Here are some tips to get a nice clear image, the perfect base to a good photo.
- use natural light to its full advantage, take images during the sunniest hours of the day
- stand with the light behind you so the light is directed at your subject
- tuck your elbows into your sides to steady your arms & hands to stop blurry photos
- tap the screen on your phone where you would like the focus point to be (usually the main subject of the photo or the thing closest to the camera)
- whether using a camera or phone if you are taking photos of a person always try to focus on the eyes
- work with the rule of thirds, one third either side of the subject and the face in the middle third (see picture below)
- when possible, photos with multiple people look best when everyone is wearing similar colours (eg. all dark or all light) cameras dont always expose both light and dark colours together very well
- try to keep the background simple, like a good ol' instagram mum white wall, some greenery, it helps keep the focus of the image on the subject
- if standing against a wall, try to stand at least a step out from the wall, it adds dimension
EDITING YOUR PICTURE:
Here's my tips for editing images on your phone & a little video example.
-VSCO seems to be the best editing app for phones, VSCO make a lot post production things for professional photographers so it seems to have the professional edge on the other apps
get the image looking good without a filter, then add one later
- the first thing to work with is exposure (sometimes called brightness) adjust it so the image is bright but not over exposed
- the second thing I play with is the crop of the image, work with the rules of thirds I explained above
- saturation is usually the last thing I adjust before I add a filter, make sure the skin of your subject is warm and lively. often bumping up the exposure makes the skin go a little washed out. This is the most common "mistake" I see
- I tend not to play much with things like sharpness, clarity, grain, tint etc when I edit an image on my phone, its not quite "high tech" enough to do it properly
- try to pick a filter that keeps your colours true, this gives a professional look, eg, is the orange flower orange? or does the filer make it look brown?
Here is a video of me doing a simple edit on a picture taken using my phone, using the VSCO app
The cameras I shoot with professionally are a Nikon D800 & a D750. Amazing cameras but like I say professional. These camera's below are what I would recommend to anyone wanting something easy to use, small/portable & that takes nice quality images.
- Fujifilm X-M1 - I actually own this camera too so can totally back it up when I say its super easy to use, point and shoot, crisp clear images with the ability to fiddle with settings if you want to take your images to the next step. Its small & light so I often have this in our nappy bag if we are out and about but dont want to carry our big camera's. This camera gets even better if you invest into other lenses than the kit one it comes with. Its also reasonably priced.
- Canon 100d - a great entry level DSLR, the kit lens bought with it is a 18-55mm a great perspective to start on. This would be a great camera body to learn how to use settings properly and get the feel for photography. It is really affordable too.
- Nikon d3300 - Nikon's equivalent, a great starter camera body. This camera is often sold alongside a 18-55mm kit lens too. Very affordable, small & compact and easy to use.
MAKING THE STEP UP:
If you want to get serious about photography here is what I think is the best way to go about it
- Purchase a good camera body and a good lens (I recommend starting with a 50mm)
- Look into programs like lightroom and photoshop for post production
- ask a friendly photographer for advice, we love to chat and share
Anything I missed? Still have questions? Please ask away! I'm happy to answer!