera on the subject of your image. You will then see a little sunshine. When you see the sunshine, you can swipe up to make the image brighter and swipe down to make the image darker.

This is the exposure and if you have an Android phone lots of the models have an option to adjust the exposure. It will probably look like this +/-. I can't tell you how excited I was when this first was added to the iPhone! It is brilliant for making images brighter but it is also wonderful for creating dark and moody images too. So fun! 

Today I would love you to follow this workflow and share some of your images in the Facebook Group. 

If you have any questions about your camera phones please ask in the Facebook Group. 

All the images in this lesson were taken with my iPhone 6. 

 
 

I edit all my images whether I take them on my iPhone or my dSLR. My editing is usually quite light and subtle but 99% of my images are edited and every single image I take that I want to share (online, with family and friends or on our fridge door) goes into editing software. Occasionally (about 1% of the time) the image won't need any editing. This is usually an outdoors image when the light is just absolutely perfect. It does happen but not often. 

The rest of the time I edit the images. And, everything I edit on my iPhone is edited with my favourite app PicTapGo. 

 

 

The thing that I love about PicTapGo is that you can control the level of each filter that you use and you can layer several filters together. Just keep going until you are happy! Your phone will keep the original, so you don't have to worry about experimenting. 

 
 
 

It keeps track of your favourite filters too (My Style) and you can also save the recipe when you have finished editing an image (see above), so you can use it again to create the same look and feel again. This is so good for editing a series of images for a blog post or set of images. When you add the recipe to another image you can adjust how much of the recipe you apply and if you need to you can also add other filters on top of it, for example you might need to make it a little light (Lights On) or darker (Lights Off). 

 

I then upload to Instagram but not necessarily straight away. Sometimes I take a series of images and then spread them across a couple of days. My life is very busy but I like to keep connected with Instagram! I also take my daily flower photographs one day before I post them and sometimes save a few extras for extra busy weeks or times when I am away. 

If I am not shooting for Instagram then I use the same workflow but I shoot in the normal camera mode, unless I particularly want it to be a square image. 

I would love you to have a go at using this workflow. If you can't use PicTapGo (it is sadly only available for iPhones/iPads at the moment) then try VSCO or Afterlight. These are both beautiful editing apps too.