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Tips on how to take a great photo with your smart phone

May 30, 2018



When I started blogging 4 years ago, I couldn’t afford an impressive SLR camera or the latest I phone so I settled for a 10 megapixel digital camera to fulfill all my blogging needs. Through this I have learned to make the best with what you’ve got and how to use light and composition to its full advantage. Luckily today, mobile phones have far better camera capabilities creating a great opportunity to learn the basic tricks of the trade with your mobile rather than jumping straight to an expensive camera.




Today I will share a general rule of thumb that applies to most mobile phones to take that perfect photo. For this blog post all the photos were taken using a Nokia Sirocco 8 which is equipped with a dual lens. The first (main) lens is a 12 megapixel sensor with a f/1.75 aperture lens and equipped with OIS. The second rear lens is also 12 megapixels but with an f/2.6 aperture. This combination offers 2x optical zoom.


None of the photos was edited to show the full capabilities you can achieve with a smartphone.


Make use of the grid lines


The grid lines help you implement the rule of thirds, what this implies is your image is split up into 9 rectangular segments and broken down into thirds both vertically and horizontally.  The important objects or elements in your shots needs to run along these lines or must be situated where these lines meet. This allows your photo to be more balanced.




It’s in the details


The easiest way to take a compelling image while also showing off your smartphones capabilities is to take a photo of something small. By tapping on the screen to focus on your object it will also create that lovely depth of field where you have a nice blurred background making your subject stand out even more.




Natural light is your friend


Use natural light to your advantage! When taking a portrait make sure natural light is directly shining onto your subjects face, this eliminates the option of having to use the “beautify app” which everyone can notice your using!;)


In regards to the Nokia 8 Sirocco, it is equipped with a dual 13 megapixel cameras, both with a f/2.0 aperture. The first lens has optical image stabilizing, while the second has a monochrome sensor. This combination allows for increased detail and low-light performance which helps allot in the natural light section.


The first photo was taken in a staircase at a spot that was very isolated with no natural light. The second photo was taken at the very top floor right across a massive window, letting in allot of light.




Negative space doesn’t imply boring


Negative space is the space around and between the subject of an image. To use this to your advantage and make your subject stand out and evoke a stronger reaction from your viewer, just include allot of empty space to your image.






See things in symmetry


Think of a West Anderson movie and the soothing realization that each scene can be divided in half and create two equal parts. There is some kind of harmonious balance to this which is very appealing to the eye and attract attention, so give it your attention!





Use your lines


Always look for lines in a compelling composition because the eye will virtually always follow an actual or implied line across the picture. These lines create depth and symmetry.





 All the photos where taken at the Zeitz Museum Of Contemporary Art Africa


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