Want to take better photos with your phone? Here are 5 very easy smartphone photography tips to get you started:
Clean the lens off!
This is the most basic tip ever, but it makes such a noticeable difference!
Give your phone lens a quick wipe off with your sleeve or a clean tissue before you take a photo or video. You’ll be amazed at how easily your lens can get smudges on it.
They’re usually fingerprint marks, but they can really ruin your photos by making them look hazy or murky.
Line it up
Make sure that your photo is as straight as possible when you’re taking it. Wonky smartphone images tend to look noticeably amateurish.
There are ways of straightening it whilst editing, but it’s better to line it up properly when you’re snapping.
Most phone cameras have a grid that overlays the screen, which comes in really handy for keeping things straight. If there’s something straight in your photo that you can also use as a point of reference (e.g. the edge of a table if you’re taking a flatlay photo of your coffee) that’s even better!
Make sure the exposure’s correct
Your phone should do this naturally anyway, but make sure you tap on the screen on the thing that you’re taking a photo of so that it’s definitely exposing for the right area of the frame. (This’ll also mean that your phone is focussing on the right thing too.)
You can always edit the exposure in an app afterwards, but you’ll usually find that if your photo is too dark, it’ll be hard to bring enough brightness back into the image. And if your photo is overexposed to begin with, it’ll be very hard to salvage it.
If you want to go the extra mile for making your smartphone photos look fancy, you can always edit them. There are loads of apps out there like VSCO, Afterlight and Snapseed (Plus, you can always check out my post on the top 5 apps for making your phone photos look like film).
With there being so many apps out there for editing your smartphone photos, it can leave you feeling spoilt for choice.
Having said that, if you want to get more followers on somewhere like Instagram, it’s generally important to have a cohesive feed, which brings me to my next point…
Stick to the same style with your smartphone photography
Once you’ve settled on a theme that you like, stick with it. Don’t use too many different filters or presets. It’s also important not to mix and match with filters that clash.
It’s great to play around and see what works best for you, what fits your style, and what you like best, but if you’re posting one highly contrasted black and white image one day, and a teal and orange toned one the next, your followers won’t know what to expect from you.
The more your photos fit your particular editing style, the more easily they’ll be recognisable as yours.
What tips would you add?