We probably all know that blog photography is a really important thing to improve your blog. Better blog images get shared more, they increase more traffic, and they have a higher SEO ranking! You heard probably a lot of bloggers saying: ‘’Get a professional camera!’’ or ‘’Hire a photographer to have a brand photo shoot!’’
Yes, those are one of the best way to stand out in photography. But some people unfortunately can’t afford a DSLR camera. If you are one of them: Don’t give up your passion for photography! You can still take gorgeous photos with your phone camera. Yes people, it is possible!
I have a Samsung Galaxy S4 that takes stunning photographs. I am not telling you to buy a Samsung phone, (Because the Iphone-Samsung competition is endless, ugh) but I am telling you that you can shoot with every phone camera you want!
The only thing that is required is that you need to understand your camera before you jump in the phone photography. It doesn’t matter how many Megapixels your camera has. Okay maybe it matters a little, (Depends on where you want to upload your photo) but it is not the most important thing.
So, are you ready to become an expert in phone photography? Haha I already thought so! Here are the 10 most important tips to master your phone photography skills!
1.Try to avoid the front camera
If you have a phone with front and back camera, I recommend you to use your back camera for phone photography. The back camera allows you to focus on your subject, something that your front camera can’t. Also, did you knew your back camera has a higher resolution? So next time you are about to take a flawless selfie, reconsider which camera you should use!
2. Search for the perfect lightning
I already gave this tip on my other post: 25 photography tips/hacks for bloggers. You are probably not able to control your ISO Value with phone photography, so I suggest you to only take a picture when you have perfect lightning! With that I mean: Natural light (Read: Sunlight). If you try to photograph on gloomy days, or in the dark, there might appear noise in your photo! If you take a photo with great lightning, your photo will have a higher resolution, and it will look more professional! Try to avoid un-natural lightning.
3. Focus on your subject by tapping on your screen.
I am really surprised about the fact how many people didn’t knew this! Well, here it comes, haha. If you use your back camera (as I already told you in step 1), you can focus on your subject by tapping the subject on your screen. That is a thing you should always do when you take a photo. Don’t just get your phone and take a picture, first, FOCUS!
Clicked with an iPhone
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4. Try avoid zooming
It is really hard to explain this proper but: When using a DSRL, you can zoom by moving your lens. When you zoom, you will see that your lens will move/expand. And because your lens expands/moves, zooming won’t lose quality with an DSRL.
When you zoom with a phone camera, you are not zooming with your lens, but with your screen. So actually your camera is not zooming on your subject, but it is cropping it. , which means that it removes pixels, and that means you will lose quality.
Well I hope this made it all clear, hahaha!
It is better to take a picture, and crop it afterwards rather than zooming.
5. Try also to avoid flash!
We all have those moments where it is too dark in the area you are shooting, and you have the feeling that you need to use your flash. If you use your flash, your picture will have those ugly shadows in the background! But there is a simple hack to solve it! A flash defuser! It will dim the light of your flash! In this post: 25 photography tips/hacks for bloggers, I will explain it!
6. First shoot, edit afterwards!
We all had the urge to take a picture while you selected a filter. But don’t that! Imagine this: You are walking on the beach, and you see a beautiful sunset. You grab your phone, use the black and white filter, and you take a picture. When you are home, you take a look at the picture again, and then you see that your picture looks like… crap.
Always shoot in the no-filter mode. If you add the filter afterwards, and there is a chance you might not like it, you still have the original photo.
7. Check your camera settings
You are probably thinking: ‘’Duh, Chelsea! Obviously I check my phone settings’’. Well, good job! For the others that don’t do that: Check your camera settings before you shoot, yo. What if you want to take a picture and suddenly you realize that you used the wrong setting. Yeah you can retake it again, but what if you ‘’only had one shot, do not miss your chance to blow, this opportunity comes once in a lifetime!’’ Yes that was me typing out Eminem lyrics! Hahaha.
8. Turn on your Grid!
This simple thing saved me from askew photos! Yes people, turn on your grid! Especially when you are shooting some flat lay photos, this one comes in handy!
Related: How I edit my photos in Adobe Lightroom
9. Use an app to edit your photos!
I always use Adobe photoshop and Adobe lightroom to edit my photos! In this post: How I edit my photos in Adobe Lightroom, I give you a small introduction about the app, and I show you how I edit them for my blog posts!
10. Use your phone shortcuts
You probably already knew this, if you didn’t, you have learned something new today: Use your volume button to take pictures. This is really useful when you are standing in an impossible position, and you can’t tap the camera button. Press the volume button, or another button you used as shortcut, to take the a picture!
Liked the tips? Good! Now show the world you have mastered your phone photography skills! You can do it! 🙂 What are your favorite phone photography tips? Before you practice, why not share this with your friends? I would really appreciate that, and I think they will too if you show them those amazing tips about phone photography!
And I have a surprise for you: I created a free resource checklist to improve your phone photography! Make sure to get it for free by clicking the button below!
Lots of love,
PS. I created a new stock photo pack! Why don’t you sign up for the creative Library to get it?