If you’re an aspiring photographer who can’t afford the high end equipment needed to take high quality photos, then you’re going to love these tips. Because you don’t need to spend a penny on learning any new fancy software, buying that software or even shelling out for a $3k camera the pros use.
Everything you need is in the palm of your hand… and the software? It’s totally free to use.
Let’s get started:
When you’re out, make sure you’re taking a bunch of shots. Practice taking shots of animals, families, scenic views, shapes, anything that looks like it would make a good picture. Because chances are it will. With practice, you will develop an eye for taking photos and start to see things that others don’t pick up on.
Get extra tools
You can buy extra tools for your smartphone that don’t cost a fortune. They really help with taking different shots. Things like a wide angle lens or even a tri-pod so you can take time lapse shots. It’s definitely worth it if you want to become a good photographer, it will give you a more comprehensive skill range.
Every good photographer knows that good lighting will do most of the work for your shots. So always use the light to your advantage, especially when you’re indoors. Natural lighting is always best and will compliment the tiny light sensor that’s in your smartphone. Remember that smartphones aren’t designed to only take photos, which is why when you take them at night they can become slightly grainy.
Just like with art, you need to focus on good composites which all add up to make a great photo. Things like the rule of thirds (the centre isn’t always the best place to point your focus) or contrasts with beautiful colours, lines and rulers that compliment a texture. You really need to develop an eye for compositions, but once you do. It’s game over, you’re heading to pro level and can take fantastic shots on your smartphone.
Edit your photos directly on your smartphone and crop them so that you can cut out the worst of everything from the shot. You can also straighten the photos, so that you get better levels.
That’s it! Again, don’t be afraid to take tons of shots, because it’s always better to delete than it is to regret not taking any. Be sure to check Tech Radar out and Pop Photo for extra tips.