You can capture amazing photographs using your smartphone. We share 10 tips and tricks to help you get professional-looking photographs.
1 – Lighting is everything!
This applies whether you’re using a professional DSLR, compact camera or your smartphone. Your phone’s camera isn’t capable of handling low light so it’s even more important to think about lighting. The best time of day to shoot using your phone will be during the “Golden Hour”, which is during the hour after sunrise and before sunset. But for those low-light situations, you can use the iBlazr, a fun and easy-to-use external flash for your smart device that lights up your subject even when it’s dark.
2 – Composition.
Next to lighting, composition can make or break a photo. Your horizons should ALWAYS be straight, but don’t be afraid to play with different perspectives and try out unique angles. Use the grids on your phone to apply the rule of thirds when taking a photo.
*Apply the rule of thirds by aligning a subject with the guide lines and their intersection points, placing the horizon on the top or bottom line, or allowing linear features in the image to flow from section to section – Wikipedia.
3 – Crop. Don’t Zoom.
Your phone’s camera doesn’t offer optical zoom, so essentially your camera is guessing the image details. For this reason, never zoom in when taking a photo on your phone. Rather move in closer to take the shot. If that’s not possible, take the shot and crop the image later. Most smartphone’s do, however, offer high-resolution imagery; therefore you can easily crop your image afterwards without losing too much detail.
4 – Stability.
If you’re taking close-up shots or experimenting with video and time-lapse, you’ll quickly learn the importance of stability. Using the MeFoto Sidekick 360 smartphone tripod will keep your camera steady, and if you want to take it a step further, use your smartphone’s earphone volume control as a shutter release.