If you’re not familiar with Smartphonography (Smartphone Photography), you’re missing out. I’ve gotten tons of great compliments and feedback from many who ask about the type of fancy camera I use to take such great, high-quality pictures for my blog and other social mediums.
The secret lies within my smartphone. Yep. That nifty little gadget we all use nowadays to tweet ’til our fingers pop, creep on our celebrity man-crush’s Instagram feed, and stay connected to those we love most.
All you need is a smartphone (iPhone, LG, Samsung, etc), an editing source (such as your phones editing tools or apps), and a keen eye for an awesome photo. You’re about to get certified as a Professional Smartphonographer in 3…2…
1. AVOID THE FLASH
If there’s one thing that will guarantee a quick photo fail, it’s that lightening bolt we call flash. As a blogger, many of our photos consist of mostly products or everyday items. We’re not using a DSLR here, so to avoid lack-luster results, a dark background, and even overly saturated images, cut off the bolt.
Make use of natural light as much as possible. I make great use of natural light from my favorite window in my home. It aids in less editing and more creativity.
2. ANGLE-TUDE IS EVERYTHING
Play around with various angles. I often take around 5 to 6 images of the same thing before I get the perfect photo. I recently tried an upside angle on some lip products. It was by accident but I love how it turned out.
You always want to captivate the eyes of the person who’ll likely see it. Have fun with item placement variations and shapes. Remember images give off varying emotion. If it looks hypnotic to you, chances are it will to your audience. Go for it.
Sometimes the best things happen by accident.
3. LESS IS MORE
Don’t be filter-happy. I love a good filter just as much as anyone but keep it consistent. If your photo style is grungy chic, stick to 1 or 2 filter choices specific to you and your creative style. TIP: This is also a good opportunity for you to reuse your images.
Are there any tips that you would add to this list?