Smartphones take amazing photos these days. However, it’s still you that takes the photo, not the camera. So here are 5 suggestions that can single-handedly change everything about the images you create. My aim is to have you consistently exclaiming either, “I can’t believe I took this shot with my phone!”, or, “I can’t believe I took this shot!!”
Either one, and my job is complete.
Without further adieu, I present to you my camera phone photo tips for excellence :
1. Get into position for your photo BEFORE the shot happens.
2. Ask yourself, “What am I taking a photo of?” and then, “How can I best show that subject?”
To get to the second answer, take more than one frame. (For every final shot I post on Instagram, there are an array of other attempts, taken with different angles, crops and perspectives).
3. Shoot first, crop second. I learned this tip from a professional Instagrammer. Turns out, when you use your camera zoom, your file degrades. To preserve the image quality, take the photo at full frame, then zoom in to crop later in your phone. (Either way, use the crop tool judiciously – it is always better to get the shot you want in the camera the first time when you take the shot.)
4. Play with angles with your phone. These devices are small and discreet — use them to your advantage. No need to hold them at standing eye level – instead, get down on the ground, or climb up high for an unique perspective.
5. Try taking photos of your friends and family without asking them to stop what they are doing and smile at you. You might find you like what you capture a whole lot more.
Here are a few examples for illustration from my phone this summer…