Given how commonplace smartphones have become in today’s world, it’s easy to forget what brilliant pieces of hardware they are. Especially when it comes to taking pictures. While no one understands photography more than those who pursue it as a profession, you’ll be hard-pressed to find any photographer who doesn’t appreciate how great quality pictures can be shot on smartphones these days. That’s right, to get that great shot you’re looking for, you don’t necessarily need to have a DSLR; all you need is the smartphone in your pocket and a little guidance and your pictures will automatically be of a higher quality. Mobile Photography is a great hobby to pick up. Here are a few things to keep in mind to shoot a great photo with your smartphone.
1. Symmetry and subject positioning
While art is subjective and everyone will have a different opinion on this matter, order and symmetry are by and large beautiful concepts that can be integrated into your photographs. You may not think it will have much of an effect, but framing your shot to have the subject in the middle of the shot automatically makes it look better. Lining up your shot to get a symmetrical photo is easy: just turn on grid-lines on your mobile photography app and use the grid lines to line up your subject in the center.
While professional use DSLR cameras have you fiddling around with the scope to get that perfect background blur, smartphone cameras can do all of the work for you by just having you tap on whatever you want to focus on. The area selected is automatically brought to attention and made clearer, while the background is blurred, which adds a layer of aesthetic to your photo.
3. Shooting from different angles
Ever heard of a paradigm shift? That’s right, just the way you look at a problem can help you solve it, shooting an object from a different angle than one that’s on eye level lets you capture it from a different perspective, one that may turn out better than the original one. This does take a little experimenting and trial and error, but the slight physical strain is definitely worth the results in the end.
4. Choosing the right mode
Your smartphone camera probably comes with a couple of different modes for helping you take photos in different situations. While different smartphones boast “night modes” (to help you capture great photos at night) of varying competency, almost every smartphone camera now has an HDR mode which can be used to take great photos of objects other than humans. Try these modes out with your phone and figure out which mode works best in what condition for you.
5. Post-shoot editing
Feel like you got a photo from a great angle, but it’s just a little off in terms of the color and brightness? No worries, since every (decent) smartphone camera app lets you edit these properties on your phone for any photo you may have taken. No Photoshop required here since your phone has all the tools you need to quickly edit your photo to make it look better.