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With all the uncertainty and worry surrounding the Coronavirus outbreak, I thought I would dedicate this month’s blog to a little bit of fun and maybe help to alleviate some the boredom of self-isolation.
Getting the most out of your phone camera
Last week I posted a photo of my cat on my social media and so many people commented on what a great picture it was. Granted Grace is a pretty awesome cat but actually, I have to give a lot of the credit to the phone.
What made it interesting? Largely, it was the composition. I got in close, focused on the eye and the texture of her fur and her markings really made it pop. Turn the image black and white and voila – instant hit!
The chances are we are all going to be spending a lot more time indoors so I thought I would share some top tips on getting the most out of your phone camera so you and the family can get snapping.
Top tips for phone photography
Keep it clean
Remember you handle your phone all the time so your camera is likely to be dirty. Make sure you clean it (this is also a good hygiene practice given the circumstances) using a damp but not wet microfibre cloth.
There is a time and place to get ‘happy
If you are looking for a great shot resist the urge to take a photo within an app. Apps that make use of the camera are often blurry and nowhere near the quality that you can get using your hardware. Remember, there are some great apps for editing photos and adding filters so take the extra time and make it great.
What’s your angle?
Think about what you want to photograph, how would it look if you view it from a different angle. Birds-eye and reverse birds-eye photos can tell a different story and create a memorable photo.
So most pictures are going to end up on social media. With this in mind remember that social media is a landscape medium. Turn your camera on its side and think about where your subject is, full-screen close-ups are great for single subjects like Grace, if you are looking at a group or landscape think what area is your central focus. Gridlines are available on most phone cameras and they can help you balance your shot.
Coronavirus update from DW Images
It is not all taking pictures of the cats. I am still busy working on product photography for clients who are using this time to look at their brand and images.
Adhering to the guidelines on social distancing, I am able to arrange collection and delivery of your products ready for shooting.
If you are looking to diversify or maybe you just want to update those old photos you hadn’t got around to changing please drop me a line and we can chat over a virtual coffee.
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