| Hayley Tsukayama |
There’s a bite in the air, and that calls up thoughts of changing fall colours, pretty pumpkins and beautiful coats as the weather turns cold.
But while autumn affords lots of opportunities to take some stunning shots, it can also be frustrating when your phone camera isn’t capturing the gorgeousness you’re seeing in front of you.
Here are two quick tips to better fall smartphone photos:
- Learn how your phone deals with colour:
Colour is, of course, one of the most visually exciting things about autumn.
But phone cameras don’t always like all those colours, and can often wash out vibrant reds, oranges and yellows – exactly what you don’t want in fall photos.
In this case, remember that software is your friend.
Companies have been steadily adding more sophisticated camera options — Apple, for example, added saturation and light control options to its standard camera app in iOS 8 — so that you can more easily adjust the pictures to fit what you’re seeing rather than what’s come through the lens.
And if you can’t find what you need in the standard app, consider adding a photo app such as VSCO Cam, that gives you more editing options.
- Play with light:
Fall is a great time not only for colour, but also for light and shadow as we head toward winter.
While there are some rules you’ll want to follow for standard snapshots — faces you want to show up in shots, for example, should always be front-lit if you can avoid squinting — there are a lot of more artful shots you can take by playing around with shadows, or light shining through leaves.
The beauty of a phone camera is that you’re not limited by film exposures, only the phone’s storage capacity.
So snap away; just don’t forget to delete the rejects. (WP-BLOOM)