Who else has a phone full of photos of which only handful look OK at best? I know that before I started doing photography, I did (and sometimes still do!). Smart phones don’t have as good a camera on them as a professional, or even entry level DLSR but you can still make the photos you take look interesting without too much work!
Firstly, keep your subject matter simple. This just means that there is less for you (and your phone) to focus on, making it easier to get the look you are looking for!
Next, use a composition technique such as the ‘Rule of Thirds’! With this, you divide your image into 9 squares/rectangles using two horizontal and two vertical lines. Then, all you need to do is placed the most important thing in your image along these lines/where these lines intersect. A good example that I have taken is below!
My third piece of advice is to try and not be perfect. I’m very much a perfectionist and I’ve found that some of my best pictures have happened by chance or when I’ve not been looking to take the perfect picture. It just kind of happened!
You can also use a composition technique called ‘Leading Lines’. Our eyes are naturally drawn to lines and so you can use natural (or otherwise) lines to draw our eyes to the subject of your photograph!
You can also use ‘Framing’. This highlights your subject by doing exactly what the name implies, you just use something to frame the subject. This something can be absolutely anything! See below where I have use a fence to frame these two people.
My last tip is to use a decent editing app. I would recommend ‘Pic Tap Go’ and ‘VSCOcam’ but I have also heard good reviews about an app called Studio. I don’t really like using Instagram filters as my view on editing is that whilst you do often need to edit your photos, they should be edited in a way that doesn’t look edited and I find that Instagram filters aren’t very good at this!
I hope that you found these all useful. Before I go, I just want to remind you to follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and also sign up to my email newsletter to ensure you keep up to date with Beth Hicks Photography!