The Best Camera Is The One You Have With You ( Part 2 )

Picking up from where we left off last time, I’m going to share a few more photography tips that you can apply to just about any device you have on you to take photos.

You don’t necessarily have to remember all these rules or apply all of them to the photos you take. Just practice them, one at a time, and soon they’ll become like second nature and you’ll figure for yourself where the different rules can be applied to best effect.

It’s all about perspective

Most parents and pet lovers have a tendency to take photos of their kids and pets from their eye level. Unfortunately, this results in some very distorted and unflattering photos. Instead, I always advise people to take photos from their subjects’ eye level.

Besides just pets and kids, changing your perspective can breathe fresh life into your photography skills. There are unlimited possibilities for capturing the same subject from different angles. So experiment with your point of view – get down on the ground, climb a tree, get on your knees – anything for that perfect photo, right?

Get comfortable with getting close

When it comes to camera phones, the closer you are to your subject, the better photos you get.

Getting closer gives you more control over the lighting of your subject. For example, if there are any bright patches in the background of your shot they might be throwing your camera’s meter off and making your subject appear dark. Once you get close, you can block it out entirely.

Basically, the best zoom you have is your feet- so get closer to your subject, and see how your humble camera phone shines.

Leading Lines

This is another interesting technique that can add depth and character to your shots. Since our eyes are naturally drawn along lines and paths in photos, photographers make use of leading lines, or lines within an image to lead the eye to another point in the photo or sometimes, out of the photo. It actually tends to make the person viewing the photo feel as if they’re in the photo themselves.

Sounds complicated? It’s not, really. Leading lines are all around us – in cities as well as in nature. They could be in the form of trees, avenues, roads, fences, electric lines, rivers, the list goes on. The next time, before you take a shot, take a moment to examine the scene for prominent lines.

Forget the flash

All of us have been subjected to the harsh light of a camera phone flash that results in demon eyes and scary smiles. But we don’t have to anymore. Nowadays camera phones capture much better photos in low light. And if you really need that extra light, try using another person’s camera light from a 45 degree angle to make your subjects brighter instead.

Framed!

Not just the ones on the wall – natural or man-made frames can really make a photo pop. Openings in trees, rock formations with holes in them are good examples of natural frames. Doorways, windows and arches make for great man-made frames. They help contain the subject or scene in an interesting form. And what’s more, they help set you apart from the amateur shutterbug next to you.

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