Four Tips for Taking Better Photos With Your Phone
It’s great to take out the big camera for special occasions, like when you're an artistic Colorado wedding photographer, but nine out of ten times, it’s better to use your phone. After all, you always have it with you, and the cameras on phones can take some pretty good images – may as well use them!
1. Get closer. Taking a photo of your son or daughter on the swing? You really don’t need the entire swing set in the photo – fill up the whole frame with your kiddo’s laughing face. Yes, this is a tougher shot. You’re going to need to take more than one. Which leads me to my next tip:
2. Take more photos, and use burst mode: When do you ever nail something on the first try? Probably hardly ever! So why would that be the case with photos? Shoot a lot – especially action shots! If you’re like me, your phone is at full capacity, and you don’t have a lot of room for 30 photos of your friends attempting the perfect boomerang. But, there’s a simple fix – just delete the rejected photos. Save one from your burst, and save your space.
3. Notice contrast: Phone cameras are A M A Z I N G, but they are still so limited. They’re limited compared to professional gear, and they’re unbelievably limited compared to your own eyeballs. Our eyes are basically miracles. We can see the brightest brights and the darkest shadows in the same moment. Our cameras – even the most technologically advanced cameras on the planet – cannot keep up. To take better photos, we have to think like our cameras think! That means the name of the game is consistent lighting. I’ll tell you the truth – this one takes some practice. You have to be able to S E E it before you can photograph it!
4. Stop saying cheese. Seriously – go for more authentic moments than ‘look-at-me-and-smile’ moments. You know how to make your friends or family laugh. Take the extra few moments to create something fun for your photo subjects. And don’t be afraid to be silly – I know your pride takes a hit, but it’s going to be worth it to get that photo everyone loves.
That’s it for now! What do you think? Will you be able to use any of these? Which ones seem easiest to start using today? Would love to hear your feedback in the comments!