7 Mobile Photography Tips Every Photographer Should Know
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Photography is a hobby enjoyed by millions of people all over the world. Some will take pictures of landscapes, some will do portraits and some will take photos of anything. In the past, you needed a standalone camera to take photos. But with the mass adoption of smartphones all over the world, this is no longer the case.
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It is now possible to take breathtaking photos, using nothing but your phone. As a result, mobile photography has taken off and is incredibly popular today. However, if you truly want to be a great mobile photographer, there are some things you should know. This article is going to go over a few of them.
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1. Use the Right Editing Apps
Today, the camera itself is only one tool that goes into a great photo. You also need to be sure to edit the photo. Whether it is going into your professional portfolio, or only your personal Instagram page, editing can take your photo to new heights.
Apps can be incredibly helpful when it comes to editing your photos. For example, photo glare removal can be easily done within an app, which can drastically improve the quality of a photo. Apps can also edit colors, how sharp the photo is, the contract and several other important aspects.
2. Get the Lighting Right
Like any sort of photography, getting the lighting right is crucial to a good photo. You want your subject to be well-lit, but not too bright. Natural light is always best, and it is often best during the golden hour, which is right after the sun rises and right before the sun sets.
The sun at this time will be very low, which will help everything have a softer, warmer, and more flattering tone. Photographers love this time when it comes to photos because it is often easier to get quality photos.
Of course, artificial light is fine, but be sure it has the right tone and level of warmth for your goals out of the session. While you can shoot in any light, getting it right can elevate your photos to new heights.
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3. Find the Correct Angle
While many mobile photographers will simply take photos from the same angle over and over if you want to improve your shot, be sure to experiment with different angles. Take pictures from above the subject, below the subject, beside the subject, and even behind.
Eventually, you will find a perfect angle that highlights exactly what you want within the photo. Even if you never find the perfect angle, having a variety of photos from different perspectives can help them stand out. Taking photos from different angles can also make them much more memorable and unique, which is always a good thing.
4. Consider Using Burst Mode
Burst mode is a great addition to many smartphones that can often be a photographer’s best friend. Burst mode takes a ton of photos in a relatively short amount of time. With so many photos being taken, it is a surefire way to ensure you get a good shot. They are particularly helpful at capturing moving subjects.
Without burst mode, it can be hard to take the photo at the perfect time. But if you can take dozens of photos in a matter of milliseconds, it improves the chance that one will turn out just the way you wanted.
5. Don’t Forget About the Background
While every photo has a main focus or subject, the background isn’t simply something to forget about. The background should contribute well to the overall quality of the photo, but not distract from the focus too much. If the background doesn’t match up with the subject or the overall “vibe” of the photo, it can ruin it.
Also, don’t feel the need to have a busy or dynamic background all of the time. Leaving some open negative space in some photos can look great, too. This can help to really put an emphasis and focus on the subject if the background is fairly basic in nature.
6. Keep it Steady
Reducing camera shake by keeping a steady hand is also important to capture the best shots. If your hand is shaky, even a little, it can cause the photo to be blurry. So make an effort to hold it steady, lean it up against a solid surface, or position your arms and body in a way to hold it completely still.
Of course, you can also simply pick up a phone camera mount or tripod, that will allow you to take photos without worrying about a shaky hand.
7. Take Advantage of Leading Lines
While there are several different techniques to use to capture better photos, one of the best and most underrated is to use leading lines. These are great for not only providing some depth in your photo but also for helping draw the eyes of the viewer to the subject.
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These leading lines are often a road, a railway track, a bridge, a row of trees or bushes or even a river. Using leading lines can also make your photo look like you took hours to find the perfect spot for a picture.
In conclusion, these seven tips can help you take your skills as a mobile photographer to new heights.