Since the invention of the smartphone, most of us carry a camera with us every day. More people are leaving their compact cameras at home in favor of the camera on their phone. Those of us who have iPhones know that there are tons of apps that help you become a better photographer. But more often than not, it’s the photographer, not the camera that makes the shot good. So it’s worth remembering a few simple photography techniques to get the best photos from your smartphone.
Compose your shot
There’s endless possibilities when it comes to composing a photo, but the one rule to remember is the rule of thirds. The rule of thirds says that each photo you take should be divided into 9 equal parts using 3 vertical and 3 horizontal lines. Elements in your photo should be placed along the dividing lines where they intersect as the human eye is naturally drawn to these points. But keep in mind that rules are meant to be broken – always experiment with different compositions to get the best shot 😉
Hold steady & practice good posture
Always make sure you’ve got a good grip on your phone. Two hands will always be better than one. Put your finger on the shutter button, focus on your target & steady yourself. Don’t be afraid to take a deep breath in and release the shutter while still holding your breath. This is a trick used by professionals around the world when shooting with all different types of cameras, so it can also come in handy for iPhone photography. If you can, lean your body against something steady to give yourself a little bit of extra support.
Find the best lighting
If you can’t find good lighting…make it happen. If you’re in a dark space, turn the lights on. If you’re in direct sunlight try to find a shaded area. Don’t shoot directly into the sun unless you’re trying to create a silhouette shot. If your iPhone has a flash, consider using it as a flash fill in daylight to reduce the shadows in your photo.
Edit your photos
You can crop, process, and share your photos right on your iPhone, so why not spend a few minutes editing your photos to give them that extra touch of awesomeness. If you find editing on your iPhone awkward, try editing them on your computer with photo-processing software like Picasa or Photoshop.
A photographer is never done taking pictures and an iPhoneographer will constantly be presented with great photo opportunities. If photography is a passion, it promises to have endless hours of entertainment for you. Having an amazing portfolio or collection of photographs can feel comforting, but not as satisfying as having your work displayed 7 enjoyed by others. Digital Imaging Center is here to fulfill those needs and offer a number of great photo gift ideas or creative printing. Imagine your work on a printed canvas or custom gift? There are so many possibilities to further enhance your photography.
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