I get a lot of questions about photography in general, but before I begin to tackle those I figured I should start out small and do a brief introduction to the topic with mobile photography.
I personally think that mobile photography is the future--no one wants to lug around their heavy DSLR when they have a perfectly good camera on their phone. It's quick and easy, and most importantly, can be uploaded to social media in seconds.
I'm a huge fan of Instagram and have been for a while. I love that it motivates people to pay more attention to the photos they upload and to take the time to compose their shots. That being said, these are a few helpful tricks and tips that I've picked up along the way.
1. Use Natural Light
I cannot stress this enough. Unless you're taking your photos at nighttime, always always use natural light for your photographs. I think that a lot of people make the mistake of taking photos using the artificial lighting in their bedroom, kitchen, etc. And to be honest, I definitely started out doing that. The problem with this is that your photos will often come out with a yellow hue and there is almost no way to get the picture back to normal. When you use natural lighting, the colors, shadows, and really everything, will be better.
2. Take the Time to Compose Your Shots
No matter how delicious your lunch looks, the overall satisfying appearance of the photo comes down to its composition. Don't be afraid to take pictures with your subject off center. It makes for a more interesting and dynamic picture. When you're taking landscapes, make sure your horizon is completely straight (and don't worry, you can fix this in editing if you have to). When it comes down to composition, really play around with your shots and find what's working and what's not.
3. Take It Easy on the Filters
I'm all for using filters, but not when it produces an extremely saturated or contrasted look. My favorite app to use for editing is VSCO cam, mainly because it creates an artificial film appearance that comes close to my style. However, I often don't use the full strength of the filter because it can create too harsh of a look. It's ok if your picture looks like it has a filter as long as that isn't the first thing you notice. It should look natural to a certain extent. Use your filters in moderation! :)
4. Edit Carefully
Kind of a continuation off the previous tip, but remember that your iPhone is not a perfect camera. When you take a photo you have no control over the exposure, shutter speed, etc, so sometimes these things need tuning up in post production. Take the time to do things like perfecting the exposure on your photograph or cropping carefully so that your final image is clean with no distractions in the background.
5. Find Your Style
Whether it be a particular filter that you like or a particular theme, find the things that will remain constant throughout your Instagram feed so that people will know what to expect when they follow you. It will create a sense of an overall cohesiveness that will allow for your feed to "flow" more.
Hope you all enjoyed these tips! Let me know if I missed anything in the comments below and follow me me on Instagram if you'd like! Until next time,