Everyone knows that a great blog is not only about the content but the photos that accompany it. In fact, I can testify from personal experience that a huge part of the time spent making a blog is in getting the unique images. But what if, like me, you prefer to use your smartphone to take those photos?
How do you overcome the limitations that a smartphone has? Check out this ultimate smartphone photography guide for bloggers everywhere and follow the tips provided below.
The Main Limitation – Zooming In
I would always caution against using the zoom feature on any smartphone. What you have to understand is that the main difference between a DSLR camera and a smartphone is that with a smartphone you’re not actually zooming in. You’re cropping the image. Using the zoom feature always degrades the quality of the final image.
Move yourself instead of using the zoom feature.
Good Composition is Everything
Good composition can overcome many other limitations you will have to deal with. Don’t just stick with a ‘straight down the lens’ photo. Experiment with different angles. Get down low and go up high. See what other bloggers are doing, especially on Instagram, and try to replicate that.
Take the same image from multiple angles and review them later. See what you can come up with.
Play with Light
The biggest flaw with most blog photos is that there’s either too much light or too little light. Remember that artificial light is uneven, so try to use natural light if you can. Open up the blinds or, if taking outdoor images, get out at the right time of day. One top tip for outdoor blog photos is to get out there during the golden hours, which are around sunrise and sunset. This is when natural light is best.
However, you can manage to compensate for the unevenness of artificial light by adjusting your lamps and using a reflector.
Line it Up
Make sure everything is straight. There are editing programs like Lightroom that can do this for you, but it’s always best to get it right while you’re shooting. Again, this is hard if you’re just starting out because you’re not used to it. Over time, though, you’ll find it much easier to automatically line up the horizons and to make sure your points of interest are in the right places.
You should also keep in mind the rule of thirds. The rule of thirds stipulates that you should place points of interest along lines and where lines connect on a grid. You can add a grid to your lens by adjusting the settings on your smartphone.
So, What’s the Key to Taking Great Blog Photos with a Smartphone?
Composition, light, and adjusting your angles are all crucial for creating memorable blog photos. But my main piece of advice is to just shoot as many photos as possible all from different angles. Try to make them as unique as you can. It’s all about practice. As time goes on your images will improve and you’ll find taking great photos comes naturally.
What is your best tip for taking great blog photos with your smartphone?