Taking the perfect picture can seem like a daunting task when we are inundated by images almost constantly on our phones and computers. However, don’t be put off! By following a few easy steps you can step up your picture game immediately.
1. Avoid Using Zoom
Zooming in simply means that you are cropping and enlarging the image, which decreases image quality immediately. Therefore, rather than using the zoom, try moving closer if you can.
2. Take Horizontal Pictures
Orientating your phone vertically for a landscape photo almost always ensure more appealing images. There less space for the dynamic contrast of objects in vertically oriented photos, resulting in less engaging images. Stick to horizontal pictures when possible.
3. Clean the Lens First
This is an easy step to forget, yet also the most obvious. A dirty lens makes for an unclear picture, and think about all the places our phones go with us! That lens can get pretty grimy. If you wear glasses, use the fabric cloth in your glasses case to clean of the lens … or else just any clean cloth or napkin will do.
4. Use HDR
HDR (high dynamic range) is a setting on your phone that balances the tonality of light and dark shadows of photos. To activate this function on most phones, go to settings and tap the HDR option.
5. Use ‘Lock Focus’
The lock focus is an available function on most iPhones and Androids. Use lock focus by briefly holding down your finger on the screen on top of the main subject or focus of the photo. The focus and exposure will then adjust automatically.
6. Try Multiple Angles
Don’t just shoot your photos straight-on. Try shooting images from below and above for more interesting angles. Also, take lots of shots and delete those that you don’t like.
7. Shooting at Sunrise and Dusk
Light is extremely important, especially when shooting outdoors. For the best outdoor photos, try shooting at prime hours – near sunrise and dusk. In contrast, try to avoid shooting outdoors when the sun is high, which results often in unflattering shadows.