Before you start editing your photos, you want to make sure that you take them in such a way that will make your editing better. The main thing you need to keep in mind in phone photography is lighting.
Whether you use an iPhone or Android, you will still need to get your photos well lit or it will highly reduce your photo quality. The truth is that terribly photos can’t really be fixed even with the best presets. Your photos will simply have too much noise. However, professional presets can most definitely get rid of yellow light or make your photos POP.
What is the Best Lighting for Mobile Photography?
Once you find out what kind of impact light has on your photography quality, you get obsessed with finding the right light. Not only do your photos look more beautiful, they are easier to edit, but also, you can get more creative.
The safest choice is most definitely the golden hour. It occurs shortly before sunset. Any model placed in front of such lighting will look stunning. So you most definitely want to take advantage of that.
However, sometimes you simply can’t wait for the golden hour. Especially because some days it’s too cloudy. That’s when natural lighting plays its part. Just take a selfie in front of the window and in the bathroom. There will be a huge difference. Depending on the lighting in your bathroom, you might get the unwanted yellow effect, dark circles under your eyes and weird shadows on your face.
Forget the Flash
The flash is always a bad idea. The only time you should use your mobile flash is at night when you know that there isn’t a better way to take a photo. In other words, use flash only if there aren’t any other available options.
Check out what kinds of lights you have at home and experiment. It is most definitely more challenging to achieve great quality photos this way. However, it is a lot of fun and you can even surprise yourself. Sometimes a small accent is enough. For example, you could place your subject in front of a window full of natural light and have a little lamp behind your model.
Photography is all about learning about the rules and then breaking them to create impactful images.
Shoot Your Photos in RAW
Some people don’t even know that their phone has that option. RAW allows the presets to do their magic in the best way possible. Now, don’t get me wrong, Lightroom presets will still work if you take photos in JPEG. I am just saying that they would work better in RAW.
RAW images are not processed yet and therefore are not ready to be printed. That’s why you can change their colors, light, clarity, and many other settings more easily.
Use Your Back Camera
It’s very tempting to use your front camera. I have done that myself a million times. However, your back camera is simply more powerful.
Also, it is really not that difficult to set it up. You don’t even need a tripod, just get your water bottle or any other object and place your phone next to it. The most comfortable thing is definitely a tripod but you can get creative.
One more thing that is very simple and worthy to mention is to clean your lens. You might not even notice in your photos but it’s worth a try because that could create even sharper images for you.
Try Different Posing
I know I’ve just said that you should use your back camera, but you might want to switch to your front one for this. The best way to learn how to pose is to pose.
The truth is that your first five or even ten poses will be just something that you are used to. You can make it a lot more creative by doing those ten poses and not stopping at that. Try to do something you haven’t done before.
You can take a look at Instagram and copy other models poses that you like. You can simply sit down on the ground. Or you can also just think of what else you could possibly do. A lot of times your poses look more natural when you interact with your surroundings. For example, sit on a bed, lay back on a wall or even fix your accessories.