5 Tips for Taking Amazing Photos with Your Smartphone
It’s hard to believe that taking a memorable snapshot a few years ago used to be expensive and often called for fancy, expensive cameras along with professional editing software, but today, this is no longer the case
No need to invest in an expensive DSLR when you have a smartphone that can take photos that are just as good!
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Follow the Fibonacci sequence
The “rule of thirds” is based around the principle of making subjects interesting by placing them a little off-center or to the side of the picture. In nature, this is the Fibonacci sequence at work: a ratio that applies not just to mathematics, but also in visual art – and that includes photography.
For your smartphone, follow the gridlines on your screen. Centering the subject on these intersections or along the lines will make your photo more balanced and level, and as a result, your shot looks more natural.
2. Look for different perspectives
Unexpected angles make your snapshots unique and more memorable, especially since they give the subject the illusion of depth or height. They are also more striking and easier to edit, and appear cleaner if you do.
You can easily get this effect by taking photos directly upward and using the sky as a sort of negative space, or taking the shot from the downward angle.
3. One subject at a time
Most of the best photos of all time are the ones that only focus on one subject. Doing this serves two purposes: it lets you take more time to find the right angle and focus for your picture, and the resulting shot appears cleaner and less chaotic.
Having one subject also allows you to play with negative space, and with a smartphone, this is easier to do.
4. Experiment with color blocking
Color blocking highlights the subject and gives it striking contrast against its background, similar to negative space, and you can use this to achieve different effects in your photos.
One advantage that a smartphone has over a DSLR camera is that you can edit your pictures as soon as you take them. There are various apps that you can download for free that let you play with different colors in an image.
5. Crop – don’t zoom
While many smartphone cameras have a zoom function, you can immediately notice the reduction in quality when you use this feature. In many cases, it’s actually better to not zoom when you’re trying to find the right focus on a photo.
With the exception of wild animals, try getting closer to your subject instead of simply zooming in from a distance. This not only gives you better quality, but also lets you capture the small details.