Terroir - Intro to Cell Phone Photography
Basic Photography Tips
Great shots start by having the subject in focus. When focusing your shot think about:
- Stabilizing your camera as much as possible
- Using tap to auto-focus feature to tell you camera what part of the image to focus on
- Avoid direct sunlight, have subject stand in brightest patch of shade
- Avoid backlighting subject (unless it's on purpose)
- Enjoy shooting during the "Magic Hour" (sunrise/sunset), the golden light makes your photographs look amazing
- Low light settings? Make sure to stabilize your phone by bracing your arms against your body. Pay attention to your breath.
- Some phones offer the ability to set the exposure by tapping on a dark or light region of the image.
Framing the Shot
- Use the rule of thirds when framing your shots
- Do a Google image search on 'rule of thirds photography' to get some ideas about this principle
- Many phone cameras give you the option to display a grid while shooting.
- Foreground and Background
- Notice what is in the background of your shot.
- Change your angle or move closer to your subject so that the background supports the image or at least does not distract from the subject.
Here are a few favorites resources for viewing great photography:
Tips for Using Instagram
Effects and Filters
Instagram has many effects and filters, some may enhance your visual images, some may ultimately detract from a successful image.
- Use effects/filters sparingly and always compare with the original image (by tapping the image) to make sure your are in fact improving the image
- Double tap a filter to access the slider to set the amount of filter to apply
- Tilt-shift & Depth of Field