Take Better Images With Your Phone

It’s easy enough for most people to rely on the default settings of our phone’s camera to take every day shots of our friends, a garden in the park, or a cute selfie. But learning some basic terms and tips for shooting can take one’s basic shots and dramatically improve their quality with relative ease. The quality of photos that can be produced after learning some beginner’s skills, plus the resolution and clarity capabilities of recent phones and digital cameras, can also make for excellent prints.

It’s wise to consider size, medium, and display options early to help with composition choices. Print Partner offers photo printing services in Toronto and our team is happy to provide advice on what makes a superior photo print.

Lighting

If you’re a pro at taking selfies, you’ve learned that lighting is important. Of course, this extends to all styles of photos – landscapes, close-ups, interiors, portraits, or candid group shots. Appropriate lighting is the key to quality compositions. Light hitting objects affects the colour, shadows, and details that can be captured (and later manipulated), and it helps set a tone or evoke a mood. For interior shots, if you have lights that are moveable or adjustable, play around with their placement. The colour of the light can affect the subject matter dramatically. Unflattering fluorescent lighting isn’t great for faces, for example. Outdoor shots are mostly at the mercy of weather conditions, but standing in different places, crouching, or climbing up to a higher vantage point, and perhaps waiting for clouds to roll in or out is worth experimenting with.

Angles

Try capturing the same scene from different angles and changing what you can see framed on your screen. The rule of thirds helps with proper composition. Having the focal point or main feature of your shot perfectly centered can be awkward and less interesting. Angles can change and warp the look of a 2D image of a 3D object in space – as anyone who has taken a photo of their own face can attest to. If an object is too close to the lens, it can appear distorted and much larger than it should be.

Stability

Holding a phone can be a bit shaky, so try to rest your arm or the phone itself on a stable, stationary surface, or consider investing in a mobile tripod. For extra stillness, use the button on your phone to snap the photo rather than tapping the screen.

Focus

Your iPhone or Android will have a way to select a point on the screen to become clearly in focus. The exposure level will also automatically adjust once you’ve selected a focal point that is either closer or farther away, so the brightness will also change.

Mode

Try out every pre-set on your phone like macro, landscape, night, etc. to see how they function. HDR is an often-overlooked mode that many find compensates for undesirable lighting conditions by taking three quick successive shots and digitally combining them into one. You might find a mode that suits your style perfectly and you’ll be happy you finally tested out those little icons.

You don’t need to be a professional or buy an expensive digital camera to create beautiful, durable, and long-lasting works of art for your home or to give as a gift. If you’re looking for canvas prints in Canada or a more modern medium like acrylic or metal, Print Partner offers high quality, boutique photo printing services with a dedicated team that can help you choose the right sizes, mediums, and display options for your work of art. We use the latest in archival printing techniques to produce the highest quality photographic prints available today. Please contact us to learn more about all of our stunning options.