I was given my first camera when I was eight years old. To this day I still get excited taking pictures. The thing is, you don’t need a high end expensive camera to take beautiful pictures. A lot of the pictures on my Instagram feed were taken with my iPhone. Now don’t get me wrong, I have a SLR that I love and shoot with on a regular basis but if you don’t have access to a camera, your smartphone camera will do the job, too!
My five tips to taking great pictures with your smartphone:
- Natural light – I mentioned this in an earlier post and I will probably mention it in future posts, natural light makes a huge difference. If you’re taking pictures indoors try to take them near a natural light source light such as windows or doors.
- Rule of thirds – It’s not one of the most exciting tips but it will change the way you look at taking pictures. To use the rule of thirds most smartphones come with a grid to help you. To turn the grid on, head into Settings > Photos & Camera and toggle the “Grid” option to on. Like the photo above, you will now see a grid of lines dividing the screen on your smartphone into thirds both horizontally and vertically. When taking pictures try placing your subjects along those lines or at the points where the lines intersect. When I took the picture above of my favourite white tulips I made sure they lined up with the right grid line. By simply using the rule of thirds your photos will be more interesting. You can try this with horizon shots, too.
- Always tap the subject to focus – Did you know you can tap your smartphone screen to ensure that the subject of your photo is in focus? I always tap on the main subject on my screen just to double check that the camera is focusing on the right subject. A photo that is in focus is a lot prettier than a blurry one.
- Shoot from the level of your subject – When I take pictures of my toddler I always make sure to sit on the floor so that I am on his level. Keep this in mind whether you’re taking pictures of kids or objects. This perspective will make your subjects stand out more.
- Edit your photos with an app – I love apps! There are several apps that can help enhance your photos. Whether it’s with a filter or helping to increase exposure etc, apps are great tools that you can use to pretty up your photos. Some of my favourites are VSCO, Snapseed, Afterlight and Instagram itself. I’ll go into each of these in more detail in a future post. In the meantime check them out and explore the endless possibilities to transforming your photos from good to great!
Do you have a favoutite tip? Leave me a comment and let me know!
Sincerely Nikki, xo