Tips and great ideas for phone photography
By Vasi Siedman, award winning pet photographer
Do you like to take photos or videos with your phone of your fur baby? My name is Vasi and I am a professional award winning pet photographer from sunny Florida, USA and founder of Petpix World. In this article I’ll share some valuable tips and great ideas for phone photography.
The most often question I hear is, “I don’t have a professional camera. My photos can’t look like yours, Vasi.” Well, the truth is, If we learn a few basic tips, we can utilize our second-best friend, our phone, and capture stunning photos and videos of our 4-legged family member.
Of course, there are benefits to using camera! You can have better results taking images in evening and print size images for the wall. I have a joke; “ I use my camera when I do portraits in my carrier but in reality, I can take the same images with my phone. I teach this more in depth in my online virtual classes in petpixworld.com.
Cell phones are fantastic! It doesn’t matter if you have an IPhone or android. I will focus on teaching you the principals, like I love to say to my students from all around the world and any age group.
Where do we start?
- As silly as it sounds wipe the front and back phone’s camera with sunglasses cloth.
- Check the brightness of your screen. A lot of times our phone’s display is very dark or bright. The color changes if your device is on a night mode or lighting in the room. Privacy display protectors make the phone screen darker.
- Come up with an idea on where and when you are planning to take photos.
- What is the final output of your photos or videos? For example, you will post some of them in Facebook ( landscape image would look nicer), IG ( square ), YouTube (landscape) or reels(vertices). I personally would encourage you to do vertical and horizontal as well. This way you have a variety to choose from . I want to suggest that you take a few photos and then to try to change your angle and the rotation of your device.
- After you are done with the “photo session”; try to select your favorites. I like to tell my clients, it is not about the quantity… it is about the quality, in reality you need ONLY A FEW nice photos and videos. Pick your favorite portions and then try to review them a couple of more times. You will be surprised how liberating it is not to have a hundred thousand pics from the same set. Lol
I hope you learned or got inspired by some of my tips. I hope you gain more confidence in knowing that you can take incredible phone photos and you don’t need a big fancy camera! Believe me , I can probably write a whole book with recommendations and valuable insights.
I hope you enjoy this article!
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