Smartphone Photography: The Rules Of A Professional Photographer

smartphone photography tips

There are certain accessories that help mobile phone photography immensely. One of these is a Steadicam for a smartphone. One of the biggest problems arising with using the smartphone to photograph is unwanted movement or blurriness. The Steadicam ensures that it is stabilized giving you sharper, clear images. Some smartphone photography tips are mentioned below:

Tripod for Smartphones:

Tripod For Smartphones

Another way to keep the smartphone still when photographing is by using a mobile tripod. A tripod keeps the smartphone stuck to the target object it is placed on. One needs to keep the camera very much as still as possible for the time-lapses, long exposures as photographing anything in the low light conditions.

This tripod is very small and lightweight as your smartphone. Coming in the size and shape of a credit card, this tripod is truly unnoticeable. In the case of traveling, taking this thing with you would be the first travel photography tip for me!!

Smartphone Triggers:

Smartphone Triggers

At times, using the smartphone to take pictures is not so obvious. It often leads to people getting awkward, screaming, and running away. Investing in a trigger trap can mean capturing the candid image, again and again, every time. It is actually a cable release for cellphones, allowing one to effectively click the shutter from anywhere, even the pocket.

Rules for a Professional Photographer:

Rules For a Professional Photographer

Everyone has a smartphone. This doesn’t mean that one can just by raising the camera and pressing the shutter. Taking photographs becomes very easy once one develops a good grasp on focus, exposure, composition, and image editing. The first rule to ensure a good smartphone capture is to clean the lens. This is quite easily overlooking until one looks at the images later that day and thereby notices the blurs and smudges.

Different Genres:

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If one has just started to focus on smartphone photography, it might just be helpful to emphasize the genre. This will give a much better focus on what to photograph. One such tip for capturing stunning portraits with the smartphone is by using soft light and not a harsh one. Using this light to correctly expose the photograph based on the skin tone is one of the prime tasks to be kept in mind.

Macro Photography:

Macro Photography

One big area that one can use his smartphone for is the area of macro photography. This is the one style of getting really close to an image and thereby creating a larger than 1:1 ratio of a subject. Effectively, one can make tiny subjects and objects much larger than they would be. These could include the details of everyday items, both singled out and enlarged to create an interesting, abstract image. For this, one will need to look at a lens or two. Other than this, it all comes down to creativity.

Creating a Polar Globe:

Polar Globe

Another great sphere to use smartphone photography is creating polar globes. These are also famous as tiny planets and are an act of turning an image or say, a panorama into a little world. This style is often achieved by wrapping the image so that the left side joins the right side to create a continuous shot. A panorama indeed gives one more room to play with the image.

Rule of Thirds:

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The rule of thirds is quite an integral compositional tool that helps to create interest in one’s images. The concept implies that the concerned subject should not just sit in the middle of the frame, but also towards the corners of the frame. 

Let’s imagine the viewfinder or LCD screen having two lines that split up the image vertically, and the other two horizontally. There are actually four points where the lines intersect. This is where one places the most important area of the image. The viewer focuses on this as it is indeed more pleasing.

Leading Lines:

Leading Lines picture

Lines are in fact a great way to help compose the images to provide them with that extra mark factor. Lines can easily draw one’s eye to a subject or take it away, and that too out of the frame. This also provides one a sense of direction, which in itself is moving in a still image and is quite interesting. These lines are indeed everywhere. A long street, handrails, zebra crossing are all examples of what can be found. One just has to keep their eyes open and look for them.

Color Concepts:

Color Concepts

The colors in the images are an important area to consider for smartphone photography. These can make subjects and areas in the photograph both complementary or independent of each other. If the colors act correlative to each other, it helps in keeping the same tone and the mood of the image. Juxtaposition originates from the colors that do contrast and cause conflict.

Both of these styles help in a lot of ways, to add interest in one’s smartphone photography.

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