As summer is now in full swing, many of us are once again enjoying alfresco dinners, staycations, outdoor hikes, and much more. Soon, our phones will be filled with the memories we have created whilst reconnecting with our friends and family, with these being shared on our social media accounts for our followers to connect with.
At PastBook, we turn your social media uploads into high-quality, personalised printed photo books (and more) through innovative technology - in seconds. We do all the hard work, creating hassle-free, professionally printed photo books. All you need to do is follow these essential tips to ensure you get the most out of your camera phone this summer.
Here are a few simple ways to step up your photography game this summer.
Make the most of portrait mode
When capturing objects, pets or people, portrait mode is a must. Creating a depth-of-field effect - which lets you capture photos with a sharp focus on the subject with a blurred background - portrait mode is a failsafe way to effortlessly capture professional-looking images. When using this feature, it is important to note that the further away your subject, the more out of focus your background will be.
Golden hour photography
Lighting will always be the most important element in photography. Without good lighting, a great photograph can be ruined. To guarantee great lighting when shooting outdoors this summer, always use the sun as a light source. My favourite time to shoot is always during golden hour - which is during the last hour of sunlight - as it always creates a beautifully lit photograph.
Shooting in direct sunlight? Do this.
Shooting in harsh sunlight can lead to high contrast images, lens flare and over-saturation. To ensure you'll get a great shot, place your subject's back toward the sun. This not only adds highlights to the back of their hair but also stops any blinking.
Crooked shots be gone
Composition is the way elements in a scene are arranged within the frame. You can activate the compositional grid on your camera phone, which will give you an onscreen guide to centre photos, create symmetry, and balance the image.
If it's moving, use burst mode
Taking a beautiful action shot can often be challenging. Burst mode is perfect for these action shots. When capturing a subject in motion, simply enable 'burst mode' on your camera phone, and you will be able to capture exciting shots with minimal effort.
Unusual angles and perspectives
Typically, we shoot our images at eye level, yet capturing an image from an extraordinary perspective can bring uniqueness to even the most basic images. Why not experiment with a combination of eye-level, high-angle, and low-angle shots this summer.
Shoot with night mode
When shooting summer landscapes at night, activate the 'night mode' feature on your camera phone. This flashless setting allows you to light up the night and capture unique night-time photos.
If you are looking to take a group photo (and include yourself in the image), a self-timer is the perfect tool. Luckily enough, we already have one built into our phones. This great tool can also be used on both the front and back camera of your smartphone.
Try the built-in filters
Why not try out the array of built-in filters on your camera phone. Using these filters, you can create warmer versions of your image, cooler versions, more vivid colours, black-and-white looks, and more.
Don't forget the selfie
A selfie can transport you to the instance your image was captured, making them essential when shooting moments we want to look back on. Whether you are in front of a beautiful sunset or on a countryside walk this summer, why not take a selfie to remember the moment?