Last week, I wrote a post called How to Take Professional Pictures on Your Phone and it was originally supposed to be way longer. It was so much longer, that I had to make a Part 2! In case you haven’t read the first post in this two-part series; the idea for this came around when I realized how shocked people were that I take all my blog and Instagram pictures on my phone. I decided to share tips and recommendations for all my fellow phone photographers out there! So as promised, here is the part 2 to my previous How to Take Professional Looking Photos on Your Phone.
E X P E R I M E N T W I T H A N G L E S A N D A S Y M M E T R Y
When I look through pictures from my shoots, the ones that always jump out at me first are pictures that have been taken differently then all the rest. A lot of photos are taken similar; straight-on with the subject being the main focal point. These are fine, but it’s fun to change it up once in a while. For outfit or object pictures, stand to the side and show more of a gorgeous landscape or a building. Shoot at low angles to form depth and incorporate the ground or sky. Thinking outside of the box is key when using this tip, and can really help to get that professional photography vibe! 🙂
B A C K G R O U N D/L O C A T I O N
Backgrounds/locations are two of the most important things when it comes to taking any picture, whether it is with a phone or not. These are what can really set off a picture. Places that are perfect are in front of murals,doorways, pretty landscapes, sculptures, buildings, etc. The list goes on and on! Personally, I like backgrounds that are contrasting colors to the outfit I am wearing, so that the clothes pop. But depending on what you are going for a background and location that represents your theme/idea of how the photos should look, is best.
In the picture I am about to show you, I picked the colorful wall because the outfit was fun and girly, and I felt the wall relayed the “theme” of the outfit.
G O F O R T H E C A N D I D
There is nothing worse than an obviously forced “candid”, but when caught in the moment they can make the perfect type of pictures. Candids create interest and wonder for the viewer. What was she laughing at? Why was she dancing and making silly faces? These are examples of questions that people will ask while looking at your photo. Anything that makes a person stop and stare in photography is good and these are candids are one way to do that. Also, candids give you personality. If your blog or Instagram is always posed, perfect pictures, it might be harder for people to relate. Mixing in a few off-guard photos can make others who have never met you in real life, begin to see you as someone who laughs and isn’t always at their best all the time.
Some of my candids:
N O F L A S H / N O Z O O M
This tip is so simple and the easiest to follow. For more high quality pictures on a phone, stay away from flashing and zooming. In daylight, flash can wash out the picture and add a glisten that makes you look sweaty. Although for night shoots, flash is fine, as it’s kind of a must! Using zoom at anytime of day can be an issue, because it will create pixellated and unclear photos. So be sure to keep your flash off and your pictures zoomed out!
Here you can see the difference of zoom for yourself (Also instead of zooming with your fingers, try walking closer to the subject you are trying to capture!):
TIP: Instead of zooming with your fingers, use your feet to get as close to the subject as possible! 😉
V S C O ( E D I T I N G )
What would a phone photography tutorial be without a section on editing?
The main app I use, along with many other bloggers and photographers is VSCO. This app has top notch filters and editing tools. You can adjust exposure, saturation, contrast, and a lot more. I try to edit the majority of my pictures in a similar way, to unify them when they are all together on my Instagram page or blog. One of my favorite thing about VSCO is that you can change how strong the filter is. I always set mine to a lower setting so that the photos look more real and not overly edited. Some of my favorite filters from VSCO are HB2 (what I use on all my Intsagram photos), A6, G3, and C1. Also, editing the exposure is important too. When the lighting is darker than you want in a photo, up the exposure to make it look as if it was taken in a brighter area, and vice versa for photos that are too light. The best thing about editing is that it is one of the best ways to make photos your own and you can really play around with it to make it how you want.
Yay, part 2 is done of How to Take Professional Looking Pictures on Your Phone, but feel free to comment any other questions or thoughts you have! As always, I hope you learned and can take something away from the tips I have just shared. Thanks for reading ☺
Check out my Instagram, @absolutelyolivia, for more pictures and outfits from me!