Taking photos, whether for social media or for other purposes, has become an easier task given how labouring it was just a few decades away.
Thanks to smartphones, we can now easily take photos and share. Still, even with great phones and cameras, some people are still struggling to get good pictures.
From choosing the right subject and setting up a cool composition to finding the best light, it takes a lot of consideration to capture a great photo.
Below are 5 tips that will help get a nice photo.
1. Start by cleaning your camera
Before taking any photos, first, wipe the camera on your phone to ensure it’s clean and clear. While wiping your lens on your jeans might do the job, using coarse materials, like a cotton shirt, or a napkin you dipped in water, may end up damaging your lens over time. If you’d like to keep scratches at bay, use a softer material — like a microfiber cloth — to clean any smudges off your camera lens.
2. Look for light before making your own
Make sure you have nice lighting before you try and make your own or even switch to flashlight.
Instead of depending on an underpowered light to properly illuminate your subject, try to find other sources of light you can use, be it the waning sun, some indoor lights, or even some candlelight if you want to get artsy with it.
3. Capture Multiple Shots
One of the best things about smartphone photography is that you can take as many photos as you want and there is no need to print them off to see the results. This makes it much easier to learn and improve from your results. Burst photos are good to use when using your smartphone for photography they allow you to capture multiple shots as your subject moves. Once you’ve taken a set of burst photos, you can then select the best shots.
4. Apply the rule of thirds
In the rule of thirds, an image is split into nine equal blocks that form a three-by-three grid. You should aim to get the most interesting parts of your image near the corners of these segments, where the imaginary gridlines meet. Using the rule of thirds give a more natural feeling to the image and allows the eye to flow around the picture with ease. In contrast to this, placing things symmetrical in your frame will give a clean and clinical feeling (which can also be a good look).
5. Keep it Simple
Don’t try to pack too many elements into your image; it will just end up looking messy. If you just include one or two points of interest, your audience won’t be confused about where they should be looking or what they should be looking at.