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12 Tips to Better Smartphone Photography

Moving into 2022, smartphone photography is increasingly becoming more popular for small business owners, bloggers, creatives, photographers and even consumers. This is due to the ease of access and efficiency from start to finish! With so many editing capabilities, photo apps and social media platforms to share on, it is easily accessible for all users. Many smartphones now have cameras with high quality cameras, which gives you the ability to snap your images anywhere at anytime. These tips are useful for both Android and iPhone platforms.

IDENTIFY YOUR SUBJECT

Before you begin shooting, make sure you are aware of what exactly you are wanting to capture. Sometimes, photos happen on the fly, others are strategically planned. Be sure to keep your main object in focus and clearly displayed.

COMPOSITION 101

Learning composition is essential to any level of photographic expertise. The method in which you arrange your photo will result in the impact of your frame. Learn the basics of composition and experiment until you know what suits your brand best! What works for some will not always work for other brands.

SIMPLICITY IS KEY

Don’t overthink your photo, sometimes less IS truly more. Creatives around the globe will remind you that white space = good space, though our consumer brains don’t always agree with that. The use of negative space and minimalist details can allow your brain to hone in on the specific details you have included and will make a quicker response to your message without complicating it.

USE AVAILABLE LIGHT

Lighting can be tricky when shooting on the scene, so having an off-camera flash or shooting at the “golden hour” can be ideal! If these aren’t options, utilize the lighting that is already available in the setting you are shooting. Available light can include natural lighting, artificial lighting or the perfect combination of both. Play with shadows and have fun while you create! It is equally important to continue to do research on lighting.

DON’T ZOOM

When using your smartphone, resist the urge to pinch in and zoom in on the image- the quality of your end image takes a big hit and the resolution suffers when zooming. Take a step or two IN after taking your first shot and allow yourself to have a different range for your focal length. Most smartphones have the capability of utilizing clip-on lenses, which can be helpful in this case, too!

UTILIZE PROPS

Props are a great way to include your personality into your photoshoots and they also add to styled shoots. Be sure to pay attention to your surroundings and look for things like: outlets, cords, animals doing silly things in the background, antennas poking out, etc. Utilizing props can look like a color-coordinated photoshoot or all-one-subject. They are a great way to fuel your creative brain!

EXPERIMENT WITH SETTINGS

Don’t just live in auto! Most smartphones have an advanced tab that allows you to manipulate the starting point for your photos. If your phone doesn’t come with this, don’t worry- there are tons available for FREE in the app stores.

USE A TRIPOD

I cannot stress this enough: USE THE TRIPOD. They are essential for long-exposure shots and when doing flat lays, so you aren’t hunched over throughout all of your set changes. They also completely remove shutter shake from the list of things that can go wrong in a photo shoot. USE. THE. TRIPOD.

USE PRESETS

Find your style and save it. Take a screen shot of the settings used on your most-clicked images. These are the images that convert! Using the same style in your photos will help emphasize your brand and image, which is important in developing your business. You can download free presets and filters for multiple editing platforms, or you can grab mine for lightroom here.

BACKUP YOUR PHOTOS

As most of us know, smartphones can be corrupted, crash, get damaged, or worse- lost, and in an instant, our hard work is GONE. Backing up to cloud and hard drive locations, frequently, will ensure that your photos are safe and sound when you get back up and running. Most of the time, you can utilize your backups from multiple platforms and access from varying locations!

BOOK A COACHING SESSION

Shameless plug. My name is Emily and I’m a professional portrait photographer. I have owned my business for over 10 years and would LOVE to chat with you about how to better your product photos or take on the task for you, if this seems overwhelming! If you’ve got your photos and are ready for the next step, give me a call and we can build your plan to success!

I hope that this was helpful to you as you dig into taking better smartphone photography your small business. Until next time,

Emily

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Q&A

1. How would you describe your photography style?
I have a photojournalistic style of shooting and a classic look. This means that I will follow you throughout your big day to capture all of the little details that you worked endlessly to perfect. It allows me to capture the small moments, the personal ad intimate glances, as well as the most exciting, dramatic parts of the day! I strive to capture a timeless look, so that you and your new spouse will be able to treasure your collection for years to come. I was taught on film and combine that knowledge with the ways that I have learned digital photography over the years, to ensure that you receive the best memories from your day.

2. Can I see the proofs for a full wedding you have shot? 
Certainly! Check out www.ewp.pixieset.com and login to the client area to view my most recent collections.

3. What kinds of photo edits/post-production work do you include as part of your service?
The images in my portfolio and on my website will give you a good idea of what our editing looks like.

4. How long after the wedding can I expect to see my proofs?
Your entire gallery is guaranteed to be delivered in 6 weeks or less, post wedding. I strive to deliver my images promptly, since I know how excited you will be to see your day in review! I try my hardest to post sneak peaks via social media within 72 hours.

5. Could you explain exactly what is included in your package(s), and can we customize one to fit our needs?
Of course! Each one of my packages is custom built to meet your needs. Each package is based on hours of coverage + location, so we will work together to find what is best for your special day.

6. How much would it be for additional hours of coverage if things run late or if our plans change?
I charge $125/hour for additional hours of coverage.

8. Do your packages include a second photographer?
A second photographer can be added for $100/hour.

9. Can I see a contract?
Yes! I’ll be happy to show you what my standard contract looks like, and you will be able to thoroughly review your own specific contract before you sign or pay.

10. What is your policy if you become injured or ill and can’t photograph the wedding?
There are two possibilities in this situation, both of which are explained in my contract. The first is that I will make every effort to find a suitable replacement. I have a wide acquaintance with the talented and dedicated photography community in my area, and I am confident that I could find a replacement who would do an excellent job. The second option is: if you don’t wish me to find a replacement, I will refund your payment so that you can make alternate arrangements.

What other questions do you have? Feel free to leave comments below and I will do my best to respond to each one!