Let's face it...gone are the days when we used to carry around our 35mm and point and shoot cameras for our travels and daily adventures. Nowadays, we carry around a multifunctional device that makes calls for us and also takes pictures. Technology has given us the incredible gift of having a pocket size 12mp camera that takes high resolution photos with a wide angle and a telephoto lens (iPhone 7 Plus specs). But even if you don't carry this specific phone, chances are you still have a great camera on your phone and you haven't yet mastered the magic of it. For your daily photographic bits and pieces, I've gathered some tips for taking better photos with your camera, that you can instantly apply when taking pictures with your iPhone or any other smartphone.
Tips for Taking Better Photos with any camera
- Forget about the flash. I cannot stress this enough! Even with my professional work, I use natural light 99% of the time! In my opinion, you can very well replace the flash and use natural reflectors to compensate as your fill light. Natural reflectors you might see on a daily basis are sidewalks, white buildings, and any place where you can place your subject on an open shade. One very important tip is to omit the natural reflectors on the frame of your photo so that you don't reveal the light source and eliminate any distractions this might cause.
- Don't zoom in; reposition. Instead of zooming in from your camera or your phone, use your feet and reposition yourself. By doing this, you will discover many different angles that can instantly bring a whole lot of magic to your photo.
- Use the self-timer (on your smartphones). Instead of having an overload of selfies with long arms in the corner or going around with a selfie stick all the time, try using the self-timer. This little gem is often a forgotten tool on iPhones and smartphones and you should definitely be using it more often!
- Capture the fun. There are no better images than the ones that bring out the essence of the moment you are capturing. Quite often, people go to special gatherings or events with just their camera phones and come back with tons of selfies and images with the people they met at the event but no pictures of what the event was about. And there's nothing wrong with this. But try thinking outside the box and you'll be surprised with how your images will change and how many memories you will be able to capture!
To me, the world around me deserves an image that tells a story. It doesn't matter which camera or equipment you're using, what matters most is how you tell the story through a still image 😉
Here are some of my personal images taken with my iPhone 7 Plus. Subjects featured are my hubby, kids, favorite places, and myself!
You can also compliment your photos by doing the final edits on my favorite editing app called VSCO. Download it on your iPhone or Android and maximize the results of your finalized images taken from your phone!
So, now you're more than ready to go exploring with your phone and apply these handy tips for really amazing photos! Join the YN Experience group on Facebook and share some of your photos with an awesome community of fabulous people just like you!
Yanitza Ninett is a Lifestyle & Portrait Photographer based in Orlando, serving the Central Florida area, St. Augustine and Georgia. Her blog, Pieces of Me, features most of her work, along with photography tips, lifestyle sessions, personal experiences and travels. Yanitza Ninett documents Engagement Sessions, Beach Weddings, Seniors, Family Sessions & Boudoir. The YN Experience characterizes by giving an unforgettable photography experience along with professionalism and dedication. We are about telling stories...your story! Contact us for more info!