The other day someone reminded me that many people only use their phones to take photos. Although I primarily use my DSLR, I do use my phone as well, so I searched for tips on how to get great images.
This video, produced by Mango Street Labs, focuses on 10 tips to improve your results, including good composition, shooting with purpose, and nailing your focus. Take a few minutes and watch this video to see all of them. It is worth it!
The first tip, minding your horizons, is very important. I learned this lesson on my first photography workshop when I shared a photo with crooked horizon. The instructor, who called that out, was right. Now when I look at people's photos with a crooked horizon I cringe. There are so many ways to straighten it on your phone. Here is the photo I took on my Mount Rainier trip with the horizon straighten.
Nailing your focus is also a good tip. As a friend of mine says, when taking a photo of a person or animal, if you don't get the eyes in focus you didn't get the shot.
I strongly believe in processing photos once they are out of my camera to achieve the image that I saw when I took it. That is also true of smartphone photos. There are so many apps available to help you take your fun phone shots to the next level. I came across this video tutorial by David Cogen of TheUnlockr that focuses on the six best photo editing apps. I loved it, and hopefully you will as well.
I start with Snapseed to edit my iPhone photos then go to other apps to create the image I want. These two images are good examples. I look forward to experimenting with VSCO.
And if you want to really experiment, here is a video that will give you seven fun photography tricks to try on your phone.
I tried the macro tip with water with some success. I look forward to playing with some of the other ideas.