We all know this experience: You grab your cell phone to capture a perfect shot of your family or friends — and spend the next 10 minutes wondering why you just can’t get it right. The good news is, you don’t need fancy equipment or training to take a frame-worthy photo. Here’s how to take better cell phone pictures in four easy steps!
Step 1: Use Simple Backgrounds
One of the easiest ways to take better cell phone photos is to clear the clutter and let your subject shine. Brick walls, green foliage or even a big expanse of sky all make great, simple backgrounds. Not only will you have an easier time keeping your subject as the focus, but you’ll also have greater freedom to play with varying angles and poses.
Step 2: Avoid Direct Sunlight
None of us want another family photo with squinting eyes or shadowy faces. If the sun is too bright, find a shady spot, where the lighting is consistent across the whole scene. If you have time, you can wait for what photographers call “the golden hour,” right before sunset. Or in a pinch, use an umbrella to block the sun’s glare.
Step 3: Mind the Rule of Thirds
Imagine your photo is divided into thirds — both horizontally and vertically — like a tic-tac-toe board. Place the main subject of your photo along those lines or at their intersections. With the subject on a sideline, you can create beautiful negative space. In the center, you create a bold, direct image.
Step 4: Turn Off the Flash
Cell phone flashes aren’t the best quality, and they often leave you with blurry, discolored photos. That’s why you’re better off going without. Use natural or artificial lighting to illuminate your shot instead. You’ll be amazed at what this counterintuitive trick will do for the quality of your cell phone photos.
With these tips in hand, you can take great cell phone photos, worthy of display. Shop our site for creative ways to enjoy your pictures, from wooden photo books to wall art and more!