How to Take Great Photos With Your Phone: PART 1

1: Clean your phone’s lens. 

A smartphone camera might be more convenient to carry around than a DSLR, but it comes at the cost of protection. Your phone is usually in your pocket or your bag when you’re out of the house. All the while, the device’s camera lens is collecting all kinds of dust and lint. Be sure to clean this lens with a soft handkerchief before taking a photo. You might not be able to tell just how dirty the lens was until you start editing your picture, and making sure the lens is crystal clear before taking a shot can keep you from starting from scratch.

2: Be non-conventional. 

Composition is a huge part of what makes a photo great, but so is the photo’s subject. Some of the most delightful and remarkable photos come out of cool, unique ideas. Images are more effective than text at evoking emotion: that often means getting our photos to say something! Try thinking outside of the box when it comes to what you’re capturing — your viewers could be pleasantly surprised by a cool or unexpected subject. 

3: Use gridlines to balance your shot. 

One of the easiest and best ways to improve your mobile photos is to turn on the camera’s gridlines. That superimposes a series of lines on the screen of your smartphone’s camera that are based on the “rule of thirds” — a photographic composition principle that says an image should be broken down into thirds, both horizontally and vertically, so you have nine parts in total. According to this theory, if you place points of interest in these intersections or along the lines, your photo will be more balanced, level, and allow viewers to interact with it more naturally. 

4: Embrace negative space. 

“Negative space” simply refers to the areas around and between the subjects of an image, and it can take a photo from good to great. When you include a lot of empty space in a photo, your subject will stand out more and evoke a stronger reaction from your viewer. And what does negative space looks like? It’s often a large expanse of open sky, an empty field, or a large wall / etc.

5: Find different perspectives. 

Taking photos from a unique, unexpected angle can make them more memorable — it tends to create an illusion of depth or height with the subjects. It also makes the image stand out, since most mobile photos are taken either straight, on or from a bird’s eye view. Try taking a photo directly upward and playing with the sky as negative space. Or, you can try taking it at a slight downward angle. 

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