Top tips to take better pictures with your smartphone
Lightweight, versatile and easy to use, smartphones make fantastic cameras when you’re out and about. Thanks to their quickly improving quality, more and more budding photographers are turning their backs on traditional DSLRs and using their handset as their lens on the world.
If you’re planning on becoming a smartphone photographer, or you just want to improve your shots and get a few more ‘likes’, here are our top tips for improving your smartphone photography and getting that perfect frame every time.
Keep it simple
The simplest photos are often the most striking, so try to avoid filling the frame with too many distractions when taking your snaps.
Before you take your photo, look out for any clutter in the image like cars, other people, phone poles and cables. If you can, angle your shot to avoid this visual clutter or walk closer to your subject to remove the clutter from the frame.
Not only do simple photos look more impressive, they also help to make your subject the centre of attention, giving the image an identity and helping it stand out from the crowd.
The rule of thirds
Though you may not realise it, many of the best photos follow the rule of thirds. This means that the most important part of the photo – like a person’s eyes, a sunset or the horizon – is located either one third or two thirds of the way up the screen.
This draws the viewer’s eye straight to the focal point of the image and makes the picture instantly more powerful. Some modern handsets have built in grids to help users line up their pictures, so why not give it a go next time you’re out snapping some shots.
Line it up
An easy way to make your photos look more professional is to line up the different elements of the image. If you’re taking a photo of a landscape or cityscape, try to take it so that the horizon, treeline or buildings are all parallel or at right angles to each other.
If you’re taking a photo of a house, path, road or anything else with parallel sides, try to take it straight on, standing in the middle of the space when you click the shutter.
As smartphones use digital rather than optical zoom, the quality of the image will always be worse when you zoom in.
Before zooming, see if you can simply get close to your subject by walking towards it. If this isn’t possible, take the photo from further away and then edit it afterwards using an editing app on your handset.
If you’d like to learn more about making the most of your smartphone, take a look around the Mr Nutcase blog today.