Saturday, December 15, 2012

Take Better Pictures with your Smart Phone

Use that smart phone to take pictures instead of a camera. Why carry two items in your purse or jacket? Virtually all smart phones have a very nice cameras for the masses like us and they are pretty easy to use too. Take even better pictures following a few little tricks.

Most of us put our subject in the center of the screen and press the button and that is fine for many since it is we who will be looking at those pictures. However, if you wish to share those pictures you many want to consider this simple tip to get photos just like professionals.

Standard photo taking tips still apply.

  1. Hold the phone as still as possible.
  2. Lightly press the shutter button to take the picture.
  3. Take horizontal pictures at first for most desirable affect although portrait is possible too.
The professional tip is to use what is called the "rule of thirds". It works like this. Imaginary lines are drawn on the screen, both horizontally and vertically, to divide it into thirds. Most smart phones have a "grid" feature for this very purpose.

  • You place important elements where these lines intersect.
Here is a diagram of the "rule of thirds" grid.

Some smartphones (the iPhone 4S and above, most Android smart phones and iPads with a camera) have the ability to turn these grid lines on or off.

Below are two photos of the same flower. See how one is in the center and the other uses the "rule of thirds".

Try it out. Take a picture with your subject at the center. Then use the rule of thirds grid and see which you prefer. Click here to see many, many examples of photos using the "rule of thirds".

Another example is an outdoor shot of the sunset. Don't put the horizon at the very center. Place the horizon on one of the horizontal grid lines.

Of course, sometimes rules are made to be broken. Please feel free to deviate from this rule. After all it's all about taking pictures that you enjoy.

See my article about saving photos from your smartphone to your PC--AUTOMATICALLY.


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