Absolutely anyone can take great photographs. You may have heard the quote "the best camera is the one that's with you". I always hear people say “well I’m not a photographer” when it comes to taking photos. You don’t have to be one to take great photos from your phone. All it takes is a little extra attention and intention!
One // Shoot From The Hip
When taking someone’s photo, try holding the photo from waist height instead of holding the phone in front of your face. Shooting someone from a high angle makes them look shorter and shooting them from lower makes them look taller (which is never a bad thing when you’re a shorty like me) but it also emphasizes whatever is closest to the camera. Shooting from waist height is the most flattering for your subject.
Two // Step Into The Light
Watch where the light falls on your subject. If you can shoot in light, go for it! Overcast or shaded light is best. Direct sunlight can create harsh shadows on someone’s face. If it’s nighttime or you’re in a dark place, don’t be afraid to ask your friend to shine some light on the situation aka have them turn on the flashlight on their phone to help brighten up your subject. The flash on the camera can be very harsh so having someone else use their flashlight can make all the difference.
Three // Back Up From The Plate
When it comes to food photos, I notice a habit of people shooting the plate way too closely. Think about it. Most of the time you don’t have your face inches away from the plate, so why have your camera that close? If you notice most food photography isn't taken very close to the food so get some space between your phone and the plate and you’ll immediately see a difference. Nothing on this table changed. The only difference is I’m about a foot away from the plate instead of inches.
Four // Look For The Horizon
Keep a lookout for the horizon lines in your photos. A photo will look 100 times better when it is straightened out. This example is the exact same photo. The one with the straightened horizon line looks so much better than the first. This can be fixed in the editing settings in Instagram or whatever editing app you are using.
Five // Composition Is Key
When taking photos of anything from people to objects, get in there and place the subjects where you like. Watch your background and whatever else is creeping into your frame. Bring items closer together for a more cohesive photo. Also use the rule of thirds to create visual interest in the shot. Making flatlays are really fun so definitely play around with it!