Everyone can take an unusual picture on a smartphone. To do this, it is not necessary to travel the world and have a fancy camera and other equipment. All you need is to understand the capabilities of your camera and a little technical knowledge. Here are 10 ways to get interesting mobile photos.
Shoot against a light source
Creating a silhouette is one of the key techniques in creative photography. By hiding the model in the dark, you add a sense of mystery to the frame, allowing the viewer to think of a unique story behind the shot.
To make the silhouette beautiful, the light source should be behind the subject during shooting. When shooting outdoors, the sun should be below the horizon. The right time for such photo shoots is sunsets and sunrises.
Shoot from different angles
Most often, photographs are taken from chest level. But if you change the angle, the picture will be more interesting. Change the shooting angle — sit, kneel or even lie down on the floor or the ground. When shooting from below, the subject in the foreground will appear larger.
For unusual shots, shoot a skyscraper, a tree or a decorative chandelier from the bottom up (or vice versa, from the top down).
Another promising technique is shooting through a “frame” (window, doorway or archway). It draws attention to the background of the frame.
Focus on one color
Create visual consistency by focusing on one color. Such pictures look aesthetically pleasing. You can achieve a similar effect by finding similar colors in one place, as in the photo above.
Play with reflections
You can use reflections to get the original photo. They can be found almost everywhere — in puddles, large bodies of water, mirrors, sunglasses, glasses, metal surfaces, glass buildings, windows, and so on. Reflections allow you to create beautiful symmetry for interesting photos.
Use leading lines
Lines allow you to guide the viewer’s eye around the frame. Leading or leading lines do not have to be straight, they can be curvy. For example, stairs, building facades, railway tracks, roads or paths in the forest.
For a guide line to add depth to an image, it should start at the bottom of the photo and go up and in, from the foreground to the background, usually leading to the main subject. This is an easy way to take a mesmerizing photo.
Use the rule of thirds
You can use the rule of thirds to create an interesting shot. In this case, the frame is divided into 9 equal rectangles using two vertical and two horizontal lines, and the main object is located along or at the intersection of these lines. This arrangement of elements adds balance to the frame.
In the cameras of many smartphones (for example, iPhone, Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi, etc.) there is a special tool to simplify this task. It’s called the grid (enabled in the “Settings” of the camera).
To get a beautiful shot when shooting landscapes, it is better to place the horizon not in the center, but along the upper or lower grid line. They can also be used to level the horizon in a frame.
Simplify your composition
If your picture has too much detail, its beauty is lost, as it is not clear what to focus on. One way to get an original shot is through simple composition. For this it is important that:
- there was 1 main object in the photo;
- the background was simple;
- there was a lot of empty or “negative” (as it is called in photography) space in the image as it draws attention to the subject.
Simple photographs often grab the attention of the viewer.
To get a bright, detailed shot, you need to adjust the exposure before shooting. Many smartphone cameras have this feature, look in the settings. To do this, you need to press the display to set the focus, then slide your finger down (to get a darker image) or up (brighter).
Sometimes, to get unusual photos, you can, on the contrary, deliberately overexpose (make too bright) or underexpose (too dark) the frame. For example, to create a silhouette when the subject is completely black, the picture needs to be underexposed.
Use repeating patterns
Repeating patterns such as lines, geometric shapes, shapes and colors are pleasing to the eye. They look great in photos. Even a tiled floor, stones on the pavement and roofs of houses can look interesting and bewitching.
Use Burst Mode
Moving subjects are not easy to photograph — either the picture is blurry, or you can miss the moment by pressing the shutter button too late. The situation can be corrected by the continuous shooting mode, when many photos are taken at the same time. And then in the gallery you can already choose the best of them.
This mode is available on smartphones from many manufacturers, including Apple, Samsung, Xiaomi and others. Look in the “Settings” of the camera, how you can do continuous shooting on your phone.
The burst shooting mode increases the chances of capturing high-quality action images, as well as photos of children, animals, or water splashes.
Your mobile phone’s camera can be a powerful tool for taking beautiful photos if you know how to use it.