Are you guilty of unfocused or pixelated iPhone photos? Do you torment your Instagram followers with the Valencia filter? Are you a serial re-poster of other, more talented photographers?

Do you wish you had mad skills like the photographers at AntiSocial?

Look no further. Our media team sheds light on how to take bomb photos from your very own iPhone, cracked screens or not.

Santiago de Hoyos, the head of media production, suggests starting with learning what you don’t know. He tells us, “Skillshare and Creativelive offer great workshops and courses for shooting on mobile.”

Skillshare and Creativelive offer courses to anyone who wants to learn. The teachers are varied, too so you can have a wide range of training.

Alaina Hase addresses those who are pathological zoomers: “Move the phone closer to the subject rather than zooming in to preserve quality.” An iPhone’s zoom doesn’t work the same as a DSLR camera; instead of zooming optically with a lens, your phone uses something called ‘digital zoom’. Basically, digital zoom uses software to crop away the edges of your frame, making a part of your image larger without actually magnifying. Your photo invariably ends up as a pixelated mess.

Shooting in HDR Mode helps, Cristobal Ruiz states. HDR or ‘high dynamic range’ mode takes a series of images in varying exposure from dark to light. The HDR feature is meant to be used in difficult lighting situations, generally containing both light and dark elements. Your camera takes an overexposed photo, an underexposed photo, and one somewhere in the middle and then combines them into a single, well-exposed image.

HDR mode is great for times when you have difficult lighting and a stationary subject. Don’t try to use HDR mode for photos with a lot of movement – if your subject is moving in your frame, HDR mode will make it appear blurry. It can also wash out vivid colours.

Cristobal reminds readers to use their apps when it comes to editing, like the VSCO app. With VSCO you can assign presets, ensuring cohesion amongst your photo edits – which is great for those looking to develop a consistent brand on social media (especially Instagram). If you’re looking for inspiration on different VSCO presets, search for some in Pinterest (yes, we know, it’s basic – but it works).

Bonus app recommendations from other photo enthusiasts at AntiSocial:
Project Manager Taylor Lowe is well-versed in social media campaigns, she uses the Huji Cam and Afterlight apps for photo editing.

Project Manager Robert Lista is a freelance photographer when he’s out-of-office and recommends Snapseed for professional photo editing and UNUM to organize your Instagram feed.

Social Strategist Mitra Barber uses Unfold to curate incredible Instagram Story campaigns.

Trust us. Your followers will thank you.

As always, contact us for all of your professional photography and marketing needs.