Thanks to smartphones and editing apps, we can now take high quality photos and edit them without too much trouble.
But taking a great photo on your smartphone is not as simple as pointing and shooting. There are plenty of bad smartphone photos out there – I’m sure you’ve seen one or two of them. A great smartphone image is a great thing. And these days even the world’s best professional photographers like to experiment with smartphone photography and happily show off their results.
So, what’s the secret to taking great pictures with your smartphone? Turns out there are a few of them. Check out these tips below to improve your smartphone photography game.
Focus on one subject.
Many of the best photos include just one, interesting subject. Plus, it’s usually easier to get the composition right when your photo only has one subject. Spend some extra time setting up the photo, tap the screen of your smartphone to focus the camera on your subject, and shoot ! .
Embrace negative space.
Use negative space (i.e. empty space) to your advantage here to make your subject stand out even more. When you include a lot of empty space, your subject will stand out more and create greater impact. Negative space is a large expanse of open sky, water, an empty field, or a large wall.
Find interesting perspectives.
One great way to make your photo memorable is to take it at a unique, unexpected angle. This can create a cool illusion with the subjects in your photo. Try taking a photo straight up and playing with the sky as negative space, like in the first photo below. Or take it from the perspective with an object in the foreground – as is the case with the handlebars of this bicycle overlooking the mountains.
Play with reflections.
Look for opportunities to play with reflections. There are plenty of other sources for great reflection photos: puddles, larger bodies of water, mirrors, sunglasses, glass, metallic surfaces, and more.
Keep an eye out for repetitive patterns.
Repetitive patterns are another pleasing subject to photograph. They appear whenever strong graphic elements are repeated over and over again, such as lines, geometric shapes, forms, and colors. These patterns can make a strong visual impact. Keep an eye out for where they appear naturally. As in this image with rows of lotus shaped lamps.
Capture small details.
Close-up photos that capture small, intricate, delicate details can make for really compelling photographs. Because god is in the details..
Keep the flash off.
Have you ever found a great smartphone photo taken with a flash ? Most of the time, they’re overexposed and make the colors in your photo go totally out of whack. Take advantage of whatever natural light you can find. Play with shadows, or create a silhouette.
Keep it candid.
Candid shots of people doing things, or people with people, are often far more interesting. Because they more effectively capture the emotion and essence of the moment. One of the best ways to capture an interesting candid shot is to take a lot of photos. Try Burst Mode. You’ll have more to choose from, and often the best photos happen when the everyone is just so. Or an expression has been caught.
Use the right photo editing apps.
Composing and taking your smartphone photo is just the first step to making it visually compelling. Editing your photos using mobile editing apps is the next step — and a very critical one, at that. Hunt around for the best apps for your device. Read reviews. Experiment till you find what works for you and create some awesome images right on your phone.
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