Step up your iPhone photography Part 1: Our 5 best tips on mobile portrait photography

With an ever evolving technology, our iPhone cameras now allows us to snap great photos with an image quality as crisp as a bag of fresh chips. This suddenly allows us to take portraits as good as the professionals, almost. To make your photos match your cameras quality, we've pulled together some of our favourite photo tips to help you step up your iPhone portrait photography game. Let's get going! 

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Tip 1. Have you ever heard of portrait mode? Well, let's begin there.

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The portrait mode is a feature available for iPhone 7+, 8+ and X, allowing us to capture photos with a beautiful depth of field and smooth bokeh. Select it before starting to make sure your object will pop from its surroundings. If not yet on such a new phone, skip this step and head on to the next one. 

 

Tip 2. Think natural lights. Place your object in front of a window or with the outdoor light facing the person in focus. This will help details like the eyes and skin to pop naturally, as well as helping the camera to maximise the result. 

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Tip 3. Get inspired by your surroundings and create a colour schemed photo where clothing, hair, light and surroundings come together as one beautiful palette of colour. 

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Tip 4. Think composition. For example, place your object in a third of the corner. Take advantage of your location and create space and depth with breathtaking surroundings. Don't be afraid to use the crop tool to adjust composition.  

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Tip 5. Edit in three simple steps. 

 The before vs. after editing with the following three simple steps. 

The before vs. after editing with the following three simple steps. 

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Exposure

Adjust the lights in your photo with the exposure bar. Be careful to not over do it. Just enough to make your object pop. 

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Saturation

Adjust the colours with the saturation bar. Either saturate or desaturate the photo. For this particular one we've desaturated a little to create a soft and smooth result allowing the colours to blend in nicely together.  

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Contrast

Use the contrast bar to help details and colours pop just a little. It will give your final result a sharper feel. But again, don't over do it. Keep it natural. 

 

Now let's get out and explore your new skills. When ready, make sure to put your master pieces into print. 

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Framed Prints Vol. 2 release - Frame the things that matter the most:

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Ever thought of creating a wall of personal photo art? Well, so have we! And therefor we've now taken our Framed Prints to the next level by adding a range of new features including

  • Swedish high quality wood in all our frames
  • New frame colours
  • Real glass
  • Acid free taped backsides
  • Acid free black high quality passepartout
  • A full bleed option
  • New sizes
 Frame your precious life stories and moments in black passepartout. It's bold and it's solid. 

Frame your precious life stories and moments in black passepartout. It's bold and it's solid. 

 Acid free taped backsides and real glass. Just like in the museums. Why? Because we want your prints to last a lifetime. 

Acid free taped backsides and real glass. Just like in the museums. Why? Because we want your prints to last a lifetime. 

 Swedish high quality wooden frames in white, black and oak. Choose your favourite or mix them all. Anything is possible. 

Swedish high quality wooden frames in white, black and oak. Choose your favourite or mix them all. Anything is possible. 

 All sizes available. They stand great for themselves but also works really nicely together. Stay tuned for more combinations, tips and trix on the art of personal photo walls. 

All sizes available. They stand great for themselves but also works really nicely together. Stay tuned for more combinations, tips and trix on the art of personal photo walls. 

  Start imagine and let it grow over time. Simply mix and match to create your most personal photo wall: Choose between full bleed or white/black passepartout. From a tiny delicacy in 30x30cm to the majestic 50x70cm and everything in between. 

Start imagine and let it grow over time. Simply mix and match to create your most personal photo wall: Choose between full bleed or white/black passepartout. From a tiny delicacy in 30x30cm to the majestic 50x70cm and everything in between. 

 

Because we think we should frame the things that matter the most, we wanna help you out a little buy offering the BUY 4 BUT ONLY PAY FOR 3 on all our Framed Prints. Too good to resist, right?! 

 

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Bring out the photographer in you and build a personal wall of photo art

Do you have a wall of personal photo art in the making or are you dreaming of starting to create one? Whatever it may be, framing away life with us is really simple. Collect your favourite moments and memories and start building. The app connects with both your camera roll and your DropBox so you'll reach your high quality photos in a snap. Your Framed Prints will then be delivered in just a few days and ready to hang on your choosen wall. 

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To help you out a little we're offering buy 4 pay only for 3 on all our Framed Prints. Too good to resist, right?!  

 

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From me, to you: cards for free!

Did you know that you from now on always get a from/to card and an archive-card with your Memory Box for free?! Yes, it's true. Your Memory Box will now fill two purposes at once - it's a gift ready to gift away as well as a box archiving those precious moments and memories of yours...

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All you need to do is to choose your favourite photos for print. 

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It's a date:

Getting married soon or know someone who is? Then have a look at this: 

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Create your very special Save the Date message with our Photo Strips, some clip arts and your loving photos. It's simple, it's fun and it's very personal.

 (Envelopes not included)

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Simply find your favourite clip arts in our ClipArt Gallery, swap the photos on the Photo Strips until they look like you want them to and then just add a little text with info and/or give your Strips some colour. Then send them to make sure no one is missing out on your very special day.

Happy creating, happily ever after.

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Add some colour, add some words and your Retro Prints has never felt more personal

Did you know that you can change colour on your Retro Prints? Or that you easily can add some words in different fonts to tell an even better story?

Well, now you do. And it's simple:

 When in the editor, press the "T" to add a little quote. 

When in the editor, press the "T" to add a little quote. 

 Or hit the brush to change the colour of your Retro Print. 

Or hit the brush to change the colour of your Retro Print. 

 Voila! The final result will always be personal and unique, just like your life stories. 

Voila! The final result will always be personal and unique, just like your life stories. 

Now go ahead and create your own collection!

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For Valentines and forever after: The most lovable stories from our community

We believe that behind every photo unfolds a story. Therefore we're dedicating a full post to some of our favourite love stories from our community. Let's get carried away by the love and enjoy! 

 #FramingLife by @ franksay :   ”This is Stefan and I. We met two years ago in Cape Town through our shared love for kitesurfing. I’m lucky to share my biggest passions in life with him and my favourite moments are those when we go for a surf together, just him and me and the sea. We are lucky to being able to travel the world together and spending so much precious time with each other. Stefan supports me in a very special way, and still after two years, my heart beats faster every time he turns around and look at me. 

#FramingLife by @franksay:

”This is Stefan and I. We met two years ago in Cape Town through our shared love for kitesurfing. I’m lucky to share my biggest passions in life with him and my favourite moments are those when we go for a surf together, just him and me and the sea. We are lucky to being able to travel the world together and spending so much precious time with each other. Stefan supports me in a very special way, and still after two years, my heart beats faster every time he turns around and look at me. 

 #FramingLife by @ aimforhappiness :   "A picture is worth a thousand words - It’s an expression I really like since it describes my love for photography. And the love of my life was literally discovered through the camera lens. I was 21, he was 26 . I remember it so clearly and it was not love at first site, to be frank. But Esben was very determined and did not give up - eventually we went on a date. It was as if he knew already, that it was him and me. He contracted a deal with a publishing house and asked me to be the model for a book cover. I was only going to hold an elephant in my hands with the camera focusing only on that. Elefants are symbols of happiness and that day I held our happiness in my hands. Since then, it’s been us for 18 years.     We both share the love for photography and to immortalise life with each other and our daughters. But it’s not only the act of capturing these moments that I value, it’s the photographs in themselves. As they grow older, they keep on telling all these remarkable stories of our everyday life and I feel thrilled knowing that they will live on through our daughters. It’s the magic photos encapsulate that makes me love the act of capturing them.     So this is both a declaration of love towards the photo but also to my husband with whom I see the world though the camera lens with. If there is one thing I never doubt in this world, it’s us!

#FramingLife by @aimforhappiness:

"A picture is worth a thousand words - It’s an expression I really like since it describes my love for photography. And the love of my life was literally discovered through the camera lens. I was 21, he was 26 . I remember it so clearly and it was not love at first site, to be frank. But Esben was very determined and did not give up - eventually we went on a date. It was as if he knew already, that it was him and me. He contracted a deal with a publishing house and asked me to be the model for a book cover. I was only going to hold an elephant in my hands with the camera focusing only on that. Elefants are symbols of happiness and that day I held our happiness in my hands. Since then, it’s been us for 18 years. 

We both share the love for photography and to immortalise life with each other and our daughters. But it’s not only the act of capturing these moments that I value, it’s the photographs in themselves. As they grow older, they keep on telling all these remarkable stories of our everyday life and I feel thrilled knowing that they will live on through our daughters. It’s the magic photos encapsulate that makes me love the act of capturing them. 

So this is both a declaration of love towards the photo but also to my husband with whom I see the world though the camera lens with. If there is one thing I never doubt in this world, it’s us!

 #FramingLife by @ rebolo :   "I love Lina, she's the most beautiful friend you can imagine. Although we have lived in different cities for a few years and don't talk as often, we always know where we have each other. We have traveled and discovered parts of the world together and share so many wonderful memories. But my best memory with her was when she met my daughter for the first time. To see someone be so touched and happy for one's sake is really what true friendship and LOVE is all about. I want to give her a Memory Box filled with moments so that she can be reminded of all our wonderful memories.

#FramingLife by @rebolo:

"I love Lina, she's the most beautiful friend you can imagine. Although we have lived in different cities for a few years and don't talk as often, we always know where we have each other. We have traveled and discovered parts of the world together and share so many wonderful memories. But my best memory with her was when she met my daughter for the first time. To see someone be so touched and happy for one's sake is really what true friendship and LOVE is all about. I want to give her a Memory Box filled with moments so that she can be reminded of all our wonderful memories.

 #FramingLife by @ brgmnanna :   "I love Leonie, my best friend, my soul. What’s so special about her is the fact that since we met 9 years ago when working at the same restaurant in Norway, there’s been something cosmic about our relationship. After only knowing each other a short while we ended up traveling Brazil for 3 months. Since then it’s been us. For many years we lived apart until we finally ended up in the same city, shared an apartment for two years until we found our other soul mates and husbands to be. We still live nearby, sharing the same interests with a bond still as strong as it always has been. To describe it shortly, she is family to me. And this summer she is getting married. I couldn’t be happier to be there to share this day. For the love of life with her, I’d like to dedicate a box of love. Simply a Memory Box filled with amazing love stories that we’ve shared through out the years of soul-like friendship.

#FramingLife by @brgmnanna:

"I love Leonie, my best friend, my soul. What’s so special about her is the fact that since we met 9 years ago when working at the same restaurant in Norway, there’s been something cosmic about our relationship. After only knowing each other a short while we ended up traveling Brazil for 3 months. Since then it’s been us. For many years we lived apart until we finally ended up in the same city, shared an apartment for two years until we found our other soul mates and husbands to be. We still live nearby, sharing the same interests with a bond still as strong as it always has been. To describe it shortly, she is family to me. And this summer she is getting married. I couldn’t be happier to be there to share this day. For the love of life with her, I’d like to dedicate a box of love. Simply a Memory Box filled with amazing love stories that we’ve shared through out the years of soul-like friendship.

 #FramingLife by @ erjinterior    "Love. I'm so happy to have Mats in my life. My partner, my best friend and now also my partner at work. You simply make my everyday life better, easier and happier. Thank you for that!

#FramingLife by @erjinterior

"Love. I'm so happy to have Mats in my life. My partner, my best friend and now also my partner at work. You simply make my everyday life better, easier and happier. Thank you for that!

 #FramingLife by @ lykkelitenogmamma    "My son is my favorite human being. From the very start my test showed positive - I loved you right away, you made me feel that i could do anything, nothing else mattered at that moment. My love for you grew everyday, still i did not know how it would be like, too have you outside of my belly, but i could not wait. Then the day you were born, my feelings exploded - in so many directions, I was so in love with you, little one, but also scared. Scared of all the things that could happen, but at the same time all of these feelings made me strong - for you always! With you by my side, growing everyday into this perfect little human being, I’m so proud. Proud to be your mom. With a few beats of your heart, you changed our lives forever.    A love story to a loved one is the most perfect and personal gift, regardless the year. Go tell yours!

#FramingLife by @lykkelitenogmamma

"My son is my favorite human being. From the very start my test showed positive - I loved you right away, you made me feel that i could do anything, nothing else mattered at that moment. My love for you grew everyday, still i did not know how it would be like, too have you outside of my belly, but i could not wait. Then the day you were born, my feelings exploded - in so many directions, I was so in love with you, little one, but also scared. Scared of all the things that could happen, but at the same time all of these feelings made me strong - for you always! With you by my side, growing everyday into this perfect little human being, I’m so proud. Proud to be your mom. With a few beats of your heart, you changed our lives forever. 

A love story to a loved one is the most perfect and personal gift, regardless the year. Go tell yours!

 

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Framkalla Stories No. 02: Jannicke -Aim for happiness, aim for art

Mother, creator, photographer, interior stylist, consultant, social media manager, blogger… Meet Jannicke Valen, the inspiring woman behind @aimforhappiness who curates everything from her own life, to Instagram feeds and interior concepts for others with great skill and instinctive feel. She’s a trained graphic designer and interior stylist, but from there she does everything around it and in between.

  Jannicke herself blending into her beautiful living room palette

Jannicke herself blending into her beautiful living room palette

”I’m a creative person who aim to tell the good stories in life. A day at work is never the same - I do everything from home styling, bigger interior projects, styling and photo commissions, graphic design and colour scheming to running social media channels and writing articles and blog posts for companies. My own blog is also a part of my profession, and I feel really lucky to have the opportunity to inspire my readers. Everything strives from creativity and that’s my pure drive.  

Her own blog aimforhappiness.com is a platform for visual inspiration and great guidance when it comes to interior, photography and styling. Her work is a mix of physical projects communicated through digital platforms. Her engagement, knowledge and interest for curating life in social media channels is clear:

”Social media to me equals possibilities. It’s been a stepping stone for different ideas and has offered possibilities I would not have wanted to be without. It’s an easy way to create new networks with people interested in and driven by the same things as well as it introduces you to new trends and new ways of thinking. 

And as for us, her main and most important social media channel is Instagram:

”I love how the photo becomes the main focus and the way those photos tells stories in themselves. To me, Instagram is my visual portfolio, a platform that showcases what I do and what I can in a delicate and simple way. And I love photography! Since social media plays a big roll in all my work, I am happy to see that more and more companies opens up their eyes to all the possibilities social media can provide for your business. But it also puts pressure on you as a creator - it’s a constantly shifting sphere where you need to think in new ways and work hard to keep up. 

Aimforhappiness is Aimforart

As an addition to everything she’s already managing, Jannicke runs and administrates a photo art influenced webbshop called aimforart.com

”It’s a webbshop focusing on photo art. We are committed to the best possible adaptation of the images to make them fit the customers homes. We are willing to help with everything from the actual image in itself to special editing requests or finding the right fit and frame material. Our aim is to democratise photo art and to make it available to everyone who wants to have it in their homes. 
  Aimforart decorating the Aimforhappiness bedroom wall

Aimforart decorating the Aimforhappiness bedroom wall

And for a while now, Aimforart has been a side project that sprung from a demand from their friends wanting their photographs in their homes, but during 2018 they will put some actual hard work into the project. 

”I have years of experience from printing and Esben, my husband, is a professional photographer so we kind of felt we have what it takes to conquer that dream. We have faith in this idea and we want to take the ordinary poster that’s so popular these days to the next level. 

And we too really do think it’s a brilliant idea. In fact we find it so good we’re collaborating with Aimforart by printing a range of products for them. That’s synergy at its best. 

The meaning of colour

Colourful as she is, Jannicke is also an ambassador for Nordsjö Norway. Her interest in colour is quite obvious when looking at her feed, her home and her creations. In a smooth and delicate way it all comes together so brilliantly. We find it both refreshing and truly inspiring!

  Colourful details and magic views in the home of Jannicke

Colourful details and magic views in the home of Jannicke

”I love colours. It adds something truly unique to your home and your interior. And color doesn’t necessarily have to be found on the walls. When I do home styling the most important thing is to highlight the wishes from my clients. I find it as interesting to style homes with white walls and pick up colours with other details instead. But some kind of colour is necessary in all homes, haha. 

So how often does she re-paint her own home?, we can’t help but wondering. Well, not too often - yet:

”We’ve only lived a year and a half in our home so I’ve only re-painted three times since then. But I actually have my own colour for Nordsjö coming up named Aimforhappiness Peony that I’ll put on the walls soon. So there's always some kind of project related to paint in the pipe… 

To sum this all up, we got hold of Jannickes best 4 when it comes to interior: 

  1. The atmosphere and the vibe you wish your home to reflect is the most important element when it comes to interior
  2. Make it personal - build around those things that are meaningful to you
  3. Create a wholeness with colours. Fill your home with different colours but let them intertwine creating colour scales or let the contrast be very clear and given
  4. Find something eye catching that reflects your style, something that differentiates you from the rest of the crowd

Thank you Jannicke for sharing your visdom with us. We wish you the best of luck and inspiration and we’ll follow your colourful life with great curiosity and interest! 

Get in contact with Jannicke on Instagram or via her blog. The possibilities are limitless! 

 

 

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