Blogging doesn’t require you having the latest in camera equipment, in fact quite the opposite when you’re getting started. It’s a quote you’ll hear a lot from photographers: “The best camera is the one you have with you”. Well, chances are you always have your phone with you so it makes sense to get the most out it. Here’s a few tips to improve your ‘phonography’.
Shoot a lot.
In the days of film we were more careful, now you can shoot and edit/delete later. This is especially true if it’s a fleeting moment, so snap away, but still take care with composition.
You are the zoom.
The zoom function on phone cameras is pretty useless, so move yourself instead.
Camera shake is not a photographer’s friend, so brace yourself against a door frame, ledge, table or even better carry a little bean bag around with you. This is especially true in low light, where you’ll notice a real improvement if your camera is steady.
Receipts, artwork, a packed suitcase, DIY, where your car is parked, behind the scenes of a photoshoot, what colour your flat was before you painted it… the list is endless and you’ll be grateful for you image library of content when scheduling social media later on down the line. Use your phone camera to record it and backup to your PC or the cloud (iCloud, Flickr etc).
Ever heard of VSCO? This app is pretty much photoshop in an app and can make any photo look like a pro has taken it. You can mess around with filters or simply just sharpen your imagery and adjust particular aspects. We warn you, it will be your new favourite app!
Explore the different ways you can share and sync your images via your social media channels. One very cool app is IFTTT (If this, then that). You can set up triggers to automatically do things when you do other things, like post a native image to Twitter when you upload an Instagram image for example = awesome.
Be aware and don’t forget to “look up”.
Holding your phone out in front of you by your fingertips is an invitation to have it stolen, so be aware of your surroundings before taking it out. Don’t forget to experience the actual moment too. As a blogger you’ll get to take part in some exciting things but they won’t be cherished if you’re too busy editing photos rather than taking the time to look and listen to what is going on at the time.