Posting photos on Instagram but getting 5 likes from your closest friends? We need to change something, because there are millions of people on the network, and each of them can see exactly your photo, it is she who can get into the tops and bring hundreds of new subscribers. But how do you take beautiful photos? They say the easiest way is on the iPhone. We talk about how to fill your account with artistic photos using this smartphone.
What and when to shoot
Sunrises, sunsets and nature
The iPhone cameras have a significant advantage over the rest — with their help, you get such spectacular shots with nature, especially sunrises and sunsets, that likes pour like from a cornucopia. The iPhone is great at capturing contrasts, hues, and dynamic range. This is especially noticeable if you turn on the smart HDR function in the camera settings.
Explore different shooting styles. You should not be limited, heeding the previous advice, to nature or monotonous selfies, although it is not necessary to completely exclude them. The iPhone is great for street photography. For example, these smartphones manage to successfully catch the movement of people and cars.
The iPhone successfully shoots interiors, objects, portraits and, of course, food. So in terms of genres, you have a huge choice.
For mobile photography, in many ways, the same rules that reign in the world of professional photography apply. Namely — the “golden hours” for filming: right before dawn and after sunset. At this time, the shadows are the softest, the lighting plays with incredible colors and there is almost no reason to be afraid of overexposed frames. But during the day in bright light or in cloudy weather, you always have to pay attention to how the sky looks. If it’s too light, try sliding your finger across the screen to adjust the frame’s brightness.
If it’s not yet possible to build a frame by eye, in the camera settings you can select a grid that will help you more easily identify 9 sections of the photo. By placing the main subject on the frame in one of the squares and lining up vertical and horizontal lines on the grid, you will very easily get a good shot. Of course, sometimes you can afford to deviate from the rules and arrange objects as you like, but first it is better to learn the basics of composition.
Bottom up, top down
Front shots are original, but for the most part they are very monotonous. Therefore, dilute the familiar and look at the world from unexpected angles. For example, shoot a building not from your height, but from ground level. Or take a picture of an indoor flower from afar, and focus on its shadow. Get creative, move around the subject and try different options. One will definitely be successful.
Behind the viewer’s eye
Even when the photo is small, on a smartphone screen, you still need to imagine how subscribers will look at the picture: scrolling through the tape, they will catch on to a bright spot or one element that will lead their eyes further down the frame. So it is worth building it so that the plot is hidden in it. After all, every work of art should tell a story.
You can also focus on something other than the main subject of the photo. If you’re filming a pitcher, you don’t have to make sure it’s the center point. On the contrary, try to focus on things around: show the subject through its environment. Here we again rely on the techniques of professional photography, but what can you do.
If you are shooting a thematic blog, for example, about books or decor elements, you will often need to take photos of objects. The light will not always be on your side, but there is a simple solution. Either purchase an external ring lamp with a diffuser, or use cold light from a conventional lamp. To avoid glare, you can put a sheet of paper between the light source and the subject — it will create soft shadows.
Flash — evil or not
If the external flash on digital cameras is configurable, then the mobile phone’s LED bulb does not have such a privilege. Therefore, when shooting, it is better to rely on natural light. The viewfinder is a smartphone screen, and the iPhone has excellent Retina displays, so look straight ahead in real time and catch the most spectacular fall of light.
Modern iPhone cameras have a night mode in which a dark frame is artificially brightened, but it is “grainy”, which reduces the quality of the photo.
Secrets of technology
Better get closer
If you’re shooting at a distance and expect to zoom in on the image, it’s best to get closer. No matter how cool the iPhone camera is, digital zoom will greatly ruin the detail of the frame. But shooting at a short distance from the subject, you will keep all the natural pixels and get high resolution. Especially if the lighting is bright enough. Feel free to use different shooting modes. Although the iPhone does not have a macro mode, it does take close-up objects so well.
Why you need the Live Photo option
If you shoot in Live Photo mode, the phone can capture not just a frame, but a video that is several seconds long. On Instagram, this is almost useless, but the function itself is also great for long exposure photos.
In addition, you get not one, but several frames, and you can even choose the one that worked best from the video. To do this, go to the photo editing mode, click on the Live Photo icon and move the slider to the desired frame. Then select it as the main one.
Professional photographers tend not to resort to the help of photo editors, but for Instagram this option is quite good. There are several popular apps such as VSCO and Snapseed. They help to process the finished frame and adjust the brightness, contrast, shades, and so on. Almost like photoshop, only much easier. And these applications have a large library of filters. All results can be canceled or saved as a separate file.
Here are some tips we have prepared for those who want to get beautiful photos for Instagram. And this is much easier to do than it seems. After all, most top accounts are run by people like you and me. Try and fail, see what works best, and you’re sure to find your style.