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12 Easy Tips to take Good Pictures with your Smartphone

Although appointing someone to take professional images of your product or property is a worthwhile investment, we all accept that this can be costly and not always possible, especially if you are located in regional Australia.

However, if you are thinking of taking the images yourself, you don’t need expensive equipment to take a reasonable photo. In fact, your smartphone can offer a pretty good solution.

By tweaking the settings, angle and lighting, plus the use of multi-featured apps and tools, you might be able to snap more interesting and beautiful pictures that capture the essence of your product, better than you could with a camera.

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Below we have collected 12 good Tips on how to take better photographs with your smartphone:

  1. First off, make sure that your lens is clean and free of smudges and fingerprints
  1. Set your resolution high – Go to camera settings – picture size – select 8.M (4×3) or 6.M (16×9)
  1. Avoid using your Zoom when you take a shot – rather move closer to the subject.   This way you will get better-resolution photos
  1. Shoot in landscape and try to avoid portrait photographs
  1. Lighting: Avoid using the flash but rather rely on other sources… natural light is best, so open the curtains, put on the lights.  The right amount of lighting can make food look more appetizing, facial expressions more cheerful and environments more welcoming.
  1. Try not to rely on your phone’s default auto mode. Although different phones have different settings, most should be able to let you control the focus, exposure, white balance and ISO so experiment a little…    In your camera – go to MODE and select PRO
  • ISO:  Select an ISO of 100 for bright outdoor images and ISO 400 for dark or indoor shots
  • WB: White Balance 5500K for Daylight / 6500K for Cloudy / 2800K for Sunrise or indoor lightbulb / 1000K for candlelight
  1. Do keep in mind where your source of lighting is coming from – avoid back light when taking pictures of people unless you want to go for the silhouette effect. Generally the light source should be behind you, but if you shoot your subject using side light, it can help to capture texture and depth.
  1. Try to avoid cropping your image as this will also compromise the resolution of your image.
  1. Composition: Nothing beats composition as a way to take attractive pictures. Learn some basic composition like Rule of Third, leading lines, scale, framing to name just a few (for more info, check out this article).
  1. Shooting from different angles can sometimes make your subject more flattering and interesting. It also presents a different point of view and sometimes can highlight overlooked details. Don’t be afraid to stand atop a chair or crouch down low to get a perfect angle.
  1. When focusing, keep the phone still and steady (a tripod would work better) and tap on where you want the phone to focus– this will give you a sharper focus on the subject.
  1. Third party camera apps can be helpful, as your phone’s camerahas limited functions.  Downloading these camera apps can help you overcome these limitations and make reasonable adjustments, like contrast, sharpness, and color temperature.
  • Some apps like Camera+ (iOS) and ProCapture Free (Android) have additional features alongside the normal phone settings. Photoshop Express (iOSAndroid) and Pixlr Express (iOSAndroid) perform editing functions like crop, straighten, rotate, flip and removing red eye. If you’re just into filters, you can try Snapseed (iOSAndroid).

Taking reasonably good pictures with your smartphone does not need to be complicated!  Experiment and give it a go…

** Thanks to Cilento Apartments – Mooloolaba for assisting you with the images below.