Smartphone cameras proceed to get higher yr after yr, which makes it simpler than ever to make use of them for taking skilled pictures, from advertising and marketing photographs to headshots in your company listing to documenting your corporation processes to pictures in your web site and social media.

However whether or not you are capturing with an iPhone or an Android, you should take sharp, clear photographs that may folks will love to have a look at and can signify your organization in an expert approach.

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I have been utilizing a smartphone as my major digital camera since 2009, when the iPhone 3GS received adequate to interchange my Canon ELPH 300. Whereas immediately I generally use DSLRs, mirrorless cameras, and even experiment with drone cameras, I nonetheless use my telephone to snap extra pictures than the rest, together with a whole lot of enterprise pictures. And you may see that in the event you have a look at my Instagram account (@jason.hiner) as a result of I at all times attempt to hashtag the digital camera I used to take the shot.

I will share the secrets and techniques to creating your smartphone pictures much more skilled in 4 ideas.

1. Paint with mild

At all times do not forget that images is basically only a strategy of capturing the way in which mild falls on a topic. An awesome topic in poor mild will at all times look unhealthy. Smartphones do greatest in pure mild and wrestle in low mild. And utilizing the built-in flash virtually at all times creates unhealthy photographs. Keep away from it.

Should you’re exterior, one of the best mild is throughout what photographers name “golden hour“—an hour after dawn and an hour earlier than sundown. If you need to take a photograph exterior through the harsh mild in the midst of day, search for open shade. At all times pay shut consideration to the place the sunshine and the shadows fall, as a result of they are going to be accentuated in your photograph.

The most important issues you’ll be able to management if you take an image are the sunshine you shoot in and the angle you shoot it from. When you perceive that, even a smartphone can be utilized to do what the nice photographers do: paint with mild.

2. Discover the distinctive angle

That is the place you may make your shot look completely different than numerous different pictures which will have been taken of the identical factor or from an identical spot. It is what photographers name “composition” and it is about utilizing the entire components in your photograph to inform a narrative.

That can assist you do that, go into the settings of your digital camera app and activate gridlines. That is referred to as the “the rule of thirds” however all you should know for now could be that our eyes naturally fall on the locations the place these gridlines are. So earlier than you are taking your shot, look to place the digital camera in order that the weather within the body are sitting alongside these strains.

Subsequent, with a purpose to get a novel angle, look to place your self down low or up excessive when taking your shot, relatively than simply standing with the digital camera straight in entrance of you want everybody else. Lastly, pay shut consideration to what’s within the foreground or background of your shot so as to add extra visible curiosity, and to keep away from ruining shot with one thing distracting that you don’t need in your image.

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three. Use sensible instruments to assist

Whereas smartphone cameras themselves have gotten significantly better, there are additionally some instruments you should utilize to assist take stronger pictures. The primary, is one thing you have already got—your headphones. On most trendy smartphones you should utilize the quantity up or down button to snap a photograph as a substitute of tapping the display screen.

You can even plug in your headphones and use the quantity buttons on the headphones to snap a photograph. Photographers name this a distant shutter launch, and you should utilize it to get a steadier, sharper shot. It is particularly useful if you pair it with a tripod, and that is one thing now you can do with a smartphone tripod mount, like those from MeFoto.

You may additionally be tempted to strive a few of these exterior digital camera lenses you’ll be able to mount to your telephone. Do not do it. I’ve tried a whole lot of them and most often they’re extra hassle than they’re price and so they could make your pictures blurry and fewer skilled. As a substitute, simply deal with composing good photographs with the digital camera in your telephone.

four. Edit like an artist

One of many issues that most individuals who take smartphone pictures do not realize is that the distinction between photograph and an incredible one is often the processing that occurs after the shot. The world received an inkling of this with Instagram, which skyrocketed to recognition through the use of filters to rapidly make respectable pictures look much more fascinating.

However if you wish to use smartphone pictures for skilled photographs, you want extra management. You want to use an modifying app. There are a ton of apps on the market, however one of the best app to start out with is Snapseed, as a result of Google purchased it and made it accessible totally free on Android and iOS, and new options are at all times being added to the app. Use Snapseed to crop, carry out the complete colour, carry up the shadows or darkish spots, add the pure heat again to a scene, sharpen the picture, and extra. Apps like ProCamera, Manual, Camera+, ProCam, Lightroom, Polarr, and Pixelmator are all wonderful modifying apps, too.

Last phrase

Should you use the 4 ideas we have talked about immediately, you may be in your method to taking far more skilled smartphone pictures. If you would like to see examples of a number of the smartphone pictures I’ve taken—just like the panorama under taken in Florence, Italy—you can take a look at more of my photos on Instagram at @jason.hiner.


This panorama of Florence, Italy was taken in November 2012 with an iPhone 5.

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