My Iphone is easily my favorite camera for a number of reasons. The main one being that I always have it with me!
Being a good photographer is about capturing the moment, telling stories and translating emotions. The tools you pick to do that matter much less than your creative process.
In fact, the worse the tool (within reason of course) the better. Why? Because it forces you to get creative and to focus on the essential: composition and light.
Yes definition/sharpness will be crap. Yes there will be tons of noise on most pictures. So what?
I believe that everyone can benefit from owning a good camera. A DSLR with a good lens if budget allows. But a good photo is a good photo, regardless of the gear you use to take it. Camera phones have their strengths and their weaknesses, but by emphasizing the good and downplaying the bad, one can create magic with them!
Here are some tips that may help you do just that:
- Good light is the most important thing in photography. When using a phone camera, it is even more important. Essential! Numero uno!!
- To ensure people don’t focus their attention on the lack of sharpness and overall “quality”, you have to blow their mind with a good story. Here, composition is EVERYTHING! MOOD is the word! I took the photo below of my grandnephews and was about to delete it (just too blurry I thought). My Sister in law saw it and got it framed. It became the most passed along and framed picture in our family in 2014. I think everyone has a copy. TAKE THATstupid 4000€ DSLR!
- Pay more attention to textures and your rule of thirds. Go watch this video: Rule of thirds vs Golden Ratio
- Edit first. Filter second. I use Snapseed for editing. Believe me when I tell you that I’ve tried them ALL and Snapped remains my absolute favorite for its ease of use and overall quality and stability. Then, since most of my phone photos are made specifically to share on Instagram, I only use Instagram filters.
- Try not to add fake blur. You can almost always tell that it is fake. If you want to play with shallow depths of field, use a proper camera and a low f-stop. It kind of works sometimes like (I think) in the picture below, but it must be lightly applied.
- Never, ever use the flash. If you do, then use the shot as an extreme creative project and go wild with the filters, flares etc…
- Avoid using the zoom at all costs. It is better to crop later if you really have to.
- Experiment. Have fun. Mess up. Set challenges for yourself. Leave your comfort zone behind… That’s what being an artist is all about!
Here are some of my Instagram pictures. ALL of them taken with my Iphone: