In this era of technological advancement, it is no surprise that each and everyone of us can become a photographer. As film cameras become obsolete and professional cameras being too hard to handle for most of us, our smartphones have become the most prevalent tool for photo-taking.
Especially for many Yogis, it is always relevant for us to snap some pictures of our newly mastered Yoga poses. Today, let us share with you some tips on how to take better photos with your iPhones.
By the way, we apologize if the pictures in this article are not so well taken ;( They were taken merely for demonstrative purposes.
Remember, flash is NEVER your solution. DO NOT use flash. Try to use creative lightings and available lightings for your pictures.
Look at what happens when you use flash. The image quality gets affected and the colour of the photo becomes yellowish.
In order to brighten your photos, try to increase exposure instead. To increase exposure, tap on your screen. You will see a sun icon beside the square box. Slide the sun up and downwards to adjust the exposure accordingly. This way, the colours of your subjects have the yellowish undertone created by the flashlight.
It has been proven in studies that psychologically, humans appeal more to symmetrical images. This is exactly when the grids come in useful. Use the grids to keep your subjects parallel to your iPhones. Also, try to keep the line of symmetry central if you want to achieve a clean and neat vibe.
I think we all agree that the second picture looks better don't we?
It is important to compose your shots properly in order for you to convey your intended messages to the viewers. When it comes to compositions, there are a few things that you need to take note of.
1. Perspectives and angles
You do not have to always take pictures from the frontal angle! Experiment with multiple angles and perspectives to come up with interesting pictures.
The frontal view looks a little bit boring and unprofessional doesn't it?
These two photos used the same subject, don't doubt it. A world of difference isn't it?
Be creative! Frame your photos using your surrounding to create fun effects.
This photo is just....
Our subjects might not be picturesque sceneries but we can all be a little more creative to add in some interesting elements into our photos can't we?
3. Watch your background
It is important to take note of the background of which your subject matters are placed in front of. The last thing you want to happen is for your audiences to be distracted by the background.
Well, it is obvious which is a better photo right?
Also, colour contrasts between the background and subject matter is extremely important. You want your subject matter to stand out. In order to do so, keep in mind that the colour of the background should not be too similar to your subject.
The purple stands out a lot more doesn't it?
Apart from camera skills, it helps a lot to have some photography applications in your iPhone! For shooting applications, you can take a look at applications like Camera +, VSCO Cam or Hipstamatic. Download them and play around with the functions! Be it filters or lightings or exposures ect, these applications can help you to increase your photo quality.
As for editing applications, you can try out applications like VSCO or Snapseed. These are your saviors for photos that are not so well taken.
To end off, let us look at a quote by Elliott Erwitt:
"Photography is an art of observation. It is about finding something interesting in an ordinary place."