Taking photos nowadays is a lot simpler than it used to be. Simply take out your phone and snap away. The cameras on some of these modern smartphones are better than cameras of the past and people are using them more and more, whether it is to take a selfie or snap some amazing photos of natural landscape and buildings. However, to really make your phone photos stand out, you need to follow some basic rules of professional photography. Here are 9 things you should keep in mind when taking a photo with your phone to make your photos extra special.
9. Clean The Lens
Most of the times, your phone is in your pocket or your bag which is made of fabric and contains all sorts of dust particles and contaminants. These small things are sometimes invisible to the naked eye so it is highly recommended that you clean off the lens of your smartphone camera before taking a photo. If your lens is dirty, your photos will be dirty too. It will cause blurs or dust spots on the photos and most of the times, the camera is also smudged with fingerprints all over it. So it is imperative that you clean the lens with a smooth cloth before taking a photo.
8. Focus on the “Focus”
Make sure that the object you are snapping is in focus. Simply tap the screen of your iPhone or Android to activate the focus and click away when the object comes into focus. In case the subject is moving, follow the same procedure and then you may edit out the background by fading it by using some photo editing apps. This will give your picture some extra clarity and beauty.
7. Adjust Exposure
Many phones have their exposure setting set to auto while taking photos that results in photos that are either too dark or too bright. Exposure means how bright or dark your photo will be and greatly affects the quality of the photo. If your subject is in the dark, auto exposure will make the overall photo too bright or vice versa. It is, therefore, advisable to use manual exposure settings for different surroundings giving your photos a professional touch.
6. Watch the Zoom!
You might have noticed that when you take pictures of faraway objects by zooming, the resulting picture is grainy and not very clear. This is because your phone digitally zooms the photos instead of optically zooming it resulting in bad picture quality due to the loss of pixels. To avoid this, try to move as close to the object as possible or simply take a photo and then crop it. This way, you will avoid the pixel loss and your picture will be much clearer.
5. The Golden Rule of Thirds
The rule of thirds consists of mentally dividing your image using two horizontal and two vertical lines, as shown in the picture above. You then try to position the important parts of your picture along those lines or at the points where they meet. You should always try to put your subject of photo in line with the vertical lines. And align the horizon (if any) with one of the horizontal lines. We would recommend to leave the grid on. This will help you train your eye for the future.
4. Use Leading Lines
Using leading lines can make the viewer focus on the main subject at first and then lead the deeper into the image. It simply involves using vertical, horizontal or converging lines in order to focus the viewer’s attention on a certain thing in your image. In the above photo, the leading lines take the focus of the viewer to the stairs and they lead up to the silhouette of the man.
3. Shoot from Different Perspectives
Phones are a lot more workable than heavy cameras. Thus, you can experiment with different perspectives. Maybe getting low and shooting from ground level will give an interesting view that usually is not visible in the real world. Bottom line, experiment with multiple perspectives until you get it right. That’s the advantage with digital photography, you can get so much while spending so little.
2. Watch Out For Distracting Backgrounds
Distracting or cluttered backgrounds might take the focus away from your key subject. The best bet is to convert your photo into black and white, in order to keep the distracting objects and colors away like in the photo above. By eliminating all the colors, the distraction is removed.
1. Use Panorama Mode
There are multiple scenarios where a single shot with your camera won’t do justice to the scenery around you. This is the reason the Panorama mode was introduced in cameras. For example, if you want to take a shot of beautiful skyline, or a mesmerizing landscape, or an astonishing beach like in the photo below – you might want to use the Panorama mode. Simply put your phone camera in Panorama Mode and start from the left and pan your camera all the way to the right to take amazing panoramic photos.