iPhone Hacks for iPhone Photography & Videos

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As an online entrepreneur, course creator and blogger, I tend to get pretty resourceful on a budget. When it comes to creating online content, there's good news! You don't have to spend a fortune on equipment that enhances your photos, selfies, and videos.  

I've found a few easy and affordable resources to use, right along-side my iPhone, that make my photos better, my videos more still, lighting brighter, and content better without having to carry around a duffle bag and without having to spend a fortune. 

Here are a few of the goodies I've acquired, along with some of my favorite apps...enjoy!

A simple camera lens and light can make a BIG difference when it comes to photos and selfies. Dark and blurry photos, or ones where it's just a "big head in the screen" aren't that great for branding.  Here is a simple lens and lighting kit that I got from  Amazon :   It includes a fish-eye lens (which is great for selfies or a photo that you want to capture a larger space) as well as a micro-lens, that allows you to get up super close to something and it catches all the details without getting blurry.  The LED light that is connected to the little lens-thing-a-ma-jig (I'm very technical, can't you tell), makes a HUGE difference in lighting. It's super bright and works great!

This is great for photos as well as LIVE VIDEO.  It makes a better angle for video recording, looks more professional, and sets you apart from other people doing video with their phones.

A tripod as well as a mini-tripod are a MUST when it comes to video content. As I have been filming clips (yes, on my iphone) for my online courses, a tripod has made a HUGE difference.  I can set it up, push record, and know that it is stable and will look great.








The regular tripod is nice to have for studio-type settings and the mini-tripod is a life-saver when it comes to filming on the go. You can wrap it around just about everything and get your content when you need it most.


Remotes & Interval photos:  a remote is very hand to have when it comes to taking a picture when you are by yourself.  Remotes are cheap and can be synced to your bluetooth relatively easy. They are also small enough to have with you at all times.

Lighting can make or break a photo or video.  Whether you use a little ring light on your phone or get an actual ring light for the place that you normally record, I HIGHLY suggest getting some lighting.  Here are a few of the ones that I use and interchange.

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There are also apps that take "interval photos."  This setting is SO convenient to have.  Even just last night, my husband and I went out for datenight. I wanted a picture (per usual), pulled up my app that has the interval photo option (photo timer+), put the phone in a planter, let the camera do its thing, I edited the photo just a tad a viola! No one would ever know that this picture was taken from a planter!

I used the FaceTune app and it's "defocus" setting to blur out the background, lightened up the exposure, cropped the random photo-bomber that was on the right and posted away =) 

Other apps I love is CANVA, Snapseed, and VSCO. They have great lighting adjustments, filters, etc.  Use them to touch up photos, add words or graphics, and keep your brand consistent.

I think I might play around with a couple of these things next...If you try them before me, please let me know how you like them!

I hope these little tips and tricks help bring your branding, blog and course creation up to the next level! Cheers fellow entrepreneur...keep changing the world! 

Charity Majors