Most of you out there want beautiful pictures of your children, but either don’t have the desire to buy an expensive camera and equipment, don’t have time to learn how to really use the expensive camera you already have and/ or just do your best to capture the every day moments with your smart phone.
I too will try to leave my camera home to spare my family another outing where I obsess over lighting and composition. That said, I seem to be unable to let a moment go by without capturing it. So in these situations I go to my iphone.
I thought I’d give you a few tips on how to take better pictures on these devices. All photos on this page were taken with my phone (nothing has been edited)
Step 1. Clean your lens!!
I know it sounds like a no brainer, but if you are like me (with 3 kids) your phone is most likely covered in yogurt and peanut butter and jelly. So clean it.
Step 2. Check out the resolution and picture quality settings – and set them on high
Step 3. Don’t zoom… let your feet do the walking.
While most smart phones have a built-in zoom on them, I would never recommend using it. The minute you start using the zoom on the camera - you're going to get some noticeable pixelation. It is better to move yourself and your phone closer to whatever you're photographing and only use the phone's zoom as an absolute last resort!
Step 4. Stabilize yourself.
To avoid your typical blurry smart phone camera shot hold your phone with both hands with your arms pulled in tight to your body, breathe out and then snap your shot. You can also use the top of a flat surface (table, chair, gate etc..)
I kept my arm on the edge of the tub to keep it still and was able to get a clearer image.
Step 5. Let there be light!!!
Light with camera phones is important – the lower the light the more grainy and bad quality it becomes. Unless you are taking pictures of the sun or the lake, always try to keep the sun behind you and your subject. This will ensure that your subject is well lit. If you are inside or it is an overcast day you can then face your suject into the (disfused) light and try to catch the light in their eyes!
Here I turned my computer toward Ryan's face so I could get the light I needed in the dark.
Step 6. Move around and get in different positions.
This is key when taking shots of children. Get down to their level and take the shot from there. Stand directly over them as they lay in bed. Play around with it and have fun with them while learning!
Step 7. Rules of third.
This is a photography imperative that basically says in order to bring balance and interest to an image points of interest should happen in the thirds sections of an image. So to make it simple don’t always center your subject. Some smartphone (and on instagram) you can show the rules of third grid to help you. (This picture was taken with my Canon but I wanted to give you a good rule of third example)
Step 8. Be creative!
I hope you found this helpful and I look forward to seeing your work~ Keep snapping!!