Expensive equipment and a complicated editing process used to be the only way to achieve some fantastic photography, but thanks to the arrival of cameras on smartphones this is no longer the case. Now the phones we carry with us everywhere, coupled with some fantastic and free editing apps can give us near perfect photography, quickly and easily.
Even with such awesome tools at your fingertips it requires more than a simple point and click to take that perfect picture. There are a plethora of tips and tricks that will help you get a high quality photo, and we thought we’d help you become the best smartphone photographer you can be with a list of pointers to help you get that perfect shot.
Channelling Your Inner Photographer
With a little bit of guidance and some tips from the pros you can amp up your photography skills and get incredible images taken right on your smartphone. Understanding composition and what makes a great photo goes a long way, and coupling that with the ease and convenience of editing apps makes a huge difference in your overall quality of photos. Read on to learn more about what makes a photo great.
Focus On Only One Subject
The best pictures have only one subject. Avoid capturing too much with one frame and instead carefully select a subject and focus only on that. Even more attention can be drawn to your subject by making creative use out of the negative space around. When shooting with your smartphone make sure to tap the screen on your subject to focus in before snapping the shot and take advantage of editing tools such as brightness, contrast, and saturation to make the image even more vivid. Using the cameras grid lines will assist you in setting up the shot better and making sure your subject is properly featured.
Visual interest is critical to achieving a great picture. Ensure your shot is visually interesting by incorporating certain photography best practices such as the rule of thirds, taking advantage of unique perspectives, playing with reflections, and using leading lines to draw the viewer’s eye.
Magic Of The Filter
If you like taking pics on your phone you’ll no doubt be an active Instagram user. But for those images you don’t want to necessarily share with the world, the Instagram app allows you to make all those edits and save the image to your phone before posting. The VSCO app has an even wider variety of filter options. So even if your image wasn’t tiptop when taken, a filter can transform a mediocre snap into something worth marvelling at.
Getting the Most Out Of Your Phone
How you use your phone’s camera will affect the quality of your image as well. Some tricks to get the best picture possible from your smartphone camera include avoiding using zoom so quality isn’t compromised, refraining from using the flash due to oversaturation and enhancing your shots with the right editing apps. Also, remember that if you are only storing your photos on your phone there is a chance of loss should the device be misplaced or stolen. Always back your files up, and consider the MEEM charging and backup cable so you can keep your images safe and charge your phone at the same time, getting you back behind the camera even faster.