If you’re anything like me, taking pictures is a daily occurrence in your life. From capturing that gorgeous sunset to snapping adorable pictures of my kids to taking selfies to document a particularly great outfit or makeup day, my phone storage is almost always full because of pictures. Next time you want to take a cute picture of your dog or some cool nature scene you found in Addison, utilize some of the below tips on taking better pictures. Your camera roll (and Instagram followers) will thank you.
- Light, Light, Light
Light is your best friend when it comes to taking high-quality pictures – if you know how to use it to your advantage. If not, it can sabotage even the most well-meaning shot. It’s important that as a photographer, your camera is pointing in the same direction as the light is shining, with your back to the sun. Yes, this means your subjects will be staring into the sun’s glare. But it also means that the brilliant light will perfectly illuminate them. You also want to make sure they aren’t standing under speckled tree leaves or taking pictures in the dark.
- Eye Contact
For kids, this means getting on your knees. For taller adults, finding a step stool. But when you make eye contact with your camera to your subject’s eyes, the pictures are more enchanting – just like making eye contact with people in real life.
- Rule of Thirds
The Rule of Thirds basically says that pictures are more interesting to the eye if a subject isn’t directly center but focused on one-third of the shot. On your phone’s camera settings, you can turn on a grid to help you find that one-third angle. Otherwise, just eyeball it. This will work for everything, from a picture of your favorite statue in Addison to a picture of your dog getting his haircut.
Keeping steady hands is hard normally, and downright impossible when you are also trying to find a good selfie angle. Instead, invest in a tripod! You can buy a phone tripod ($9.99 at Target) that swivels 360 degrees for the best angles. Simply set it up on a flat surface, turn on self-timer and you are good to go!