Phone cameras have come a long way. Even on mid range smart phones you get a pretty good camera these days. This has opened a lot of opportunities to grab shots almost anywhere at any time. You can also upload these to your social media on the fly which is so great. But a little technique is still required if you want your photos to stand out in feeds and get noticed. Here’s a great tutorial from Michelle Cyca on how to do just that.
Step 1: Use natural light
Lighting is the foundation of a good photo. Understanding how to use light is the first and most important rule of getting great photos using only your phone. Avoid using your flash in favor of natural light, which creates photos that are richer and brighter. A flash can flatten out your photo and wash out your subject. If you can’t shoot outdoors, take photos near windows or in well-lit rooms. Even at night, it’s preferable to find sources of ambient light, like street lamps and store windows.
There is really great information in this article and you will pick up plenty of great technique and ideas from it. I consider myself to be a fairly good photographer, but just by following the basic instruction in this guide I was amazed at some of the results I achieved.
Follow the rule of thirds
Composition refers to the arrangement of a photo: the shapes, textures, colors and other elements that make up your images.
The rule of thirds is one of the most well-known composition principles, and refers to a simple method of balancing your image. It divides an image into a 3×3 grid, and aligns the subjects or objects in a photo along the grid lines to create balance.
For instance, you can center your photo. But you can also achieve a pleasing effect with “balanced asymmetry”, where the subject is off-center but balanced out by another object. In this case, the flowers are arranged in the lower-right area of the photo, and are balanced by the sun in the top-left corner.