Photography is one of my passions, so naturally, I have put a lot of effort into learning better photo taking techniques. Today I am going to share with you my best six tips for taking awesome looking photos with nothing more than a phone. Have something to add? The comments are always open or you can tweet a comment out to me @raisingdickjane.
Best Tip: Take the Photo
I have a great point and shoot camera that I love – however, I don’t ALWAYS have it on me. There are many times when I am out wandering and unexpectedly come across something that I want to photograph. Or it often happens that the kids do something super cute and there isn’t quite the time to go and grab my standalone camera. Luckily, my phone is always on me.
If it comes down to getting the pic or missing it because you don’t have the perfect camera – just take the photo with what you’ve got!
Isn’t it better to have the photo than to not? Plus, with these simple tricks, cell phone photos can come out looking clear, interesting, and full of color.
6 Tips for Taking Better Cell Phone Photos
Ready to up your photo game? Here are my best 6 tips for taking awesome photos with nothing more than a phone.
1 . Always Photograph in Camera Mode.
This is my ultimate rule – never photograph in an app! Always use the phones general camera to take a photo and then simply pull it into an app to use. Why? There are three reasons.
First, photos taken in camera mode store on your phone and some apps do not store until you’ve published the photo.
Second, taking photos in camera mode allows you to take multiple photos without stopping to edit. This especially helps if something is moving and you want to be sure to get the right shot.
Finally, shooting in camera mode allows you to use a better editor app. We’ll talk about this in a moment.
2. Never Zoom on a Cell Phone.
If you want to get clear photos using a cell phone, never zoom in before taking the photo. It is best to get as close to the focal point as possible. Although, if you cannot safely get close to the image, don’t panic. You can always crop a photo using an editor app later for a better final product.
Zooming in on a cell phone causes you to lose clarity and quality.
3. Look Using the Camera Eye – Not Your Own.
One thing I love about taking photos with my cell phone is the ability to use the digital screen to find the right picture angle and not my eye.
Taking good photos is not about holding the camera up to your face and photographing objects as you see them. It is about getting low to the ground and angling up. It could also be lifting your arms up in the air and photographing downward onto an object. Switch it up.
4. Consider the Rule of Thirds.
The rule of thirds basically states that your photos shouldn’t all be centered. Typically, when we look at a photo our eyes will first find the focal point. When the focal point is in the center, that’s all we see. When a focal point is un-centered, our eyes will see that and then wander along the rest of the photo. This allows our photos to create a story.
Break the rule – sometimes centered photos are best. It’s really just about what looks nice.
5. Use a Good Editor App.
While many of my social media apps have their own editing system, I prefer to use standalone photo editing apps. Using a good editing app can make a world of difference in photo quality! One of my favorites is called “Snapseed“. It is available as a free download in the app store.
6. Keep the Lens Clean!
Ooh – I cannot stress this point enough! Having a dirty lens is the ultimate party pooper! Keep it clean, people.
Bonus Tip: So, I said there were only six tips but this one is a bonus because it doesn’t follow the rules. Well – that’s the tip, don’t always follow the rules. Some of the most interesting photos don’t. Basically, it is all up to what you feel is beautiful and shareworthy.
Life doesn’t always need to be perfect, does it?
What are your best tips for taking a stellar photo? Have a photo you’re really proud of and want to share? Leave me a comment below or tweet me @raisingdickjane. I’d love to hear from you!
And if we’re not yet connected on Instagram, I’d love to see you there!