We’re always trying to take better and better photos. With the rise of Instagram and other photo-sharing apps, there’s more pressure than ever to take the best photos to make all of your friends jealous. However, how can you do that without a super nice camera? Well, there are plenty of ways that you can use your own smartphone to make fantastic photos. All you’ve got to do is take the time to learn the below smartphone photography tricks and your photos are going to start looking super professional and great.
- Take A Second
With photography, it’s important that you take the time to line up your shot and really take your time in snapping photos. With the fantastic camera that you have on your smartphone (which even rivals some professional cameras), you can really take great photos. That’s why our first tip for taking great photos is to take a second before you snap that photo. Line up your subjects, figure out your composition, and adjust the lighting before you take that photo and put it up on Instagram.
- Know the principles of composition
There are big principles in photography that should be known and followed if you want to take great photos. There are plenty of rules to learn, but one of the most important for you to take away from this article is the Rule of Thirds. This basically says that you want to line up your main subject(s) in one of the four corners of your camera screen, where there are three of those blocks from the view finder. This is going to properly balance out your photo and make it more appealing for viewers. Whether you’re using Portrait mode or any other camera mode, this principle is one you need to know.
- Get up close and personal
One of the biggest tips we can give you when it comes to take better photos on your smartphone is to get up close and personal whenever you want to take detailed photos of a subject. The zoom on smartphones just isn’t the best, so it’s best to cut that out entirely by moving closer to your subject when you want a closer shot.
- Forget Using the Flash
When you’re taking a photo in the dark, it might be your first instinct to turn on the flash and get the photo shot that way. However, that’s just not the best way to go about things. The light from a smartphone camera’s flash is pretty harsh and just doesn’t do anything to make your photo look good. It’s best to take photos in the daylight or when you have the proper lighting without flash.
- Think About Using a Different Camera App
There are tons of camera apps for you to choose from on the app market. You might think that you’re automatically stuck with your smartphone’s factory camera app, but you can easily look around on the market and find plenty of camera apps that offer many more features and customization options than what came with your smartphone.
- Take Some Time to Learn the Settings on Your App
Whenever you have a new app that’s not the standard camera app, it’s worth it to take the time to learn the settings on it. Most likely, there are plenty of other options for shooting your photo and customizing what you see on the screen. Take the time after you’ve downloaded it to learn what it has to offer.
- Moderately Use HDR
If you weren’t aware, HDR is the option that will take various photos on different exposure levels and combine them into one photo. It’s standard in most smartphone cameras, but should be used in moderation. When you use HDR, it can create photos that look a little off because of the different exposure levels used.
- Be Careful with Using Filters
We all know that you can easily go a little overboard with the filters. Make sure to only use the proper filter for you picture that makes it look appealing to the eye. There’s definitely such a thing as too much of a good thing when it comes to filters!
- Editing Should Be the Next Skill You Learn
If you want to take good smartphone photos, you’ve got to learn how to edit. There are plenty of editing apps on the market like VSCO or Snapseed that are absolutely fantastic in helping your photos look a whole lot better than when you first snapped them.
- Keep Your Lens Clean
And lastly, you would be surprised at the number of people who take photos with their smartphone without cleaning their lens at first. Many people might be confused about why their photo is looking grainy and the first solution to that problem is most likely the dirt on your camera lens!
And there you have it, folks! These are the tips you need to know in order to start taking awesome smartphone photos. Happy shooting!