We’ve all been there, scrolling through our Insta feed when we spot a snap of the exact destination we last holidayed at, except this travel blogger has made it look photographer-flawless, and we took home some tourist-cluttered photo souvenirs, that are destined to see out their days on our camera roll.
But that should no longer be the case! Most of us are walking around with at least a 12-megapixel camera in our pocket, so there is no excuse to be snapping sub-par snaps in this day and age. So we turned to mega iPhone photographer, Yousef AlSudais (instagram.com/jo0sef), who uses an iPhone 7 Plus, for a few handy hints and tips, to make us all little better when it comes to a point and shoot…
Take advantage of gridlines
This has to be one of the easiest ways to up your photo game. Most mobile phones have this feature, so make sure it’s turned on and then you can apply photography’s rule of thirds, which dictates that a good image can be broken into three, both vertically and horizontally. Fill all nine sections of the grid to create a more naturally balanced image.
Stay away from the zoom
If you have a particular point of interest that you want to focus on it’s very tempting to hit the zoom to make the most of it in an image. However, this tends to compromise quality, and often leads to an out-of-focus, pixelated picture. Instead, take the full image from a distance and then crop it later on. That way you can still hone in on your subject while maintaining quality.
Make the most of natural light
Using the flash is rarely flattering when it’s a human subject, and if you’re photographing a landscape, it compromises all of the natural shadows and silhouettes. Instead, try and maximise natural light to take the most striking images. If you still think they’re a little dark, you can play around with the exposure or add some light later on in the editing stage, which can also be done on your phone. Just don’t add too much, or it may become grainy.
Follow leading lines
When you’re looking at a scene that you want to photograph, try and find leading lines. These are the lines that lead your eyes to a particular point, be it a pier, the curve of a building or the side of a vehicle. The eye naturally follows them, so that will highlight or naturally frame elements in your image, while looking like you have taken the photograph with purpose.
Take time To Reflect
Some of the most striking images are those taken with a reflection. It duplicates the subject, instantly doubling its impact, whether it’s through a mirror, a reflective building or a body of water.
This will take a little time to master – and if you’re working with puddles, may involve you getting a little dirty! – but it will be so worth it when you take the perfect shot of a still scene, reflected in a still body of water.