You don’t need a fancy camera or photoshop to have an amazing blog, with amazing photos!

I’m pretty sure that we all want perfect Instagram pictures without breaking the bank. Honestly, you can work with tools you already have to create amazing photos!

I use my iPhone 6s and a few editing apps to create instagram worthy photos. There’s just no way I can afford a nice DSLR camera right now and I don’t need to! Neither do you, just use your phone camera!

5 tips for taking photos

Lighting–> Please, please, please use natural light (unless you have a fancy photography light)! Find a spot near a window to take your photos, then test out a few different times of day to figure out when your photos look best. If you’re outside, take your photos during the golden hour! The golden hour is the period just after sunrise or just before sunset. The golden hour creates a warm effect on your photo, it is a light that no editing can replicate. 

-Grid–> I use the grid on my phone to help me with the rule of thirds. When taking a photo, following the rule of thirds, you want to line up the most important element(s) near the line/intersection of the grid. Basically, your photo should be off center.

-No Flash–> Flash will make your photos look bad, the quality will decrease and the lighting will be ruined. Just use natural light!

-Focus–> Use the tap to focus tool when you’re taking photos on your iPhone. It will make them crisper and clearer, you can also adjust the brightness when you tap.

-HDR–> Select the HDR option for your photos, this is a must for getting high-quality photos from your phone!

my editing process

I currently rely on 3 editing apps for my photos. I use Snapseed, Facetune, and VSCO. I only use Facetune when the photo has a white background or is a flatlay. It just isn’t useful to me for other types of photos. 

Step 1–> Snapseed

-I upload my image to Snapseed first for editing. The first thing I do is tune the image and adjust everything to my liking. I typically don’t touch the warmth level and use all the other settings to make the photo brighter.

-Then, I go to details and sharpen the photo (only slightly).

-Afterward, I go to filters and select glamor glow. Typically I choose glow number one and adjust it to around +15 to +30, depending on the photo.

-At this point, I save the photo.

Step 2–> Facetune (only use with white backgrounds/flatlays) 

-The first thing I do is open up the photo I edited in Snapseed and choose the whiten tool. I then go over all the areas I want to be even whiter.

-Next, I use the smooth/detail brushes to go over the areas I want to be either smoother or sharper.

-Then, I go to filters and into lighting. Typically I choose the Brighten filter or Sunset, on a low intensity.

Step 3–> VSCO

-I use VSCO to basically slap a filter on my pictures, it’s the finishing touch. If you want to see some of my favorite filters check out my Pinterest board here!

It may seem like a lot of steps at first, but it’s so worth it for the photos. I’m so glad I’ve discovered this system because without my photos would be such bad quality! No, my photos aren’t where I want to be yet, but it’s all just trial and error. Figure out what works best for you and go with it!

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Live, Learn, Wander

Mia xx



  • Reply Eleanor 07/11/2017 at 11:06 PM

    This is a really helpful post. I do have a DSLR but sometimes I’m just too lazy to use it so I end up taking photos on my phone.

  • Reply Elizabeth Seal 07/19/2017 at 3:59 PM

    Aw love this! Your photos are so dreamy and I love to see how you create them 😀 your blog is so pretty! xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara
    (lets follow each other on bloglovin or instagram)

    • Reply Mia 07/19/2017 at 4:03 PM

      Thank you so much lovely! I’ll definitely check out your blog!
      -Mia xx

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