A good photo can be a good photo no matter what’s taken with. Doesn’t matter the object used but the way you use it!
We’ve seen a lot of great photos uploaded on our platform but we’ve also seen a lot of bad ones. The ones that are bad are usually not accepted by our moderators from obvious reasons. Since we’ve seen a lot of our models struggle to get a great photo on their profile we decided to write this tutorial. After all we are living in a world of technology and almost anybody owns a smartphone. Why we’re talking about professional photos being taken with a smartphone? Well, it’s more handy, you don’ t need special training for using it to take photos, plus you can recover some of your investment by using your pictures wisely. Oh yes, there is one more thing, the cameras of the smart phones have some good strengths and a few weaknesses, but if you put emphasis on the good the results are really awesome.
Here are 7 tips for taking better photos with your smartphone:
Make Sure Your Are Lens Clean
Just think about the fact that you have your phone in your hands almost all the time and often your hands end up with different places. Even though the lens may not look dirty and you might not even notice it in your photos, often a deep clean will make a difference.
Install And Use A Better Camera App
This tip applies more to iPhone users than Android users, but in any case, the goal is to have more control. There are a few standard choices in this category and any of them will treat you better than the stock camera application. For example Camera Awesome (made by SmugMug) allows you to shoot in bursts and separates the AF lock from the exposure lock. And guess what, this is also free. Other apps like Camera+ have similar options and allows you to have more control over the pictures you are taking. Whatever your choice is, aside of the stock application, it’s recommended and totally worth spending a little time getting used to it.
Don’t Zoom, Crop Instead
There are a lot of smartphone cameras which offer a digital zoom function, but is better if you ignore this and pretend it doesn’t even exist. If you try to zoom in you will see how your image will start to become ugly because the camera is basically guessing what the image looks like. So that’s why zoom-ing is not recommended but if you’re cropping the image, you’re actually just sampling pixel info that was actually recorded. Many smartphones have 8-megapixels of resolution and sometimes even more. That means you can crop a lot and still have plenty of resolution left for display on a website like ours for example. This will actually “hide” the fact that the picture was taken with a phone.
Don’t Filter, Edit Instead
The last thing you should do is paint your newly taken professional photos with the same filters that literally millions of other people are using, that’s only if you want your images to be unique, otherwise go for it. For the record, I’m referring to the Instagram type of filters, which are cool to use on Instagram but not for the purpose we are trying to achieve in this tutorial. Learn more about Instagram here
In order to avoid using the filters you can go for a full-on image editing app like the excellent SnapSeed, Photoshop Express, or iPhoto. These apps will let you make reasonable adjustments, like contrast, sharpness, and color temperature. Stuff you’d actually do with images from your big professional camera. This way you can actually begin to choose your own style, or even extend the style you’ve already developed outside of your smartphone, perhaps with some photos that you had taken by a professional photographer.
Don’t Add Fake Blur
Faking a photo always makes things worse especially blurring it, plus most probably it will get declined.
If you want the viewer to focus on one specific thing, like for example your eyes or lips, make these the central attraction in the frame.
Forget About The Flash
Seriously, don’ t use the flash! The big problem with many smartphones is that they don’t actually have a flash. They’re simple LED flashlights, thrust into a duty they’re not fully meant or prepared for. The actual flash duration takes too long, so you end up with a blurred image and also terribly-lit one. What makes more horrible are the demon eyes that result when taking photos with the flash on, scary indeed.
So, what do I do in the dark, then, you will ask? We suggest that you leave that type of pictures for your personal use, upload pictures which have a good light balance.
Avoid Using Front Camera
Front cameras have usually less performance then the main camera of the phone. Even though “selfies” are great and a lot of people react well to this type of pictures, probably you already realized that the quality of these photos is less than of those taken with the main. If you want to stick to professional photos use the back camera. Don’ t despair, if you really want to take super awesome selfies Frontback is an app that lets you take photos with both the front camera and the back camera.
Hope you enjoyed and found the article useful. Please comment below if you have any other tips when it comes to taking professional photos with your smartphone for cam model profiles.