From Saturday, this post was postponed to Sunday and well I bet you already figured that also was a fail as I’m only just publishing it today. However, in my defense, perhaps it’s a great way to start the week as I’m not sure anyone would want to spend their two days out of seven days break learning anything, at least not me…
I get so many questions about how I shoot my Instagram images by myself at home and while I don’t think I do anything special other than mount my phone on my tripod, run back and forth to set timer and hit the middle button on my phone, I thought to share some tips that I’m certain will give you good quality photo output if you’re creating with your phone.
TIP ONE : CLEAN YOUR LENS ALWAYS
I’m certain you’ve heard this before but if you haven’t, pay special attention to this tip as it makes A WHOLE LOT of difference. There are times where people with same phone as me ask why the images we take differ in quality, all it usually takes to convince them that our phones are not really different or come with different cameras is cleaning their phone lenses. Our phones come in contact with so many other surfaces that might leave prints that can cause a blur on our phone camera lenses. I advise you clean both the front and back lens no matter which you’d like to use.
TIP TWO : FIND YOUR LIGHT
Lighting is KEY, lighting can take your photo from meh to wow so never compromise on this key factor. I don’t own any artificial lighting at the moment so I’m sure to shoot during the day when I can get good light. I’ve been shooting on my balcony of late and it’s been amazinggggg with the outcome of photos I get. I start shooting between 3-5pm as the sun isn’t as harsh and gives a feel of diffused light with makes the images turn out how I like them.
TIP THREE : TURN ON CAMERA GRID
Composition is very important in photography, be it phone photography or while using a DSLR. A well composed image will definitely have you phone images looking like it was done professionally. My way of making sure things are composed well and well aligned is using my phone grids to measure how far things are on both sides, if I’m at the middle or any subject that I’m photographing. To turn on your grid, go to your phone setting, under camera, you’d see a ‘camera grid’ and beside it a turn on/turn off button.
TIP FOUR : LEARN YOUR ANGLES
Just standing or sitting and facing the camera can make your photo look boring and uninteresting to look at so learn your angles. From time to time, try different poses in the mirror before your shoot. This helps to save you time and stress while shooting. Another great way to learn your angles and flattering poses is from tiktok, yes tiktok. There’s a lot of ‘how to pose’ videos on tiktok that are super cool, fun and helpful.
TIP FIVE : EDIT YOUR IMAGES
If photographers don’t send out raw files to client, then this should let you know that editing is where it’s at. With my lightning situation of not having any artificial source of light, I use my editing tools to make my images bright enough, adjust colors to highlight the ones I want to pop and to add an aesthetic feel to images for that wow factor. My favorite editing apps are Lightroom, facetune and vsco. These apps are available on my both iOS and google play store.
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I’m currently looking forward to getting my first artificial source of light and I’ve decided to buy myself some LED lights as opposed to ringlights or softboxes, I’d definitely keep you guys updated on how it goes and a review on how helpful it is or not helpful. I hope you like this post and learnt a thing or two. Do have an amazing week ahead my darlings.
What device do you currently use to create content? Did you learn anything new? Do share your thoughts with me.