How to Take Better Pictures With Your Phone
When your best friend is a professional photographer, which is the case for me, you tend to over-criticize yourself when it comes to taking pictures. The voice of reason tells you that he’s using an expensive dedicated camera and adds post-processing later on, and this is comforting and raises your self-esteem. Not the same ballpark, you think.
Until he snaps a shot with his phone, and it beats all of yours by a mile.
But there's a way to get better and here are a few tips on how to improve your smartphone photography, given by a pro.
Remember the rule of thirds.
If you want to prop your picture up with creative value, don’t put the subject dead in the center. Turn on the grid on and try to avoid placing the action or moment in the middle of it. The intersections should be your image center from now on. This will give more room and dynamic to your image, so leave those center-frame images to forensics.
Flip your phone
This is another common mistake that most of us make habitually is taking pictures vertically. Sure, the vertical grip allows us to use the phone with one hand and it's more convenient, but we mostly see the world horizontally and it's the way it should look in photos as it's more natural. Only go for a vertical shot if you're trying to get a shot of that belfry and fit all of it in the frame.
Ditch the flash
Seriously, this is the one of the worst evils you could to your photo. Capturing as much natural light as you can is the correct approach, but with indoor conditions there's less room for experiments, so at least ty to control the flash manually. It's much better if you turn it off, raise your ISO, and adjust the brightness with dedicated software (coming up next).
Go beyond Instagram
There's a ton of cool apps that you can use to enhance your images without going overboard with unnatural colors and pink instead of green. Most casual users would just go with a built-in filter, but editing your image is much better than slapping on countless filters. Try Photoshop Express for general modifications, Snapseed for precise edits and VSCOcam for softer, gentler filters. If you do choose Instagram, remember that there's a slider to control the amount of filter.
Eliminate the blur
Built-in image blurring options look too artificial and actual lens blur doesn't work this way so you'd better untick this box in your Camera Settings.
Another source of blurriness is the absence of image stabilization, and some cameras fail to impress even with IS on. Try to avoid shooting with your arms extended all the way and keep your phone close to your body to give extra sharpness to your images.
Get your selfie game strong
When taking a selfie, try to show some context - landmarks, weather, buildings - all of these could possibly improve your selfies. Don't be afraid to go for new angles and make your pics stand out from a torrent of identical images.
And last but not least - don't think you'll get more likes with more pictures. Most of the time one awesome image will outlike 20 average ones.