Taking an excellent snapshot before the days of cellphones — if you can recall such a time — was a time-consuming procedure. You’d have to purchase a high-end camera and editing software for your desktop computer, as well as devote a significant amount of time and effort to learning how to utilize them.
However, thanks to our mobile devices and the editing programs that come with them, we can now capture high-quality images and edit them quickly and easily – all from the same device that we use to make calls.
Brands are catching on as well; these types of pictures are still crucial in marketing. But make no mistake: taking a stunning photo with your smartphone is more complicated than simply pointing and shooting. Unfortunately, there are a lot of poor smartphone shots out there, and I’m sure you’ve seen a number of them.
So, what’s the trick to getting beautiful photos with your smartphone? There are a few of them, as it turns out. Take a look at the ideas below to help you enhance your smartphone photography skills. (And once you’ve mastered the art of snapping photos, check out some of the most acceptable mobile picture editing applications.)
5 Tips & Tricks
1. To balance your shot, use gridlines.
Turning on the camera’s gridlines is one of the simplest and most effective techniques to improve your smartphone images. The “rule of thirds” — a photographic composition theory that states that a picture should be divided down into thirds, both horizontally and vertically, for a total of nine components — is superimposed on the screen of your smartphone’s camera.
Arrange points of interest in these intersections or along the lines. According to this notion, your shot will be more balanced and level and allow viewers to interact with it more organically.
To turn on the grid
iOs: Go to “Settings,” choose “Photos & Camera,” and switch “Grid” on.
Android: Launch the camera, go to “Settings,” change the “gridlines” option to “on.”
2. Adjust the focus on your camera.
The foreground of your frame is automatically focused on today’s phone cameras, but not every image you snap on your phone has a prominent subject. Open your camera and tap the screen where you wish to sharpen the view to adjust where your camera lens will concentrate.
It can be challenging for your camera to follow a moving subject and refocus as needed if you’re taking a photo of something in motion. So before taking the picture, tap the screen to adjust the focus of your phone camera to ensure that the moving subject is in the direction as much as possible.
The focus of your photo should then be shifted to all of the stuff inside a square or circular icon that appears on your camera screen.
3. Concentrate on a single topic.
Many of the great photographs have a single, intriguing subject. Spend some more time in setting up the shot while photographing one. According to some experienced photographers, the matter should not take up the entire frame, and two-thirds of the image should be negative space, which helps the subject stand out even more.
However, make sure you tap the screen of your smartphone to focus the camera on your subject – this will ensure that it’s focused and the lighting is optimal.
Pro tip: After you’ve captured the shot, you may use filters and programs to enhance the subject’s vibrancy or crop it to frame the topic properly. The photo’s brightness, contrast, and saturation can also be modified based on your preferences – all from your phone.
4. Make use of negative space.
The areas around the subjects of an image are referred to as “negative space,” and it can transform a photograph from “excellent” to “excellent.”
When you leave a lot of white space in a photograph, your subject will stand out more and elicit a more significant response from the spectator. And how does negative space appear? It’s usually a vast expanse of open sky, an empty field, a massive wall, or water.
5. Investigate various viewpoints.
Taking images from an unusual, unexpected perspective might make them more memorable because it gives them the feeling of depth or height. In addition, because most smartphone images are taken either straight on or from a bird’s eye view, it also makes the image stand out.
Take a photo straight up and use the sky as negative space, as shown in the first photo below. Alternatively, you might take it at a slight downward angle.
Pro Tip: If you take a photograph and notice that the perspective is a little off, use the SKRWT picture editing tool to straighten out the lines.