Photo Hacks for Shooting Like a Professional

We've all seen the "Shot with an iPhone 6" ads throughout the city. I gotta say I'm really impressed with the image quality and overall composition of the pics featured! And just in case you were wondering you don't have to be a professional photographer to achieve the same results.

For a few tips, you can revisit my post on shooting cool pics with your iPhone. This post focuses on other photo hacks that can help your pictures soar. 

Image courtesy of @blakevond

Image courtesy of @blakevond

A soft light

Go "mini pro" with a soft light. A soft light is a continuous source of light that mimics natural light. It's great when you you're not as fortunate to get natural light well, naturally. They're pretty inexpensive and come in different sizes. I found mine on Amazon.com for $50 bucks and lurve it. A reminder is to make sure the light is directly on your object and that you're not blocking your light source. Sometimes it's best to have the light directly above your objects if you're shooting a Flatlay. 

Shot with my iPhone

Shot with my iPhone

Shot with my iPhone 6

Shot with my iPhone 6

White poster board

 I never thought I'd see the day when I used white poster board for something other than a background. Recently for a client I need to shoot items with a shiny/reflective surface. At first it was not coming out the way I wanted. I searched good ole' YouTube and found this trick. Use white poster board to bounce off light from a reflective surface! That way the item becomes visible and clear to the reader. Check the before and after below. Depending on how shiny the object is you may have to use to pieces of white board as I did for this image. 

Without white board to remove the glare.  Shot with a Sony A Series camera

Without white board to remove the glare.  Shot with a Sony A Series camera

After using two white boards  

After using two white boards  

With white board shot with an iPhone

With white board shot with an iPhone

Aluminum foil

This was probably one of the first hacks I learned to use. Sometimes natural light isn't enough! If you don't have a reflector (which you can find on Amazon.com), you can make one! Just get a flat surface (I used a Tupperware top) and cover with a layer of aluminum foil. Voila! You have a reflector. A reflector takes nautur light and bounces it onto your object. It also helps take remove shadows from your background. 

Without a reflector. Shot with my iPhone

Without a reflector. Shot with my iPhone

With a reflector (focused on the cup) 

With a reflector (focused on the cup)