You don’t have to be a professional photographer to capture breathtaking images that can make your Instagram feed awesome. Taking photos with your smart phone is actually a piece of cake, as long as you follow specific guidelines. Here are some helpful techniques you should know to perfectly take photos with the use of your smartphone:
Clean the Lens
Just like a professional camera, you can’t take great photos when the glass of the lens is dirty. Dust, dirt, and fingerprints on your lens will greatly affect the quality of your photos. It will leave smudges or blurs on your images. A clean lens will help you get sharp, clear images with your smart phone.
Get the exposure right
Exposure simply refers to how bright or dark the image is. Your final image will always be better if you get the exposure right.
Use Natural Light
Instead of using the built-in flash, take advantage of the sources of natural light you can find, even after dark. That gives you a chance to play with shadows, like in the second image below, or create a silhouette with other ambient sources of light, like traffic and surrounding buildings.
Once you’ve taken the photo, play with the “Exposure” tool in your favorite photo editing app to see if you can make the image slightly brighter, without making it too grainy.
Set the Focus on One Subject
Many of the best photos include just one, interesting subject. So when taking a picture of one, spend some extra time setting up the shot. Be sure you tap the screen of your smart phone to focus the camera on your subject — that’ll help to ensure that it’s focused and the lighting is optimized.
Use Gridlines to Balance Your Shot
Good composition is very important when it comes to taking eye-catching photos. One of the easiest and best ways to improve your mobile photos is to turn on the camera’s grid lines. That superimposes a series of lines on the screen of your phone’s camera that are based on the “rule of thirds” — a photographic composition principle that says an image should be broken down into thirds, both horizontally and vertically, so you have nine parts in total.
According to this theory, if you place points of interest in these intersections or along the lines, your photo will be more balanced, level, and allow viewers to interact with it more naturally.
Don’t Use the Zoom
If you are trying to get a near view of a faraway subject, it would be better if you just walk closer instead. Zooming in can make the photo appear grainy, blurry, or pixelated. If there’s no way that you can get closer to the subject for a better shot, you can crop the image in the editing process. This way you can make it look like you are closer to the subject than you really are.
Keep your camera steady
Any movement of your phone will result in a blurred image. To avoid blurry image, you should hold the phone with both hands or rest it on a solid surface to keep it steady. Another option to keep your phone steady is to use a tripod.
Make use of negative spaces
Negative space simply refers to the areas around the subject. It’s often a large expanse of open sky, water, or a large wall. When you include a lot of empty space in a photo, your subject will stand out more.
Take Multiple Shots
If you see a picture-worthy view, don’t just take one shot! There is a very low chance of getting a good photo with your first shot. Collect multiple shots from different angles, and then select the best well-composed shot.
Don’t be afraid to edit
Composing and taking your smartphone photo is just the first step to making it visually compelling. Editing your photos is the next step. Filters can be a valuable tool in enhancing your photo, particularly when it comes to removing blemishes.
There are a lot of great photo editing apps out there for mobile devices. Check out our upcoming article about the best photography apps you can use with your smartphone!