Taking photos with your phone is easy and convenient. I use my Iphone all the time when I need to capture something fast. I know that most of you do the same. I also know that many of you are not quite content with the outcome quality - yellowish, overexposed, blurry photos are not what you want to show your friends or post on your social media channels.
So let me share with you 5 simple tips on taking better photos with your phone.
RULE 1 - NO ZOOM
To be honest I thought everyone knows this rule and didn’t think of adding this point to the post. But than the other day I saw my mom doing it, so I changed my mind.
Why won't zooming benefit your photography? To put it the easy way - by zooming in you reduce the quality of your image. It will be full of pixels and in most cases blurry, because you can’t keep your phone steady the whole time. If you want to process your photo afterwards the quality will remain low as well.
INSTEAD: If you have an urge to zoom do it after you took your photo. You can crop it and the quality of the image will be significantly better than if you zoom in first.
RULE 2 -AIM FOR NATURAL LIGHT
Natural life is king in the photography world. Try to aim for natural light instead of using flash or artificual lights. Shades, sun beams through a window or tree leaves, sun drops - it all gives your photo an extra touch. This applies to the daylight photo.
In dark conditions a phone looses against camera, but if you really need to take a photo in the dark try to avoid additional shades. If you use the artificial light try to position is on the subject and not infront or behind it.
rule 3 - use the back lense
Another easy rule which will help your photos to maintain a better quality of your images. Back lense of almost every phone is more powerful than the front one. Try to take photos (selfies included) only using your back lense.
rULE 4 - use manuaL settings
Sometimes when catching a certain moment there is no time for manual settings.
But if you have a chance try to set the exposure and focus manually.
On Iphone you can do so by pressing your finger on a certain object on the screen and hold is for a second. The AE/AF Lock symbol will show up with a little 'sun' symbol. Now your object is in focus and you can adjust exposure (brightness) of your image by moving your finger up and down next to the sun symbol. This is helpful for avoiding over- or underexposure, for example when you are taking photos under difficult weather conditions like direct sunlight.
If your phone offers RAW option, by all means use it - you can do so much more with RAW files than Jpeg files during the post-processing.
rule 5 - use extras
Mobile photography is very popular these days and as a result there are plenty of accessories and extras which were developed to help mobile photographers take better photos. I won't recommend getting them all, but there are some which proved to be useful.
- Extra lenses These are great for achieving better images with a great quality too! I haven't used them myself, but my fellow photographer friends say the the ones from Moment are the best.
- Post-Processing apps If you are unhappy with the photo outcome or just want to adjust a couple of settings you can use the standard 'edit' option on your phone. It will allow you to adjust light and the color of the image as well as crop if needed. If you require more changes or would like to work on your photo Snapseed and Photoshop Express are my favorite apps to do so.
- Use a tripod. To keep your photos steady and to take photos of yourself tripod is the best friend. There is a whole range of tripods to choose from on Amazon.
Oh, and don't forget to wipe the dust off your lenses once in a while!
P.S. all the photos in this post are taken on Iphone 6s plus.