The best camera is the one you have with you.
With millions of smartphones in millions of pockets it seems that the best camera anyone has now is their phone’s. So everyone must be a photographer, right? Well…
This video is a great piece that culls photos from Instagram to show a story. As creative as the video is, it also shows a lot of clichés out there.
(I had no idea there were so many pictures of feet, or that people thought that was interesting)
Trying to find some phoneography tips about the web, I came across Cotton Coulson. He’s a photographer who works with National Geographic has some great pointers on their site for more artistic iphone photos, but these tips are really platform agnostic.
Here’s a few I like that make for much more engaging pictures.
Keep it simple
Keep compositions simple and look for natural patterns, like this photo of cups. The eye automatically follows what is there.
Pay attention to lighting
Harsh light, like direct sun, washes out a subject, but diffuse light, like that in bright overcast conditions or shade, is ideal. Also anything situation that provides that contrast between light and dark.
Be careful with flash
When shooting portraits of people, use soft light instead of the flash. Especially up close. This avoids that wash out that happens and creates that “Rembrandt look”, as he calls it. It’s cozy and comfortable and natural. And it won’t blind your subject with that flash!
Check out the whole post. He’s got a few different tips and different articles for great pictures using this newly ubiquitous piece of tech.