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Tips for taking better photos with your smartphone

Tips and Inspiration

10 April 2017

Posted by Ranjit Dhaliwal

1. HOLD YOUR PHONE IN HORIZONTAL POSITION

Hold your phone in horizontal position, most people instinctively hold their phones upright and it’s very difficult to take a good shot in portrait. Additionally, always make sure the phone lens is clean from pocket fluff!

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2. OBSERVE THE WEATHER AND SHOOT ON BETTER DAYS

Light is your raw essential tool for taking pictures. Observe the weather and time of day, and avoid taking pictures directly facing the sun. The extreme of daylight (dusk and dawn) present good opportunities for capturing atmosphere. Weather also makes a huge difference as the better the weather, the better the image. This isn’t to say rainy or foggy days can’t produce good results, but if you’re starting out with a basic phone camera lens, it’s best to look out for a nice day.

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3. USE THE GRID TOOL

Go to settings on your phone and activate ‘the grid’ tool. This produces a series of lines that overlay on your camera. This helps for a number of reasons ― primarily it gives you a sense of balance in your image. If you’re taking pictures of buildings, horizons or a landscape, you can line up objects on the grid. It’s also good for taking pictures of people, as you can align eyes with lines on the grid, giving a good sense of balance to the frame.

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4. AVOID SHAKING

You need to be as still as possible when taking a picture. Try balancing against a solid object, it could be a wall or maybe a post. By doing this, you’re creating a much better chance of getting a sharper and solid image, avoiding any camera shake or blurring from your natural body reflex. (People often don’t realise how much involuntary movement occurs when taking a picture.)

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5. EXPERIMENT

You’ve got a wonderful, easy access camera in your pocket so you really should try and experiment with as many different types of photographs as you can. Play with different filters to tell your story and try shooting in black and white. The more you experiment, the more interesting your photography will become.

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