You probably already know that having an up to date portfolio is important, and photo quality plays a huge part in that. The truth is, mobile phones have changed the way both photographers and hobbyists take photographs. While mobile phone cameras are not necessarily as powerful as DSLR cameras, you can still capture magnificent photographs with them, if you know what you’re doing.
We spoke to photographer Jason Loudermilk about what talent can do to create professional-looking photos for their portfolios without breaking the bank. Here are five top tips on how to improve your photography with your cell phone.
Keep Your Camera Steady
While this may seem like a no-brainer, shaky hands can destroy a photograph. To ensure that your phone stays still, you can opt to prop it up on a stationary object, or you can purchase an inexpensive tripod specifically designed for phone photography.
Skip Artificial Lighting, Go for Natural Lighting Instead
Photographs don’t typically turn out well if you take them inside with artificial overhead lighting. Instead, take photographs outside with natural lighting. You can also take great mobile phone photographs indoors if you’re by a window with lots of natural light coming in. Place your subject so that the natural light source is in front of them. Do not place a subject in front of a window, as this will create backlighting, which will make it difficult to see what you intended to capture in the photograph.
Make Sure You Have a Clean Background
Don’t place your subject in front of a busy background, as this will make them blend into the background and make the photograph less sharp. Taking photos in front of a white wall, a brick wall or photographing objects on a white or neutral background are the best way to ensure your subject is emphasized properly.
Experiment with Settings and Distance
There is no set rule on whether or not you should capture your subject in portrait or landscape mode or how far away you should be from your subject. Some suggest that an arm’s length away from the person or object is the best, but it is really up to your personal taste and style. Try shooting the subject from different distances, angles and in both landscape and portrait to see which looks best for the particular subject.
Edit Your Photo
Free apps allow mobile phone photographers to edit on the go right on their phones. While you don’t want to take away from the integrity and the original intention of the photo, experiment with adjusting the sharpness, color balance and contrast. The editing phase usually comes down to personal taste and what you want to convey with your photograph. Luckily, with modern technology, if you do something you don’t like when editing the photo, one click will allow you to erase it and begin again.