Everyone’s a photographer now, but what can make your phone snapshots stand out from all the rest? With almost all phones being equipped with better cameras than my first point and shoot, the capabilities for amazing photos are endless. Even though I have another camera, I still find myself going back to my iPhone for wide shots or for bright photos for my Instagram feed.
At the end of this quick lesson, you’ll be able to not only create beautiful images from your phone camera, but also be more confident and creative with your phone photography.
To start, don’t feel guilty about using your phone for photos! If your photos are still high quality, who cares how you got them. IPhone and Android cameras are amazing and you don’t need to invest in a DSLR when you are just beginning to dabble in photography. I still find myself pulling out my iPhone to take a picture of a sunset or a freshly baked treat.
In order to create beautiful images with your phone camera, you have to make sure you are following the photography basics for a great photo:
-rule of thirds
Don’t take a picture of a rock. Or a a leaf, unless it is a REALLY interesting leaf. There’s a squirrel on the rock? Cool, go ahead and take a photo of that. Make sure your subject is something that will interest your viewer, and make it clear that they are the subject!
Don’t take photos in low light situations if you can help it. If you are somewhere where the lighting just isn’t great, take a few photos in different areas and see if you can repair the images in editing. Great lighting is truly what makes the great photos stand out from the mediocre. The best lighting is natural light from windows. Use a piece of white paper out of the shot to further brighten up the frame and you’ve got the recipe for an amazing photo. (have someone hold it under the camera when taking still life or a model hold it in their lap for a head shot)
Rule of Thirds:
Make sure your subject isn’t always centered in the shot. On iPhones, you can turn the grid for rule of thirds on in your settings and the goal is to place a point of interest on an axis. You can break this rule, but switching up from the typical centered shot will help your photography become better, and it’s a quick, easy fix.
An unfocused photo isn’t even worth posting. Make sure your shots are always crisp. Place your phone on a table when shooting, or if you are just doing it handheld, hold with two hands and rest your elbows on your stomach. Having trouble getting your camera to focus where you want it? Try holding down the part of the screen where you want it to focus-this locks focus on iPhones and most android offer the same feature.
Switch up your angles, sometimes taking them and eye level, below (worm’s eye), or above (bird’s eye), to make your photo more captivating. Even better, shoot where you can’t physically be, like under the Christmas tree with the presents. With iPhones, you can use the ear buds with the mic attached and press the volume up button while in the camera to take a photo so you don’t have to be under the tree to get the shot you want.
So there you’ve got it, the most basic tips to help improve your iPhone photography. Now get out there and start practicing! Make sure to tag your photos with the hash tag #honestlyhaley so I can see what you create! Happy shooting, photo lovers!