In a visual age, there’s never been a more important time to have professional quality images – whether for products or personal life. Previously, this would have involved owning a top-of-the-range camera and getting expensive and time-consuming training. But with powerful lenses and a bundle of features, affordable modern smartphones have made high quality photography accessible. But how can you get the most from this readily available technology?
Experiment with zoom
The pixelated close ups associated with digital photography are increasingly a thing of the past. Latest camera phones deliver a 5x zoom without losing quality. But zoom functions are changing in other ways. One new feature which can bring a new dimension to photography is the ability to ‘zoom out’ on a shot. This means you can get a wider angle without having to physically move backwards. This feature is showcased in photography series New phone, who dis?
Take more control with Pro mode
On newer models, Pro mode gives you all the settings of a manual camera, meaning that you can get away from the restrictions of automatic settings. By playing with ISO, shutter speed or aperture, you can create distinct pictures that stand out from the crowd. Custom settings slots also mean that you can save your perfect combinations of settings for any given situation, e.g. a sunset.
Get the right light
Lighting is fundamental to good photography, but it’s easy to overlook. When taking a portrait, increase shutter speed when you have a good light source for a detailed and striking image. In low light, keep ISO low and set shutter speed to 1 second to avoid a grainy picture. Check out this low light tutorial to learn how to get a great light blur effect.
Focus on the background
It’s natural to focus your attention on what’s happening in the foreground, but backgrounds (or ‘negative space’) are just as important for a professional composition. A cluttered background can be a huge distraction. On the other hand, a dull background is a missed opportunity for visual interest. With a portrait, look for natural frames – such as doorways or windows. Alternatively, you can achieve a blurred background effect by using a small depth of field. This can be achieved with a wide aperture or low f-stop number, such as 1.8 or 2.8.
Add angles and perspective
Look for ways to add perspective to your image, for example a pathway leading up to the focus of your picture will give your images depth and visual appeal. The right angle can make even the most familiar subject look entirely new. For a dramatic low angle shot, turn your phone upside down so that the camera is close to the floor. For more tips, follow this angles and perspective tutorial.