Christmas and New Year are ahead, which means that our smartphones will have to work pretty hard as a camera. However, we have to admit that most of us have a very vague idea of the photography technique and other nuances, which is why the quality of the pictures leaves much to be desired.
Col Rice, a professional photographer and creator of a number of original Instagram filters, decided to conduct a kind of "educational program" and help those who want to improve the quality of their photos.
1. Get to know your smartphone
First, you should get familiar with the camera of your phone (iPhone or Android). To do this, you need to click the settings button and examine the gadget's parameters. All phones are different from each other, however they have a few common settings.
One of them is the HDR mode, which will help improve the quality of images in various conditions. By processing large numbers of shots at different exposure levels at the same time, HDR mode instantly merges them together. In this case, light areas will become lighter, dark areas - darker, and previously invisible fragments will become visible.
2. Think about what is behind the photo
Before pressing the shutter release, you should think about the content of the future picture. Try to imagine the image outside the focus point. Understanding is the key. By adding background or surroundings, you can compose your shot. In other words, each photo is not just an image, but a whole story.
3. Use proven applications
Typically, your phone comes with a standard camera app. Of course, there are thousands of similar applications, but you can choose a couple of those already tested, including from Instagram, to improve the quality of the pictures.
Taking it to the next level involves mastering photo editing applications like VSCO or Snapseed. As practice shows, having perfectly mastered them, you can make a mini-work of art from a photo.
4. Go against the rules
However, application guidelines should not restrict the user. As Cole Rice states, “I love to use tools incorrectly. I think that people who swim against the tide always achieve great success. "
5. Look for unusual angles
To make your photos look better than your friends, you need to find new and unusual angles. Your photos are a kind of invitation to walk with you and - at the same time - an offer to look at the world in a different way.
6. Don't go overboard with filters
The birth of Instagram put an end to untouched images. According to Col Rice, using filters, he strives to make images more sublime. At the same time, he urges to use filters carefully, so as not to completely "bury" the picture. According to an experienced photographer, “subtlety really matters” in this matter.
7. Take responsibility for posting
The quality of pictures in social networks is determined, as a rule, by the number of "likes", "retweets" and "shares" received. The venerable photographer believes that the best pictures should not be lost in a sea of spam. Mr. Rice himself prefers to post no more than two photos daily.