Start Taking Better Pictures With Your Phone
We all have seen them, we all follow them, and chances are, we all take them. The days of carrying bulky cameras or pocket sized digi-point and shoots are going the way of the Dodo. The way of the future, for most of the country and world seems to be the cell-phone picture, and for good or ill, it appears here to stay. We all love our instagram, until they say they can use our pictures, we crave our flickr accounts and the majority of us look at pictures posted to Facebook, which are rarely high quality.
While High quality images are still available, the world is documenting life in a way never even dreamed about, through our phones. I love this, I want images from all over always updated, but I want those images to be good. Whether you have an iPhone or an Android, we have a few tips and programs for you!
We also give lessons!! Link: http://exotichikes.com/photography/
Tip 1: Make your shot original. ( Like this: http://exotichikes.com/the-only-cell-phone-pic-of-venus-in-transit-over-the-sun/)
Image that everyone has already seen what you are looking at. Think of ways to be creative and unique and snap the picture. Reflections, other angles and even through objects allow pictures to truly capture the feeling of the scene.
Tip 2: Learn your phone’s camera.
Many cameras in phones are better than stand-alone digital cameras from 10 years ago. Your phone can do some amazing things, so search online for tips and settings that may make an average picture become incredible.
Tip 3: Get Apps
Your camera might take great pictures, but adding apps can seriously increase the level of photography that you are capable of. You can even get photoshop on your phone, so be creative! Use all the apps, constantly upload
Tip 4: Take too many pictures.
Too often I see people on hikes using camera phones, which is pretty rad. If we have service on the trail, which on the Olympic Peninsula is about as rare as a 100 degree day in Alaska, being able to post pictures to your website or social media venues is amazing. However, don’t just take one and call it a day. Since these pictures can be deleted, take hundreds of pictures on each journey. You never know which one may become your favorite. By taking tons of pictures, you can be sure to really capture what you intended.
Tip 5: Panorama everything.
Right now, most phones offer a panorama app, if it isn’t already included in your phone. Use this. Especially in nature shots, use this app. While it might not be huge, capturing the world in a panorama is the closest thing to your actual eyes we have. Plus, these make for stunning, unique and eye pleasing pictures of your world.
Tip 6: Label Images Correctly
If you have great pictures, take an extra minute and put some detail about your picture wherever you post it. Nothing is worse than seeing an amazing picture and having no clue where it is. Pretend that people all around the world are going to see it, so represent the location like it is your one true love.
While I still rock a heavy duty Canon Rebel out on my hikes, some of the best pictures are ones I have taken with my phone. Light, always on me and able to be uploaded quickly, using my camera for images is sometimes the best thing ever. Sure, the quality isn’t as great, and the options are limited, but since we already have a good phone, we might as well get the most bang for our buck.
For Nature and Animal Photography Tours around the Olympic Peninsula:
Exotic Hikes: @Exotichikes on Twitter