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Phone Photos: Making quality photos a snap for the everyday photographer

Anna Gerber

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With the advent of modern technology, there is more at our fingertips than ever before. Understanding how to take a photo is very key in today’s culture.

A professional photographer earns 100% of their income from photos they take. A Full-Time Professional Photographer is a person who has been a full-time photographer for his entire career. Pro photographers buy whatever gear they need to get the best results of their photos.

Amateur Photographer earns less than 50% of their income from their photos, but despite being ¨amateur” they still take amazing quality pictures. They take photos for fun and passion. 

Amateur photographers are people who have a full-time job but do photography on the side. They capture weddings and fun events where they can get money. If you are looking for a good way to take pictures, you can use apps to help you! For example, why not try “Microsoft selfie,” The app is designed to help you take selfies. Microsoft Selfie “applies different models automatically and finishes enhancements with just a single click.” There are 13 filter options that will make  general improvements, as well as add a  filter to the photo.” You can also press and hold on the “compare” button to see your enhanced self.  According to Microsoft made a selfie app for the iPhone Look better, with algorithms by Nick Statt  but if you want more control over your pictures there are five simple steps to taking pictures with your phone.

It takes five steps to take good pictures with your phone.  Angles, focus, time, lighting, and composition.

A key part of taking photos is angles. The camera angle marks the specific location at which the camera is placed to take a shot. This will give a different experience and emotion to your photos.

Another important part is a focus. Focus is the clear and sharply defined condition of an image. Time is just as important as angles and focus.

Decisive Moment: (another work for time taking) A term coined by French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, meaning: the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as of a precise organization of forms which give that event its proper expression.

Lighting, another important element in photography. Lighting is the illumination of scenes to be photographed. A photograph simply records patterns of light, color, and shade; lighting is all important in controlling the image. Another important part is composition.

Composition, photography is the placement or arrangement of visual elements in a work of art, as distinct from the subject of a work. So in just five steps you can learn how to take great pictures with your smartphone.

What you’ll need:

  • You
  • Your phone
  • Places or objects to take pictures of

Step 1- Using angles

  • You can easily improve your photos by finding a more interesting angle, and often the best way to do that is to simply shoot from a lower perspective. Shooting from a low angle makes people and other subjects more interesting, simply because we’re not used to looking at them from that perspective. Get down on your knees! This simple trick can really make a huge difference!

Step 2- Using focus

  • You can tell the phone where to focus by tapping on the screen. Want the background in focus? Tap a background subject. If most of the objects and people are about the same distance from you, this won’t matter very much, and you can rely on the phone’s autofocus to do the work for you. But if you have something very close and somewhat distant, you can definitely affect what’s in focus. You can lock the focus on iPhones. Tap and hold a spot on the screen for a few seconds until you see a yellow box flash around your finger. Let go, and you’ll see the message “AE/AF Lock” on the screen.

Step 3- Using time

  • In other words, time is art! When you feel that something wonderful is about to happen, trust your instinct. Be patient and ready for that magical moment when it all comes together. Resist the temptation to shoot too much or too soon, or you may miss the moment. When trying to capture the perfect moment, it is crucial that the photographer chooses the best place to shoot from. If the background is distracting, the moment will be difficult to see.

Step 4- Using lighting

  • There are many different types of light, and this makes a huge difference to how your photos will turn out. Taking a photo of the same scene or subject at different times of the day will produce dramatically different results, some better than others. Bright direct sunlight isn’t usually the best light for photography. The bright sun can cause problems with over-exposure and can cast harsh, unflattering shadows on your subject. In general, it’s not a good idea to shoot directly into the bright sun, however, this technique can create some interesting results. A cloudy or rainy day is often the perfect weather for taking photos. Depending on the cloud, the light can be bright and diffused.  You may not always be taking photos outdoors, so knowing how to make use of available light when taking photos in your home or other indoor locations is an important skill to master.

Step 5- Using Composition

  • A photo should include a main subject or point of interest. This focal point gives your photo meaning and offers the viewer a place for their eye to rest. Without a focal point, your image is unlikely to hold the viewer’s attention for long. When taking photos, always ask yourself: what is my main subject?  The rule of thirds is all about where you position the main elements in a scene. The rule suggests that an image will look more balanced if you position important parts of the scene off-center. Switch the gridlines on in your phone’s camera app to display two horizontal and two vertical lines. To do this go to your settings. Then to the camera and there should be setting that says “guidelines.” The rule of thirds suggests that the most powerful areas of the image are the four points where the lines intersect and that our eyes are naturally drawn to these areas first. Position your main subject on one of these intersections to give the most emphasis to your subject.

It takes time and money to become a pro photographer. So start out small using your phone.  Don’t get discouraged! Follow these tips and you will be there in no time! Have fun with photography, experiment, play around a little bit until you like the results of your photos. Take pictures with your friends, families, and capture the beautiful moments.

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