When it comes to buying a new smartphone, the number one thing that people consider is the quality of the camera. In addition, I know you would agree that there are many options for smartphones with advanced cameras on today’s market today. There is also a plethora of camera applications that will help you take DSLR-like photos using your phone. The great thing about them is that they are affordable and easy to use whether you are photographing portrait, street, architectural, or underwater scenery.
The best way to take advantage and maximizing of your phone’s camera is to follow the basic photography principles. Otherwise, what is the use of the 18-megapixel front and rear cameras if you only fill your phone memory with selfies and ordinary photos? If you are wondering how others can get great photos using their phones, we are here to give you the answer. Take a look at these “phonetography” tips and tricks.
- Consider the lighting
You cannot thank natural light enough for bringing color and vibrancy to your images. No amount of flash can rival the sunlight. Alternatively, you can use artificial light or make use of the other sources of light around you. The point is lighting is the most important element in your photo. Lighting is more than just the brightness or darkness of the image; it determines the tone and mood.
- Use gridlines
The gridlines in the camera mode will improve your mobile photos. It will help you check the composition if you are following the rule of thirds. Place your subject in the intersections to make your photos look balanced and level.
- Focus on the subject
Most phones automatically focus. However, sometimes, you have to tap the screen to focus on the subject better. Now, it takes more than the focal point to lead the viewer’s eye to the subject. Professional photographers say that your subject should not fill the entire frame. You should leave enough breathing space or negative space so that the subject will stand out. Otherwise, the image will look cluttered and unbalanced.
- Play with angles
Try taking photos from an unexpected angle. Make your viewers see something new with your photos. Angles are another important factor when taking a photo because they affect the depth and height of your subject.
- Study the lines
The element of line is almost present in all outdoor photos such as stairs, buildings, train tracks, and roads. Use the lines to draw the viewer’s eyes to a certain point. Lines impress continuity and create depth. They can make two-dimensional images appear three-dimensional.
- Never zoom in
No smartphone has ever copied the zooming mechanism of DSLR cameras. At least, not yet. I am sure you notice how the quality of the image changes as you zoom into your subject. So instead of zooming, why not get closer?
- Snap as many photos as possible
Even professional photographers capture as many photos of the same scene before they pick the best. Therefore, as an amateur, you should not be afraid to keep on snapping. However, of course, leave everything to chance. Take into consideration the things mentioned above as you snap.