Though we can’t currently get out and explore the wonders of the world, this doesn’t mean we can’t capture the beauty that’s just beyond our doorstep. And thanks to the power of smartphones, you don’t even need a fancy DSLR with 5 lenses. Here are five top tips for getting the best snaps using just your mobile and a bit of creativity.
Experiment with a different angle
If you want to achieve a special effect that doesn’t require lots of editing, be more experimental with the angle from which you capture your subject. For example, taking the scene from a low angle, with the grass tall in the foreground, will give you a unique perspective and create contrast, while shooting a flower from above will give you an interesting birds-eye view and could potentially reveal interesting patterns.
Frame your shot to create depth
Even a scene that looks magical to the naked eye may appear lifeless on camera if it’s not framed correctly. Finding a prominent feature in the foreground will help bring depth to your photo and avoid that flat, amateur finish. Look for an interesting tree, a fence or a nice building to create some perspective and you can elevate your shot to professional standards in an instant.
Get closer to your subject to add colour and texture
Most smartphones now have multiple lenses, meaning you likely have a dedicated closeup mode. Even on a great day, you may find that simply zooming in on one detail of a landscape, from moss on a tree trunk to the spiral of and unfurled fern, could reveal the subtle beauty of the everyday. What’s more, it can also help intensify colours and textures.
Play with shadows and reflections
If you want to amplify your surroundings, make the most of both natural and manmade symmetry and shapes. Both water and glass can provide beautiful reflections, while stretched out shadows and silhouettes create a dramatic atmosphere. Water can create an immaculate mirror image on a still day, and with a slight breeze the ripples lead to otherwordly distortions.
Time it right for the best natural light
It’s no secret that lighting is key when it comes to photography. While the wrong conditions can hamper aspiring photographers, natural light is also every camera’s best friend. With a little help from a sunrise or a sunset, you can create impressive effects such as glowing leaves or glimmering dewdrops. You can capture the pinks and oranges of the morning sky or the moon emerging from the clouds. When it comes to mastering light, timing is everything.
Photos: Rosamund Kelby