Taking pictures is an art form, but even for beginners, there are ways to get the best out of a shot with a simple phone camera.
However, you don’t have to be a professional photographer, nor do you need to pay money for some great shots that are Instagram-worthy.
I like to play around with what’s available on my phone, and have discovered some easy-to-use tricks that will make your images better, clearer, and more creative-looking.
Focus on lighting
I like to say that lighting is everything when it comes to taking a good picture.
I always prefer natural lighting. Even better if you can take your pictures early in the morning or late afternoon – the golden hour has that magic glow that is amazing for portraits.
Experiment with different angles
Have you ever seen a photographer lie on the ground to get a really good shot?
Play photographer for a day and try out different angles, from low to high, or high to low, side angles, wide angles, narrow ones, highlighting one side over the other etc…
Play around and see what you can come up with in terms of ideas and resulting shots. It’s a fun project and will widen your photography horizon by a long shot (had to throw in a play-on word here).
Turn on gridlines
This is the easiest one you can do, and yet the most effective one as well: Turn on the gridlines on your phone, which enables picture-taking by using the rule of thirds, as it is called.
The image gets broken down into thirds and naturally focuses on the main point in the image, if you center it correctly, and makes it pop.
That’s the best you can ask for in a picture! It balances it out perfectly, and gives it an intense clarity, which is what you’re looking for in terms of photo quality.
Use an editing app
Even if you find the perfect lighting and the perfect angle for your picture, you might still need some adjustments.
I love using Lightroom – it’s a free app! – to play with shadows, correct skin tone and make the picture warmer or colder.
Don’t let all the features on the app scare you, the more you play the better you get at it! That’s the best way to find your signature preset that aligns with your brand.
I hope these tips have given you some inspiration to take your own, beautiful pictures from wherever you are in the world, and to use them on your website or Instagram.
Shall we give it a shot?