Love it or hate it, the photography business is defined by smartphones. Nowadays we all have the opportunity to take stunning pictures with just a little bit of practice. But if you want to improve your iPhone photography and take it to the next level (without using Instagram!) these six tips will help.
Keep the Composition Simple
Steve Jobs used to say that “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” When he first coined this phrase he probably didn’t even realize that the iPhone was going to become the most widely used camera on the planet. Most photographers over-complicate their photographs by trying to capture too many details, but this makes it difficult to capture a harmonious image. Unless you’re an expert in HDR (high dynamic range photography) – which you probably aren’t if you’re reading this article! – then keep it simple. Get the composition right for one part of the image, and don’t worry too much about the rest.
Embrace Empty Space
In photography, empty space is called “negative space.” And it’s nothing to be afraid of. In fact, empty space is a great way to make your subject stand out. Remember, in today’s digital world most people will view photos on Facebook and Instagram, through a tiny screen on their smartphone. Keeping your snaps minimalistic will retain detail, so your audience will enjoy them more.
Find an Interesting Angle
Most people will use a default chest height position when taking a photo; however, there are so many more creative options. Try to find more interesting perspectives – lower angles are often the best place to shoot from. Additionally, this will help you showcase interesting features in the foreground, such as blurred out flowers (a splash of color) or ripples in the water (some extra texture).
Focus on Creating Depth
This is especially important if you’re passionate about landscape photography. Use roads, pathways, rivers or anything that leads from the foreground into the distance. Another technique is to focus on objects that are close by, such as rocks and plants, but frame the picture around a larger scene. This creates a truly three dimensional image.
Use Natural Framing
Look to nature and architecture to frame your photographs. Try aligning these objects as if they’re around the subject. If anything is in shot at the same time it will only look whimsical, messy and unbalanced. By using natural framing you’ll emphasis the focal point and giving yourself an object to expose for.
People don’t seem to understand what a close up is these days. If you’re going to do it, do it properly and get right in there! If you’re not close enough you’ll never be able to capture all the amazing details, range of colors, and textures. There’s a whole world beyond what the naked eye can see just waiting to be captured. If you want to shoot extreme close ups, get a macro lens attachment so you can focus properly.
Lastly, there’s no point even taking stunning images unless you are able to show them off in all their glory. Instead of simply taking pictures for social media, consider buying an iPhone photo printer. There’s something about the charm of a physical photograph that Instagram and Facebook can’t replicate.