A phoneography giveaway - the perfect competition for people who like to use their mobile phone as a camera.

I am a member of a camera club but I'm going to let you in on my guilty little photography secret. Most of the photos I submit for other members to look at during our monthly meetings are not from my all singing, all dancing camera, but from my iPhone.

Ironically because it is so simple to focus, zoom and frame and add effects on my iPhone the pictures are often better than the ones from my "proper" camera.

And because my camera is quite bulky I often leave it at home relying on my trusty phone camera to take pictures at blog events and family days out. Oh and of course whenever I eat out. I am one of those people who likes to photograph their food.

That's the other great thing about phoneography -you can share your pictures directly from the mobile phone via email, message or social media.

Currently I sport an iPhone 5s but have been eyeing up the iPhone 6s and 6s plus as my upgrade is due in less than a month.

As blogging is my actual job I wanted to check out the spec on what will effectively be my mobile office, camera and vlogging tool. Sorry Android people but I am an Apple fanatic and cannot be torn from my beautiful iPhone so these are the only phones I have been looking at.

I originally thought I would choose the smaller sized 6s which has 12 megapixel camera and all the bells and whistles I need, but have been swayed by the extra battery life and optical image stabilisation on the 6s plus camera. Yes it's big but I will make space for it in my handbag!

Those of you who have attended photography sessions at various blogger conferences and workshops will know the quality of pictures on your blog can make it look much more appealing and professional.

There are a range of gadgets and accessories you can use which if you ever use your smart phone for photography, can make your site look so much more professional.

And even if you aren't a blogger why not make the best effort with your photographs to make your digital memories crystal clear?


I have an exciting giveaway from the lovely mobile phone experts at Three who know there's nothing worse than taking a picture of your family having fun only to find it comes out too blurry to share.

To help you become a photography maven they have given me an amazing bundle of goodies worth around £70 - just in time to make the most of your festive photographs!

Enter my competition sharing your top Phoneography tips to help other mobile phone snappers and you could win everything the lucky winner will  need to create an at-home phoneography studio including: 

  • Two mini studio lights, 
  • A  BubblePod™
  • A phone stand, 
  • A mini light box with 4x colour backgrounds 
  • And a bag to transport the loot in!
A Bubble-what now? Ooh you're gonna love this. 

BubblePod™ is a clockwork turntable that rotates your smartphone smoothly and silently. As it spins, the free BubblePix™ App creates a perfect 360ยบ image. No messy joins. No batteries. No hassle. Just perfect Bubbles!

The BubblePod takes all the human error out of taking 360 pictures, holding your phone and keeping it all smooth and level. So you can just sit back and let it do its thing. Time for a 360 selfie!
To win this bumper package all you have to do it submit your top tip for taking pictures using a mobile phone in the comments section below. And despite my love of all things Apple you can submit tips for phones made by other manufacturers too.
Tell us how to make the most of available light, how to take great pics indoors, outside, of food, of moving targets. Show us your techie side and remind us of the shortcuts and accessories built into phones or tell us your favourite add-on or share selfie advice.
The competition will be judged by me along with the phoneography experts from Three. You have three weeks to enter -competition closes at Midnight on Monday November 30 and of course don't comment in anonymous mode because we won't be able to contact you if you win!
Ready? Steady -comment!

Competition small print!

1. The promoter is:Three and Madmumof7
2. Employees of Three or their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition or helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition.
3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
4. Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are outlined above
5. Closing date for entry will be midnight Monday Nov 30. After this date the no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
6. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
7. The rules of the competition and the prize for each winner are as follows: Leave a comment - prize is £70 phoneography bundle.
8. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.
9. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
10. No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
11. Winners will be chosen: by madmumof7 and Three
12. The winner will be notified by email and/or letter within 28 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
13. Three will arrange delivery of prize. 
14. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
15. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
16. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by [English] law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of [England].
17. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current [UK] data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
18. The winner’s name will be available 28 days after closing date on this website.
19. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.


  1. My top tips:
    1 - Natural light is infinitely better than using the flash, so try to position yourself between the sun and your subject, unless of course you are wanting a silhouette effect.
    2 - Find the "White Balance" setting in your phone and play with it. (In my Samsung Galaxy S4, its within camera settings, and then advanced settings) Try to choose the setting that is closest to what you are actually seeing, as all the colours will then be closer and you'll find that you're happier with your shot.
    3 - Burst mode. If you have it, use it. Digital photography is BRILLIANT because it allows us to make errors. Take loads of photos, and then choose the best out of them all. Burst mode is especially good for taking pictures of animals and children as they move so fast!

    Bubble pod looks BRILLIANT! Would be fantastic for taking shots in London of the beautiful skyline but I think it would be even better to take it up to Ivinghoe Beacon and capture the beauty from up there as the sunsets. <3

  2. My ultimate top tip is to ensure you have a nice depth of field, don't be scared to tap the screen and focus on what you're taking a photo of. Having a shallow depth of field really adds a level of professionalism to any photo :)

  3. Firstly, don't skip the instructions on your phone. Learn how to use it and find out exactly what all the camera functions do BEFORE you start snapping away. Secondly, small tricks can make a huge difference to getting interesting and artistic photos. My favourite tip is for when you are shooting in very bright sunlight - use a pair of sunglasses (not polarized) and place them over the camera lens. You'll get a clearer photo with less lens flare and nobody will know how you managed to get a picture in the galre of the sun!

  4. take your time practice makes perfect.

  5. My top tips - natural light is your friend! It can make the world of difference with a phone camera. Door ways or in front of large windows can really help. Use a piece of A4 white paper as a cheap reflector by holding it just underneath of where you intend to compose the photo, and it'll bounce the light back up to help diminish shadows and dark eye bags

  6. My top tips is get outside and explore, The best light is free and outside!


  7. I'd say don't zoom in on anything! Zooming in makes the picture quality worse and grainy. It's so much better to move closer to what you want to take a picture of or crop your photo afterwards.

  8. My top tips for taking pictures on my iPhone are as follows:

    1- Natural Lighting is best, pictures never look good on a phone in low lighting as you have no way to change the aperture of the lens.

    2- Do not zoom! Phone zooms are so terrible and all that will happen is that you will end up with grainy photos

    3- Apps! There are a whole host of great apps that can help to take your photos to the next level, from interesting filters, to frames and collages, you can do so much nowadays

  9. I find taking lots of photos of toddlers always works well as then at least one is usually ok!! I use a timer app for taking photos of myself and Amelia when were out and about!

  10. Look at things from unusual angles and experiment....even if you're sure it'll never work!

  11. Take loads of pics from different view points and focuses and pick out the best.

  12. Hi - my 1st tip is patience eg. waiting 5 or 10 minutes for light to change can made the difference between a good photo and a great photo. The 2nd is to move yourself eg. changing your position kneeling down or moving a couple of meters can improve the photo. My very last tip is to have fun, enjoy the successes and learn from the fails. xxx


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