Hello lovelies! I mentioned on my IG story last week that I was going to tell you how I take all of my Instagram and blog photos using only my iPhone and my tripod! I find I like this method better because I can take pics where I want and when I want. To start, I got my tripod from my best friend Amber London (her IG) (her blog) as a going away gift for NYC this past summer (she’s legit the sweetest).
This tripod has been a LIFE SAVER guys. I haven’t had my normal photographer (my bf lol) all summer in New York so I really had to make do! At first I was really frustrated at how my photos were turning out but I soon realized it was the way I was editing/how I was taking the pictures and not the actual tripod.
How to Take Quality Instagram Photos Using A Tripod
Below is the tripod I’ve been using for seven months now! I haven’t had any issues so far and I actually just found out you can use it with cameras too! So regardless of what tools you have, this is affordable and totally necessary! Here is the (link) to shop it on Amazon! It’s only $26.99 which can be factored in to any budget.
(Sidenote: I have an iPhone 8 Plus that is super massive and it fits (in its case), so your phone should be good to go!)
How to use it:
1. Use the legs to adjust to the height you need.
This is important because depending on what setting you’re in, you’ll use a different height! When I take my photos outside, I will use it at full height of course (since I’m pretty tall at 5’6″). I have used it inside as well because I get some really great lighting and it allows me to use portrait mode! This is how I’ll position it inside to get a close up photo.
2. Make sure your clicker is on.
This tripod comes with a remote for your phone! It’s super amazing and works really well. It syncs up with your phone via bluetooth (the instructions take 5 seconds to read and are very simple) and you can use it from a good distance! Below is what it’ll pop up as. It also has just a general on switch and comes with a battery already inside! I’m forgetful and have left it on almost indefinitely for a couple months and the battery is still going strong.
3. Hide your clicker out of sight.
This is a lot easier than it seems actually! You probably haven’t even noticed it in my photos because (generally) I do a good job of hiding it out of view. You’ll probably notice it or pick it out in EVERY photo now but whatever! If I wear a bag I’ll usually hide it behind the straps; in the photo below, I just kept it at my side.
4. Make sure you are facing the direction of the sun OR if it’s overcast make sure to face the direction the sun SHOULD be.
This is crucial for lighting even if you do edit your photos! This will give you just enough light to show off your look. I also have noticed photos in the direct sunlight (when using this tripod method) don’t come out as well. I think it has to do with the angle the phone is at. I also make sure to take photos with my phone positioned vertically! This is the PERFECT example below! This was the exact same location but the sun was at my back in the first one.
5. Make sure your tripod is on an equal or higher surface than you.
This is super key to getting a shot that doesn’t make you look super short or weirdly proportioned. I have had some awkward run-ins with one area near my apartment and the ground tilts sideways which causes so many issues with the set-up of the photos. In this case balance is also key!
6. Be okay with TRIAL AND ERROR.
It’s hard to know what your pics look like until they’re taken when using a tripod. Here are some examples of the MANY pictures I have to take to get ONE that I liked (and there were more than this even)! I ended up using this last photo for a sponsored post. When I said that blogging takes time, IT DOES. This is just a part of that process! Once you do get that amazing photo though, it’ll be so worth it. I will usually have a lot less photo options of outside pictures because I don’t want to seem too weird for too long.
7. Ignore the stares.
This is SO MUCH HARDER THAN YOU THINK. I feel like in NYC people care less and I haven’t used this in Georgia yet where everyone is in everyone else’s business. I will update this once I have (LOL). (**Update: I’ve been back in Georgia for four months now and most of the time people could care less!)
At this point, I’m really good and natural when it comes to this, but still feel a little uncomfy at times. While in New York I had to let my doorman know what I do because I came in and out of the front of the building three times in three outfits one day and he was so confused.
I noticed how there were virtually no articles on how to take photos with a phone and tripod and I got a ton of questions! I knew this post on How to Take Quality Instagram Photos Using A Tripod could be super helpful to newbie bloggers and seasoned ones such as myself! It’s just a really great resource and I hope it helped all of you!
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Amber London says
Crying, thanks for the shoutout and I’m glad you’re getting so much use out of it!!
Sequins and Sales says
You’re the best (:
This post was definitely necessary and inspiring! I would like to relaunch my blog but paying a photographer can obviously get excessive or investing in a camera this early in the game can be expensive for no reason when I’m already caring around a great alternative(iPhone). Thanks so much for this post!
Sequins and Sales says
I’m so so glad this post helped you to know you can do it all yourself! (:
Thank you! Found this on Pinterest and I am so happy you addressed the real uncertainty of how it feels to know people COULD be watching when taking photos in public.
Sequins and Sales says
Yes girl of course! It’s very scary sometimes because when people slow down to stare, you’re never sure if it’s a bad thing or if they’re just interested.
This is exactly what I needed to read! As I post, I notice I’ve more selfies and pictures of nature than myself actually being in it. Will for sure be getting the Tripod. Thanks!
Awesome! So glad my post helped!
Love this! New blogger here and wanting to get a Tripod so I can take better photos but so nervous of everyone else staring
Aw so glad you did! See I felt the same way, that’s why I shot super early!
This is awesome thank you!
Anytime! So glad I could help.
Ann Beseena says
Sis, can you make some videos on how to take self portrait with phone and tripod and also please tell us an app to edit those pictures, thank you❤
I have 1) been meaning to update this post and 2) that is honestly a GREAT idea! I might do that!
Anika Chowdhury says
This tripod is compatible with taking pictures on Instagram and Snapchat ?!