As the non-photographer in the family, being able to properly use my cellphone is how I keep up with impromptu photo opportunities.
This also helps me feel like I am contributing to the memory-capture part of the vacation. He uses the big DSLR and has multiple lenses in his bag; I have a stroller, two kids, snack packs and a cell phone. And that’s how we like it.
Shoot like a Pro!
For me, when we are traveling with kids, I would just as well leave the DSLR at home if I didn’t depend on the images for work. This blog requires high-res images, and you aren’t going to get that with my iPhone 6S. Now that we have an iPhone X, I can see my phone photography game stepping it up a notch, maybe even blog worthy. We shall see.
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Should you take your camera or just your cell phone?
It depends on what you want to do with them. Like I just mentioned, I need my images for this blog, so they need to be top notch.
Most newer cell phones’ cameras are high enough quality to provide photos that are perfectly fine for sharing on social media and even for developing in smaller sizes. However, if your goal is larger-scale photographs then you may want to consider using a higher-quality camera.
The idea of how much gear you want to carry around and how comfortable you are using a big fancy camera should also come into play. No sense bringing a camera you have no intention of using it or the possess know-how.
Tips Every Photographer Should Know
Make Sure the Lens is Clean
Being in your pocket all day, or rubbing up against something in your backpack, can leave dirt and film on the camera’s small lens. And you may not even notice it while you are busy taking pictures. But you will see if while editing and trying to find that perfect shot.
This one is hard to do, even for me. Don’t use the zoom feature on your phone. Your shots will always turn out grainy. Instead, get closer to your subject or use an app later to edit the photo.
Hold the Flash
Flash photography has a great way of ruining everything. At night, the contrast is just too great and you end up with an overexposed or harshly light photograph. Opt for natural lighting or no photo at all.
And when it comes to ride photos, stick to ‘no photo’. It’s rude and against the rules. Not worth it.
Use Natural light and know where it is.
It’s important to keep the sun behind you when you are taking photos. If you don’t, your foreground elements, like your
Take Several Shots
More is more. Of slightly different angles. Or the same angle. Someone’s always blinking or looking the wrong way or pinching their little sister. The more photos you take, the more likely it is that somehow an actual quality image will sneak in there among the mayhem.
When strangers ask me to take their photo, I make it a rule to take 2-3 portrait, and another 2-3 landscape. You never know which they prefer and just in case something is wrong with the first few.
BACK UP your photo files early and often
If you don’t have your cloud actively backing up your images as you take them, which uses a lot of power, be sure to back up your images when you get back to the hotel. This can be done either to your laptop, tablet or any type of cloud account like Dropbox or Google Drive.
Use the Basic Rules of Photography
The Rule of Thirds is a good place to start. You can use the grid on your phones camera or in a camera app to help.
In its most basic form, the rule of thirds states that the most important subjects of the photo should be placed along the gridlines and at the intersections of these lines, which are known as junction points.Iphone Photography school
To switch the grid on …
- iPhone: Go to “Settings,” choose “Photos & Camera,” and switch “Grid” on.
- Samsung Galaxy: Launch the camera app, go to “Settings,” scroll down and switch the “grid lines” option to “on.”
Focus on one subject.
Many of the best photos include just one, interesting subject. So when taking a picture of one, spend some extra time setting up the shot. Many suggest that the subject shouldn’t fill the entire frame, and that two-thirds of the photo should be negative space — that helps the subject stand out even more.
Just as they are important for Digital Cameras, photography accessories are key to increasing your range with a phone’s camera.
Bonus Tip; Food Porn
When taking picture of your food, or even of merchandise while in the store, your phone will almost always generate a better image than your camera. It’s too close and you really don’t want to stand out more than you already do. This is why we suggest investing in a decent mobile phone with an amazing camera before you try your hand at a fancy DSLR.
At least this way, it’s a little more well rounded and everyone is a pro-photographer with a mobile phone.
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