The autumn is one of the most beautiful times of the year to take pictures and your phone camera makes it easy and convenient. Here are some pro tips to help you get the most out of your phone photography.
Use Camera Gridlines
One of the easiest ways to improve your mobile photos is to turn on the camera gridlines. That superimposes a series of lines on your smartphone’s camera screen that are based on the “rule of thirds” – a photographic composition principle that says an image should be broken down into thirds, both horizontally and vertically.
According to this theory, if you place points of interest at the gridline intersections or along the lines, your photo will be more balanced and level, and viewers will interact with it more naturally.
To switch the grid on:
1. iPhone: Go to “Settings,” choose “Photos & Camera,” and switch “Grid” on.
2. Samsung Galaxy: Launch the camera app, go to “Settings,” scroll down and switch the “grid lines” option to “on.”
Have One Subject
Many of the best photos have just one, interesting subject. Your subject shouldn’t fill the entire screen and two-thirds of the image should be negative space (see next tip).
Embrace Negative Space
“Negative space” simply refers to the areas around and between the subjects of an image. Your subject will stand out more and get a stronger reaction from your viewer with good negative space. And what does that look like? It’s often a large expanse of open sky, water, an empty field, or a large wall.
Play with Reflections
Our eyes are drawn to reflections, so look for opportunities to play with them in photos. Not only can you find them in water, but also mirrors, sunglasses and metallic surfaces.
Use Leading Lines
In some photos, there’s a visual line that draws the eye to a certain place in an image. That’s called a leading line and it brings depth to the image. It might be a staircase, a road or a path through the woods and it can make your photo look purposefully designed.
Capture Small Details
Close-up images that capture small, intricate, and delicate details can make for a really great photo. Literally, look closely.
Use Natural Light
It’s hard to find a great smartphone photo that was taken with a flash. Find sources of natural light and take advantage of them, even after dark. By day however, a flash can be helpful to soften dark shadows behind or beneath your main subject.
Take Candid Shots
Posed photos can be great for the sake of memories, but candid shots can be far more interesting and can capture the emotion of a moment.
Clean Camera Lens
A smartphone camera is convenient, but in your pocket or bag the lens is constantly collecting dust and lint. Be sure to clean the lens with a soft handkerchief before taking a photo.
Composing and taking your smartphone photo is just the first step. Editing your photo is the next step – and a very critical one. Don’t be afraid to do it and you can do it using the tools found right on your phone.