Due to work pressures and the need for a new hobby, I’ve been researching online about mobile phone photography. I want to see how other people without any formal training in photography can bring something to life using a phone camera or a not so expensive DSLR.
I want to understand the difference between angles and how to capture a simple object and see beauty in it. I hear obvious factors such as light, angles, arrangement, emotions, timing and overall impact of the subject being taken.
I scoured online and tried as much as possible to find photos to share with you.
I got these photos from a popular photo sharing site, and just browsed using the keyword “phone photos” and I was impressed with how a simple phone can capture a beauty most people don’t notice with their naked eyes.
Sometimes, it takes an inborn talent to bring out these objects to life, make them speak for themselves through their color and natural look to catch somebody’s attention.
I was just amazed that if a phone camera can do this, how much more beauty can a DSLR photo create especially if taken by a professional photographer? Want to take a short peek?
Did I tickle your imagination on what to take a good picture of? I was in fact testing my phone on getting shots at some house-hold stuff and I can’t seem to get a good angle. I guess, it really comes with natural talent and an eye for beauty and a little imagination. (guess I don’t have it? Lol!)
Well, at least I found a few new things to learn that I can use during my weekend time studying and take my mind off of business stuff. Try these simple tips I found online if you’re also looking into this .
1. Move Closer. By moving closer, you maximize the quality of the subject you’re taking. It also allows you to get the sharpest detail that your camera can get.
2. Be Quick. If you’re taking pictures of a moving objects, let’s say an animal or a baby, you have to learn how to move quickly and capture the moment you want or your subject might run away and the moment you want captured, gone.
3. Balance the photo composition. Even if you’re not selling it or entering the picture in a contest, strive harder to get the proper angle rather than just getting a picture without thinking how it would look better. Be conscious of the lines, horizon and perspective. You may not get it in the beginning but as you take more pictures, you’ll understand that putting the subject in the right perspective makes the final result look better.
4. Be selective. Just like in business, it’s better to select the best view of your subject to capture the whole story and not just plain point and shoot.
5. Focus on your subject. Practice with different lenses or take different shots to try to make your subject stand out. If you’re using different cameras or lenses, you will see that there is a difference in your subject’s “focus”.
6. Look at the light. Analyze how it effects your subject. Do you want to show the shadows? Do you want to see the glare? What color is the light as seen on your shots? Take these questions into consideration. You may also want to experiment on the side lighting, back or indirect to see how it effects your subject. All of these details have a massive impact on the picture and how you present the subject so use your instinct as well.
7. Watch the weather. Weather changes the color of the sky, the clouds, sun and ladnscape. Depending on your subject, watch the weather and how natural light can effect your photoshoot. Don’t rush. Wait for the right weather if you want something specific.
8. Use a tripod. This avoids shaking and allows you to capture a beautiful view.
9. Take the picture with courage. Some subjects are on top of a cliff, up a tree or in places you might fear going. Don’t be. Be bold and experimental.
If this sounds interesting to you as a hobby, let me know in the comments below. I’m not a pro and am just learning about this. Would love a pro’s point of view, too!
*** Please note that these photos belong to people who have shared it in Flickr and are not mine. Links to each photos are provided.