In 2017 over 4.7 billion people have access to a cell phone. Crazy right?? Thanks Google for that fun fact.👍 Most smart phones also have cameras! So today, I'm giving you Tricks and Tips on how to use your cell phone camera. If you follow me on my Facebook page, we've been learning about those Tricks and Tips but the teacher in me loves to have everything all written down in one place. So make sure to bookmark this blog post and feel free to share with a friend or even Pin it on Pinterest!
Bottom line, keep it in a safe place so you can refer back to it from time to time.😉
Tip 1: Choosing your Exposure
How YOU can select it on your camera phone versus it automatically choosing it for you.
You'll see in the video that it is easy to choose the exposure right on your screen.
When they are quiet and sweet, you take their photo! My large window is to the right of the image and I'm standing above them. Pressed directly down over their faces to choose the exposure on the cell phone camera. Edited this directly in Instagram.
More on that later!
My youngest loves his books!! Every night he reminds me to turn the light on. Couldn't pass up this sweet moment. I chose the lamp as my exposure here. Why?? Because that was my main light source. If I chose his face, the WHOLE room would have light up, which wasn't how it looked in real life.
Tip #2: Editing your photos!
It's only $2.99 but I think it's well worth it. Check out the video on how you can edit your photos in PicTapGo!
taken on iphone 8 plus phone
editing with PictapGo
Color edits are "hand edits" using NO filters! Black & Whites are the Inkwell filters with a few additional edits! Be creative and create your own style right in the Instagram app. And who doesn't love the perfect little square crop!?!? 😍
Tip #3: Portrait Mode
Check out these simple steps to get the best Portrait Mode image on your cell phone.
Tip #4 : Storytelling 📖
but you can take moment to tell your story through your photo.
Pull back from the subject to show more details to the story or choose to focus in on the details of the subject. Your subject can be a person, place, or thing!!
2. Try it in Black & White!!
This can allow the story to be told without all the distractions.
3. Be sneaky!!
Yep, see your kids doing something?? Don’t tell them you’re taking their photo. Then they may smile, pose, or in my case roll their eyes at you! 😉
My little Stormtrooper was insistent on wearing his mask all.day.long. He contently watched YouTube with it on while I did laundry the other day. I took this photo and he didn’t even know! As well, I wanted give the whole story by showing his tiny little self in my big bed. And lastly, I made it black & white to show off that cute little Stormtrooper. 😀 Now I have a photo that tells a story and reminds me of my son's obsession with his big brother's Stormtrooper mask!
My hope for this blog post is that you feel more confident with using your cell phone camera and you have FUN. Feel free to send me an email with any questions or leave me a comment below.
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Kirsten Lee specializes in real estate, maternity, newborns, children, seniors, and family portraits.