This post was originally published on Fancy Little Things. I am excited to share it with you today!
I want to share with you today 4 tips for getting better photos with your smart phone! Let’s face it– we have them with us always, and our big cameras? Not so much. So shouldn’t we be utilizing the camera we always have with us? With summer here, I am guilty of not carrying my DSLR around, so I want to make the most out of using my smartphone.
Get close to your subjects.
Most smart phone cameras are better utilized when pointed closely at your subject. The small sensor in smart phone cameras allows everything to be in focus– something that big DSLR’s with bigger sensors struggle with. Use this to your advantage! Get closer and let your phone shine– you might be surprised with the outcome!
Crop your images, don’t zoom in.
If you have ever used the zoom feature on your smart phone’s camera, you know that it quickly deteriorates the quality and the perception of the object you are trying to capture. You are MUCH better off snapping the photo as is and then cropping and zooming in to get the end result. You can get rid of unnecessary items in your photo and keep the quality top notch.
Stop using the flash.
The flash on your smart phone is nothing more than an LED light, and the time it takes to flash? Well, your subject may move by then– therefore not capturing what you were wanting. If you don’t absolutely need the flash, don’t use it. It distorts the color and doesn’t give a natural light effect.
Don’t forget the basics of photography.
The rule of thirds, perspective, symmetry, lighting– these are all the basics of photography. Just because you are using your smart phone, doesn’t mean these should go by the wayside! Apply what you know of photography to when you use your phone. You may be surprised at the outcome!
(all photos taken with my iPhone, unedited.)
Play around with your phone and your photos using these tips, and hopefully, you will better utilize the camera you carry with you all of the time.