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.
- Hold the phone as still as possible.
- Lightly press the shutter button to take the picture.
- Take horizontal pictures at first for most desirable affect although portrait is possible too.
- You place important elements where these lines intersect.
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".
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.