February 7, 2020

Taking better photos with your smart phone


Good Afternoon Guys!

Not sure if anyone read my post about why printing photos is so important. If you didn't I'll give you a little information. These were the most important parts of the creative live blog by Michelle Libby.

" Life is precious and fleeting. Memories that matter and bring us joy, need to be brought to life. So what happens when we grow up in a society of picture takers but not photo printers? We get a disconnect. Photo printing brings those moments back into our lives and they are tangible and easily accessible. They are shared when printed. They give children a sense of security and belonging when the photos are displayed throughout their own home." - Michelle Libby

"So what happens when we don’t print? Well, we make it difficult for children to enjoy the memories that make up their small world. Here is a glimpse at children trying to get access to their favorite photos. It’s kind of a mess, with batteries not working, passwords needed and hundreds of photos to scroll through on the phone. Lots of time, a parent needs to step in to help out." - Michelle Libby

I want to help you all by taking better photos with your smart phones or your camera. Here are some useful tips to taking better photos, that will be print worthy! I did a poll and it looked like a lot of my followers use iPhone, I use android. I am sure a lot of the settings are the same.

  1. Make sure there is always a good light source, the best light source can be the sun try to avoid taking photos from 11-1 if you are outside. The sun sits directly above at those hours making it impossible to put the sun to our back. If you can't just find a nice shaded spot. If you are taking photos inside try it near a window with faces toward the window. Cloudy days are best for outdoor photos.
  2. If you want to capture a nice focused photo of a subject consider using your phones "live focus" on android or "portrait" mode on iPhone, which allows you to add a background blur. You can play with the slider just try to keep your subject into focus by holding the phone still. If you are using your camera at home, that has different modes use the aperture priority mode. This mode will manipulate settings to try and make the subject the main focus of the shot. All the photos below are using "live focus" or "portrait" mode and the indoor photo was taken with her facing the light.
Kayla Mae Fine Art Photography Children's photographer Fayetteville New York
Kayla Mae Fine Art Photography Children's photographer Fayetteville New York
Kayla Mae Fine Art Photography Children's photographer Fayetteville New York
Kayla Mae Fine Art Photography Children's photographer Fayetteville New York

3.Avoid zooming in! When you take a photo from a distance, it's tempting to zoom in on something specific you're trying to capture. But it's actually better not to zoom in -- doing so can make the photo appear grainy, blurry, or pix-elated. Instead, try to get closer to your subject.

4.Set the exposure on your phone. Tapping your screen when your phone's camera is on doesn't refocus the lens on a new subject it also auto adjusts how much light the camera lets in. This sometimes fails at doing it correctly. Adjust that baby by hand! Open your camera app and tap the screen. You'll see a very small sun icon and a vertical scale, slowly swipe it either way to adjust the light level.

5.Get creative, use reflections etc. Photography creativity is literally endless.

6.Best tip of all, make them laugh! Usually the most memorable photos are the ones that make us laugh.

STOP AND TAKE THAT PHOTO! Below are photos shot with my android phone using the above methods! Play around with it. Post on my Facebook share a photo you have taken with your phone.