If I haven’t mentioned this before, I’m going to mention it now:  These tips are not solely for “professional” photographers. If you remember, last week we learned about an effortless, free way to save and store your photos safely.

These tips are intended for beginners, and everyday-use, AKA you don’t need a fancy DSLR in order to take and share quality photos.

I wouldn’t have a career if everyone took their own photos, so if you can afford a professional photographer for whatever images you’re needing, please hire one. You’ll be thankful for the quality, but right off the bat, that’s not always feasible.

Portrait mode on the iPhone may be exactly what you’re looking for. We’ll talk about lighting alternatives at a later date, BUT portrait mode has a setting called “Studio Light” that will automatically brighten an indoor image as if you had the perfect studio setup.

I think it’s easier shown than explained, so see below for reference:

We have dreadful lighting in our kitchen; there is zero natural light. However, iPhones are incredibly advanced even for those of you without any camera knowledge.

In poor lighting, iPhones adapt and use “night mode,” which slows the shutter speed down. Slowing the shutter speed allows more time for the lens to let more light in.

If you’ll see in these unedited images, all four were taken in my iPhone’s portrait mode. Do you notice a difference from the left photo to the right?

The right is slightly brighter, yeah? The left photo was taken in the setting “Natural Light,” and the right was taken in “Studio Light.” See below for instructions on how to switch the light setting while using your iPhone camera!

When you open your camera and swipe over to “portrait” mode, there are these outlined, 3D dots (circled in red above). The first one is the “Natural Light,” AKA whatever the camera is exposed to in the setting you’re in. If you click on, or swipe over to the second dot, it’ll say “Studio Light.” This automatically exposes, or brightens, the image before it’s even taken.

Sometimes switching a setting to “Studio Light” isn’t enough. Next week, I’ll share some user-friendly, and/or inexpensive alternatives to natural lighting when you don’t have any.

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