Isn’t it crazy how we’ve progressed with our photo-taking? Just about each and everyone of us carry a point-and-shoot camera with us wherever we go. We’re constantly stopping to take a photo of each moment, just grasping onto every moment we can and if you’re anything like me, taking dozens upon dozens of photos of our littles everyday. I love not having to lug around my big DSLR wherever I go and still having the capabilities to take great photos.
The only downside of the cell phone camera revolution, is the quality of photos has gone done. While, the quality of our phone cameras has improved over time, they still don’t quite compare to the quality of even an entry level DSLR. To make up for the quality of cell phone camera photos, there are a few things you can do to improve your photography. Follow these simple tips when you take photos next time and you’ll all kinds of impressed with your photos!
1. Use Natural Lighting: I can’t even tell you how much good lighting makes a difference in your photos. Natural lighting is always best and I try to either take my photos near a window, in a brightly lit room, or even outside at times. It just shows all of the colors so much better and doesn’t leave your photo with that orange-y hue. Natural colored lightbulbs are a great alternative if you don’t have access to natural light, however.
2. Change Your Perspective: Get down to the level of your subject. Whenever I take photos of Alea, I try and kneel down and really get down to her level. You can also practice this by taking the photo from your hip. Shots from a above are always aesthetically pleasing, as well, if your shooting a grouping of objects. It all depends on your subject, but thinking about the perspective is key!
3. Get Close: But whatever you do, do not zoom in! The zoomed photo is always blurry and not as focused and sharp as it could be. If possible, try and get closer to your subject, rather than using the zoom feature on your camera phone.
4. Stay Still: Whatever you do, stay as still as possible while you’re taking the photo. Camera phones don’t have much forgiveness when it comes to camera shake and a little movement can completely ruin and blur your photo. If you’re hands are shaky, try holding your arms closer to your body or if you’re in a kneeling position, put each elbow on each knee to stabilize your arms and make your own personal tripod. This will surely help your photos to come out nice and clear and sharp!
5. Store Your Photos Safely: This is something I’ve been working hard on. I take so many photos that I honestly don’t even know what to do with them all! I just know that whatever I do with them, I want them to be safe. I have several very special and meaningful photos I’ve taken with my camera phone and if I lost any of them, I would surely be devastated. That’s where Amazon Cloud Drive comes into play!
With Amazon Cloud Drive, all you have to do is download the Amazon Cloud Drive app, available on both iOS and Android, and upload your photos directly to it. If you’re already an Amazon Prime member (which hello, you need to be), then you already have 5gb of free storage! Are you a crazy person like me who wasn’t taking advantage of that?
They have plans available to increase your storage as well, both of which start with a free 3-month trial. The Unlimited Everything Plan is $60/year (less than $5/month) and you can store an unlimited amount of photos, videos, anything! The second plan is the Unlimited Photos Plan which is available for $11.99/year– so if you’re looking to store only photos, this is definitely the plan for you, and it also provides 5gb of storage for videos.
Storing your photos with Amazon Cloud Drive will free up space on your phone and help keep those special memories safe and sound. Trust me, you’ll want a safe spot for all those brightly lit, sharp, and focused photos you’ll be taking!
What tips do you have for taking better photos?
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