With the advancements in cell phones, we are all lucky enough to constantly have access to a pretty spectacular camera. In this article, we'll go over some tips for taking better pictures with your phone.
Which Type of Phone Takes the Best Photos?
I'm not going to touch this one with a ten-foot pole. Both iPhones and Androids have amazing cameras. Especially considering the limitations in space. This article won't attempt to compare hardware. Instead, we hope to offer general suggestions that everyone can use.
Taking Better Pictures With Your Phone
There are several ways by just making a few adjustments to improve your photos. We'll go over them one by one here. One thing I can not stress enough is to experiment and play around with your device. We live in a digital age and taking a bad photo has little to no repercussions. If you don't like a photo, you can simply delete it. There's no cost of film or anything. So get out there and play around.
No, this does not mean take pictures of people kissing. Nor does it mean to kiss your device. I understand that you REALLY like your phone, I like mine too. But they are inanimate objects and your affection means nothing to it. I know, it's a cold and heartless machine. K.I.S.S. is an acronym for Keep It Simple Stupid. When I first heard this term, I thought the acronym was calling me stupid. So I punched my monitor and hurt my hand. Then someone explained to me that "simple stupid" is just a way to highlight 'simple.' Keep things basic.
A minimalist approach can really work in photography. Try to stick to one subject when composing your shot. It's much easier to manage and you'll get a clean photograph. Try photographing your subject on a clean background.
Change your Angle
When we're taking a photo, we tend to hold the camera to our eye height. However, you can take a much more interesting photograph if you change to a low or high angle.
Experimenting with different angles can really help to give a different look to your photos. Try changing your angle horizontally too. Remember, you're shooting digital, so fire away.
Don't Be Afraid to Get Close
When we take photos, especially with our phones, we tend to stand at a comfortable distance. But having your subject fill up the frame of the photo isn't a bad thing. Don't be afraid to get close to your subject. Unless it's a lion. You should be afraid of lions. They have teeth and claws that will hurt you. That is a healthy fear. I can't stress this enough, do not get up close to lions or any other wild animal for that matter.
Getting up close to our subject gives us a chance to display some details that we normally wouldn't notice in our subject. This is an especially effective technique when photographing pets. So get a little closer to fluffy and you're well on your way to taking better pictures with your phone.
Think About Your Composition
Taking better pictures with your phone really just takes a bit of thought. Don't just focus on your subject when taking a picture. Think about everything surrounding your subject as well.
It's so easy to forget that your subject is inhabiting a space that will also be part of your photograph. I'm guilty of this one quite often. But you have to consider the entire composition of your photo.
Be Mindful of Lighting
Lighting is a tricky one. You might want to try photographing outside. I'm not telling you to only photograph things outdoors, but honestly, that is the easiest setting to take pictures with your cell phone.
Golden Hour is typically the first hour of sunrise or the last hour of sunset. It gives everything a nice sort of soft orange glow. If you can photograph outdoors at those times, you can get some spectacular results. But you can experiment with different lighting to see what you like. The only thing I would avoid is fluorescents, like in a garage or office setting. Those never look good.
Use the Gridlines
Pretty much all cell phone cameras have an option to turn a grid on or off. Turn the grid on. It's great for centering shots. But more importantly, it will allow you to apply the rule of thirds to your photos. You basically want to put your subject where ever the lines intersect. It opens up the photo and makes for a much more interesting composition.
With the technology in phones, today cameras are only going to get better. But that's not really important. The camera doesn't make the photographer. No matter the phone or the camera you are using, with a little bit of patience, you can take great photos.
Check out these images taken with a pinhole camera to see what I mean.