Five Tips For Better Smartphone Portraits
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06/18/2018
By Jennifer Lebo
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It never fails.  

 

Every weekend, I get to my daughter’s soccer game, or one of the boys’ games, and I think “Aww man!!!  I forgot my camera!”

 

Most days, I shake my head, and simply sit down to enjoy the game.  There’s something to be said about unplugging and being present with them.

 

But there are moments when I want to remember them doing their thing, and so the phone is going to have to do, because yes, the photographer mama left her quality camera at home!

 

I’m telling you, this happens all the time!  

 

So, I’ve learned how to take a decent pic with my phone, and today I’m going to share my FIVE FAVORITE PHONE PIC TIPS with you!

 

1. FIND THE GOOD LIGHT

Even with a smartphone, it’s all about the light.  If you can find nice, even light, you can capture a beautiful photo even without a fancy camera.

 

The trick is to find even light, perhaps using open shade.  Tall buildings, or walls, or even thick hedges can diffuse strong sunlight and create a lovely, well lit portrait- even with your phone.



2. CHECK YOUR BACKGROUND

Again, regardless of the kind of camera you have, your background can make or break your photo.  Take a moment to remove clutter from the background of your photo, and if you can’t move the clutter, move the subject away from it.  A clean background puts all the focus on your subject.



3. PUT A FINGER ON YOUR FOCAL POINT

It’s important to focus on the correct segment of your photo, and that would be your daughter.  With your phone, that’s as simple as framing your shot, and then touching your daughter’s face on your phone screen.  Your phone’s camera will auto focus on the point where you touch the screen, and it will also automatically adjust to expose for her face.  That means she’ll be well lit and in focus. Win win!

 

4. SKIP THE ZOOM.  CROP INSTEAD

When you zoom in to shoot a photo with your camera, the result is usually a grainy, pixelated image.  Yuk! But how can you get a close up of your kid playing soccer if you’re on the sideline then? I suggest cropping instead of zooming.  Take the photo without the zoom, then crop it later in your editing functions. This will leave you with a “cleaner” photo of your soccer star.



5. USE THE RULE OF THIRDS

This is my “go to” rule, whether I’m carrying my quality DSLR or my smartphone.  Imagine your camera screen as split into 9 even boxes- 3 horizontal lines and 3 vertical lines.  Now place your subject alone any one of those lines, or at any point where those lines intersect.  That’s the rule of thirds, and it creates a very flattering portrait.

 

That’s it!  Five quick and simple tips for taking great photos with your phone.  So that next time, when you forget your “good camera”, like I always do, you can still capture a few great pics.

 

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