I started shooting and editing on my iPhone with vigor in April 2011 when I joined Instagram. Only a mere 5 million people were active on the social network. The platform was new and mostly straight photography with little photo manipulation. Today, there are 500 million active users. How can you make your photos stand out in the crowd?
Here are my top 6 tips:
- Capture your images when the light is just right. The best time to do this is the hour around sunrise and sunset. The light is golden and soft. I have the app Magic Hour which lets me know when that perfect time is anywhere I am in the world.
- Get a powerful editing app for fine tuning during post processing. I wrote a blog tutorial on my favorite app to use here.
- Tell a story with your photographs. When shooting an image, concentrate on the composition before pressing the shutter button. You want the viewer to be able to emotionally connect in a way that makes them curious enough to take a second look.
- Shoot from different camera angles. Instead of always taking the photo from eye level, mix it up. Get down low on the ground, stand on something for an overhead view, use a tripod like Joby for iPhone to have more freedom by mounting it on nearby objects.
- Take a lot of photos! When I was on assignment in Hawaii with Nat Geo WILD, I asked cinematographer Paul Atkins his number one tip for taking a great photograph. His response? “Take a ton of photos and only show your best ones.”
- Buy some lenses for your mobile device. I use the Olloclip macro, wide angle, and telephoto lenses frequently. They allow more creative options for shooting.
Leave a comment with your best mobile photography tip!