The thought of taking a photo on a cell phone would have been laughed at several years ago – yet now it’s all that most people do.
We don’t need to launch into a tirade about how smartphones have transformed our day to day lives, it’s certainly a topic that has been done to death. However, one could argue that the developments in relation to photography are bordering on the staggering, and particularly in the newer models the results are comparable to the majority of amateur cameras.
However, in a bid to perfect your personalized photo albums, it’s certainly fair to say that you still need to possess some knowhow on how to manage the feature within your camera. This is the reason this guide has been put together, as we take a look at some of the best techniques to get the most out of your iPhone-generated photos.
This first suggestion applies to all camera – negative space
Let’s start with one of the simplest suggestions out there and in truth, it doesn’t matter if you are snapping your photo on an iPhone or any other device, the rules remain the same.
A lot of amateur photographs are petrified of negative space. In basic terms, this is space which doesn’t really mean anything. It might be the sky, or the floor – or anything which a person isn’t going to pay much attention to.
The fact they aren’t paying attention to this negative space is significant though. It means that more focus is brought to the main element of the photo – and for you, this should be your primary aim.
Don’t hold the camera like a phone
It might be a phone, but that doesn’t mean to say that you have to hold it like one. A common mistake for people is to take a photo in exactly the same position as they would if they were sending a text message. In other words, it’s at chest height.
This is a sure-fire way to get your angles completely wrong. Of course, when we say “wrong”, what we really mean is “normal”. When it comes to your photography, you want to be anything but normal.
Instead, you need to stand out from the crowd. Try crouching down with your phone, or holding it high in the air – just to gain a slightly different perspective. By following this approach, you will be amazed at the type of results you will reap.
Don’t over-invest in photo editing tools
Something else which has changed the photography landscape is photo editing apps and the fact that you now don’t have to pay hundreds of dollars to buy expensive photo editing software. Instead, it’s all in the palm of your hand.
The nature of these photo editing apps means that it’s also difficult to make too many edits. Most of the changes that an app allows are subtle, and this is the secret to any great photo editing.