How Do You Take Professional-looking Photos From Your Smartphone?
Anyone with a smartphone has the potential to take fantastic photos, right from their phones. Smartphone technology has quickly developed into an all-in-one compact computer equipped with cameras exceeding some professional gear like Cannon and Nikon. Here are 5 easy tips for getting professional quality photos from your phone.
Gridlines are like a blueprint for balancing out the photo. Gridlines are a series of lines that divide the shot into 9 sections. Don’t worry, your photos won’t end up with lines through them. The photo doesn’t capture the gridlines, they are simply a guide that shows up on the screen as you take your picture. When taking a photo, use the gridlines to take a straight photo, center it or balance the focus.
How do I get the gridlines on an iPhone:
To turn on the Camera gridlines, open Settings and scroll down and Tap on Photos & Camera. Then scroll down to Grid. Tap the toggle for on and off.
How do I get the gridlines on an Android:
Open the camera, Tap Settings (gear cog icon) in the upper right corner and scroll down to Grid lines. Tap to toggle on and off. *According to Softwares using Android 9.0 Pie*
2. Clean Your Lens
A clean and clear lens can make a huge difference when taking a photo on your phone. Many people forget to clean them but your fingers tend to touch the lens a lot especially if your phone has the finger scanner on the back, like mine. If your phone is in a protective case like OtterBox, you will get a cleaner image if you take your phone out of the case for the shot as well.
3. Get Different Angles
It’s all in perspective with photography. Try taking photos low to the ground while focusing on the background. Most camera phones will focus on the items you want by tapping on it. This will create a foreground, middle, and background so your viewer doesn’t get stuck on one single point of view in the photo. Always take multiple pictures, in case the phone shakes and you get a blurry picture.
4. Using Filters & HDR
You can get a great photo without using filters or HDR mode, but that can depend on lighting. Light is how photos are created so keeping in mind lighting when taking a photo. Be careful of shadows, light beams, and reflective surfaces. If the lighting is low or creating dark shadows, try moving around or create more light. After you take the photo, you can always add a filter later. If you take a photo with a filter, the filter cannot be removed and you’ll be stuck with it.
5. Keep It Simple
Professional phone photos tend to look best if they are clean and simple. Take time to stage your photo by removing anything from the frame and background to keep it clutter free. If the photo is set up well at the time of the photo, photoshop time can seriously decrease. You can always crop your images to get rid of unwanted, excess areas.
There you go! 5 easy steps to help improve your photos taken on your phones to get a professional feel. Use them on social media, website, or print! Customers want to see real photos of your business, products or community presences.