9 Tips to Improve Your Phone Photographs
Social media is all about those images. Undoubtedly you’ve scrolled Instagram and Facebook and seen some truly beautiful feeds. Maybe you’ve felt a little envious of their talent and wondered just how you can achieve those levels. Well, read one to find out 9 quick tips to improve your phone photographs.
Treat your phone like a camera. Hold it like you would a camera and snap the photos that way. Taking images in a landscape will allow for easier cropping and using two hands to hold the camera will assist in keeping it steady.
It’s also a good idea to make sure you clean your camera lens regularly.
The rule of thirds is a photographic composition principle that breaks an image down into thirds, both horizontally and vertically. The images most pleasing to the eye see the focal point set along these lines and intersecting at various points of the thirds. Utilising the grid lines on your phone encourages you to employ the rule of thirds.
To switch the grid on …
- iPhone: Go to “Settings,” choose “Photos & Camera,” and switch “Grid” on.
- Samsung Galaxy: Launch the camera app, go to “Settings,” scroll down and switch the “grid lines” option to “on.”
Don’t zoom in. Zooming in on a camera phone pixelates the image and drops the quality. It’s best to physically move closer to the subject.
Put the flash away. Camera phone flashes are just not adept enough to be useful. Natural light is the best option when using your phone. It’s often advisable to have the light behind and above you and the camera.
Embrace negative space. Negative space is the area around the subject. A good rule of thumb is that the subject takes up two-thirds or less of the photo. Again, this where the grid lines come in handy.
Straight on photos are boring. Experiment with the perspective of an image. Get down low, climb up high, take a bird’s eye view or look straight up. Different perspectives make images more interesting.
Sometimes an image has lines in it. These lines, be it natural elements or manmade, lead the eye to the story. They create depth in an image and instantly add a more artistic feel.
The eyes love symmetry. In this case, the rule of thirds sees two-thirds identical or mirror images. Using the inbuilt grid lines will help with this.
Another pleasing element to the eye is the use of patterns or abstracts. When capturing a pattern or abstract, there’s no need to reveal the entire landscape or scene. These photos are better when tightly cropped.
- Ashayla Webster, Social Community Manager