When Hayley and I started blogging I was adamant that mobile phone photos would only be used as a last resort. As a photographer I felt that their quality would not be good enough and as photography was a massive part of the blog we had to take it seriously. I was a relatively new iphone user, having been a blackberry girl for the past few years (and the camera on my blackberry was awful).
Once I became familar with my iphone I started looking for editing apps and instantly fell in love with VSCO cam. I am still a canon girl at heart but using VSCO has made me appreciate iphoneography and remove my judgey pants when it comes to mobile phone photo quality, after all, I honestly believe that it isn't about the camera you use but how you use it... my thoughts on this subject now include iphone cameras.
Today I am going to give a little tutorial on how to use VSCO for your iphone photos and instagram feed.
Firstly upload a photo or take one within the VSCO app. Then select the "tool" option in the above photo.
Once you have selected your photo and clicked on the tool option your photo will be taken through to be edited. You will see a list of filters/presets to add different effects, choose the one which suits your taste best. Don't be concerned if the image looks dark in a particular filter/preset, you can adjust the brightness and temperature in the following step. You are also able to adjust the power of the filter you have selected by double clicking on it.
Once you have a filter you are happy with click on the tiny black triangle shown above, this will take you to a list of options for further tweaking. Select the sunshine button to adjust the brightness, and the thermometer to adjust the temperature. You can also adjust the contrast, and crop your photos within this setting. Play around with all the options until you find a formula that suits you. Once you are happy export your photo to any social medias and save to your camera roll.
Within the VSCO app there is also an option to go through to their store where you can purchase further presets (and there is a few freebies to be had) as well as other detail options like clarity, detail, skin tone and shading. As you can imagine I am always in the VSCO app store checking out what is new in.
VSCO has single handily changed the way I view iphoneography, it is a powerful medium. I love my Canon DSLR's but I no longer panic if I am out without one because with my trusty iphone and VSCO I am still able to capture things exactly the way I want. Now, if apple could just sort out their appalling battery life on the iphone iphoneography would be even better!