7 tricks to take better photos with any camera, today

Time-tested photography techniques that will work on any smartphone

Make sure you have enough light

Having enough light will enable you to take better photos both indoors and outdoors

Watch where the light is coming from

  • Seek out soft, warm light from a lower angle, like sunlight in the early morning or late afternoon, to take better photos.
  • When possible, keep your back to the sun or whatever the main source of light is for your photo.
  • Tap the subject of your photo before taking a picture to help your phone work out how much light it needs to capture.
When the sun is low in the sky, the sunlight is all golden and lovely, making for very nice-looking photos
The direction of light will make a huge difference when photographing people. Avoid having a bright light source directly above the person you’re photographing unless you want them to look rather scary!

Keep steady

Whatever it takes… Keep your camera steady to take better photos!
  • Use both hands to hold your phone, taking care not to cover the lens.
  • Bend your elbows and tuck them in so your upper arms rest on the sides of your chest.
  • Breathe out and pause when you’re ready to shoot.
  • Gently press the shutter release button on the screen using your thumb.
  • Breathe again!
A great example of how to hold your camera for maximum stability!

Mind the background

  • Light up your subject and place them/it against a darker background to create contrast and, once again, make your photos pop.
  • Move your subject away from things in the background, especially walls. This helps remove distracting shadows and might also make the background go a little blurry while your subject stays in focus.
Darker background, move subject a couple of steps away from the wall… Great portraits will ensue!

Use the rule of thirds

  • Place your subject or key details one-third of the way into your photo. That’s one-third from either the top, bottom, left or right edge.
  • Place the most important detail where two imaginary lines of thirds meet.
It doesn’t have to be exact… But place the most interesting part of the subject on or near one of the points where two lines of thirds cross.

Find an unusual angle

Find a different perspective for more interesting images!
Mushrooms have interesting lives too!

Focus

Didn’t tap the screen to focus…

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