How to take stylish, beautiful, creative fashion photos with an iPhone, according to renowned photographer Eva Losada
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the dictionary houses more insults to my photography skills than I thought possible. While I've been blessed with strong writing skills (it's not boasting, it's self-awareness!), my performance with a camera falls short. Some might resign to fate. Others, such as myself, corner a successful fashion photographer with an international portfolio for tips the first appropriate chance she gets. So thank you Eva Losada, for being super cool (check out her Instagram account, the woman is making eyebrow art a thing) and for answering my questions with patience and grace so we may all do the fashion we see justice.
Here are my biggest takeaways...
Experiment with different camera modes
My favourite thing about Apple's iPhone 11 Pro camera is the Ultra Wide Camera function — it allows for an impressive 120-degree field of view — so I'm slightly annoyed I never really utilised it much before this tutorial beyond taking group shots to accomodate more people in a photo. Photographer Eva Losada taught me how to use the mode for dramatic effect, especially to create high impact manipulations. In order to recreate the photo below, I would need to get real close to the model and shoot from a low angle. Distortion happens around the edges of the photo, so the model should extend a limb or two towards the camera, but their head should remain in relative centre of the photo to keep that proportion constant. Another under-used mode is the Slo-Mo; it's perfect for capturing details when the subject matter is moving.
Know your settings
I thought I needed to pay for expensive apps to edit my photos but that can't be further from the truth. The iPhone's existing Edit function gives the user much autonomy — if we know what to do with it. Turns out, I've been using some of the tools within Edit wrongly. For instance, Vibrance is favoured over Saturation, because the former will keep the original skin-tone in a photo but amp up the intensity of the colours of the clothing. Messing with Saturation affects the intensity of every colour in the photo. Also, Black Point is far easier to control compared to Shadow, as it allows for stronger black contrast without changing the saturation of the other colours.
Eva Losada insists I include this tip of hers in my how-to: Reduce the aperture light so photos and videos are not overexposed. "I thought it was basic but I'm always surprised that many people don't know how to do this," she said. Open the Camera app, frame your photo, then tap on the area of the photo that is overexposed with too much light. You know your photo is overexposed when details you can see with your naked eye are reduced to a blurry white mess on the iPhone screen. Reduce the aperture light by pulling the sun icon down.
Oftentimes, the most simple tricks are the most effective because they are underestimated. It doesn't take skills to reframe a photo, but a powerful crop can draw attention to, or provide a different perspective entirely to what might have been an ordinary photo. Oh, yes. Eva Losada wants me to remind you that we can crop our videos on iPhone now, though we couldn't in the past — something to consider.
Blurry shot? Photobombed by a passerby? Don't delete your photo just yet. With the right manipulation (read above) of the "wrong" photo, you might have a winner in your hands. Hey, if you can be imperfect and a goddam masterpiece at the same time, why can't your photo?