Cannabis iPhonography

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So you just got home from the dispensary with some beautiful, frosty buds, and of course, you want to show off your stash to all your friends… But the cellphone pictures just don’t do the bud justice. Sound familiar? This is a common problem with tokers all over the world, I get asked on the daily how to step up the photo game without the expensive camera equipment, so I decided to share with you all some easy tricks to enhance your bud shots.

Spice up your Cannabis iPhonography with these 5 simple steps:

1. Find the light

The heavy back-lighting shadows the bud, making it look like a big black blob with little to no detail.

The heavy back-lighting shadows the bud, making it look like a big black blob with little to no detail.

Instead, try rotating around the bud so that the sunlight highlights the frost-covered beauty.

Instead, try rotating around the bud so that the sunlight highlights the frost-covered beauty.

The most important step in photography, analyze your light! You want all the trichomes to glitter and reflect that light, so be sure to rotate yourself around the bud to find where the sun perfectly highlights your glimmering bud.

Backlighting can look awesome for certain photos, but if your goal is to show off your buds then align those beautiful buds with the sun and use Mother Nature to your advantage!

I’m sure some of you in Southern California are thinking, “But the sun is too damn bright to capture my buds properly!” Which is totally valid, the sun can be too bright at times and won’t show off the details or captivating colors of your chronic. To fix this, try going out on an overcast or semi-cloudy day so that the light is more diffused. You can also find a nice shady spot that still reflects that bright light onto your beautiful buds.

2. Consider your background

This shot isn't too bad, but it is pretty boring...

This shot isn’t too bad, but it is pretty boring…

Try adding a colorful background to make your weed porn more dynamic!

Try adding a colorful background to make your weed porn more dynamic!

The little things make a big difference! Taking an extra second to look around your surroundings to find something to use as a background really makes your nug shots POP. And remember, buds are small! You don’t need anything too big or crazy, a simple sticker or postcard could change the entire feel of your shot.

3. Find your focus, perfect your angle


This may seem like a simple step but you’d be surprised how often it’s overlooked. Not only do you want to make sure the bud itself is in focus, but you want to be aware of 
where you’re focusing on the bud. In this example, both shots are pretty nice but one clearly stands out more than the other and that’s all thanks to focusing on the best part of the bud!

4. Add Some Context

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Use random accessories around your house to show off your personality, add some color, and take your bud shots to the next level!

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Everything is always more fun with props! Try throwing in the accessories you’re about to enjoy your sticky icky with — that cool new pipe your friend gave you, or maybe you’re about to twax a joint with some terp sauce — adding some extra goodies to the shot always makes it more dynamic.

4. Add Another Light Source

Light some hemp wick for a warm-toned, portable light source!

Light some hemp wick for a warm-toned, portable light source!

This small step can make a huge difference in the quality of your weed porn. Just like in professional photography, multiple light sources help create a more dynamic nug shot. Something as simple as a flashlight, Christmas lights, candles, etc. can make your followers stop their scrolling and do a double take (and tap) on your dank weed.


Now that you know the top tips for taking the dankest pics, put those skills to use, snap your stash, and tag us on Instagram @marijuanadotcom

About Author

Allie is a NW-based content curator for Marijuana.com and an organic farmer at TKO Reserve. She has been a professional in the marijuana industry since she was 18 years old, spending the first five years of her career working for Dope Magazine as lead photographer. Allie has worked on mainstream projects such as Idiot's Guide: Growing Marijuana, Branding Bud: The Consumerization of Cannabis and her own self-published book, As The Grass Grows.

1 Comment

  1. I actually definitely like this article! I take pics of nugs more often than I thought and adding the extra light sources, especially with like a cool wick or something, is a great idea that extends past taking photos of cannabis! Thanks Allie 🙂

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