Smartphone photography Part 2

The wait is over! Welcome to our second and final prt of Smartphone photography tips and tricks. Lets dive right in!

4. Find an interesting moment

Say you’re at a beautiful location, the light is gorgeous and everything is ripe for a great photo. But nothing’s happening. It’s like looking through your Instagram or Facebook feed: there are hundreds of sunset photos with nothing but just sunsets. That’s it.

Instead, find something to complement the scene if you can. Maybe it’s just someone walking by. Wait until the shape of the walking person balances the photo and is at peak action, then snap away.

Sometimes, there are no moments. Nothing is happening. There’s no one around, and it’s just a pretty scene. It won’t hurt to take the photo. Do that and keep it for yourself or share it with close people and tell a story along with it.

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But if you really want to get the good stuff, find a good moment. Maybe it’s people peacefully relaxing in the park – sleeping, eating, chatting, reading. Or maybe it’s a quarrel on the street (just be safe). Keep your eyes open for movement and always try to find some way to balance the photo compositionally.

Without moments, you’re probably just shooting still life most of the time. It’s too easy, and we can all agree that there are more than enough food photos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram these days.

5. Work the scene

What does it mean when a photographer tells you to work the scene? It means almost that – work it! Don’t just stand there, compose and snap one photo and move along. Maybe a better shot will come along in a minute, or in five minutes.

Or perhaps you’d get a better photo of your subject by standing closer, or further away. Maybe the photo would look better from a lower angle, or a higher one. Or you can compose the same scene in a different way, or three different ways.

Taking a good photo means giving it some thought. Otherwise you’re just taking snapshots, and unless you get really lucky, your chances of getting a good photo that way are slim.

Don’t be afraid to take many photos. You can always delete them later, and you have plenty of memory on your smartphone. When you see something that really catches your eye, work that scene. And if there is a moment about to happen, shoot through it. That means keep shooting photos until the moment is over, then pick the best one.

In fact, smartphones like the HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5S have excellent burst modes that can capture photos as fast as 10 frames per second. Use it!

6. Don’t stop shooting

You can’t expect to practice the piano once a week and play a Chopin Etude by the end of the year. At least, most of us wouldn’t be able to do that. And you can’t expect the same from photography.

If you only take photos once in a blue moon, it’s going to take you a very long time before you can start taking photos that impress your friends.

Try shooting a little every day. If you’re lacking inspiration some days, shoot anyway. Shoot what’s in front of you, even if it could end up being another dreaded food photo. Why not try to make it look more interesting than the clichéd straight-down-from-the-top photo that has become the norm these days? Find a better angle, shoot it macro, just make it interesting.
And that’s what you’ll end up doing most of the time. Unless you’re out on the hunt for perfect light, interesting settings and great moments, you’re going to be forced to turn mundane, everyday objects and scenes into something interesting.

If you can make your friends and family say, “Wow, I’ve never seen it that way before,” then you’re doing something right. You’re being creative, rather than just a passive observer documenting what he or she sees without second thought.

That’s it! Now go out there and impress us all.