5 Tips for better Architecture & Real Estate pictures with your phone!

Got a cellphone in your pocket?

Do you like taking pictures of buildings for fun or work?

Here are 5 great tips for better photos.

1. Clean off your lens!

A  quick wipe  is all it takes for  sharper photos!

A quick wipe is all it takes for sharper photos!

Smudgy, blurry, gross!

Smudgy, blurry, gross!

So crisp and so clean, clean!

So crisp and so clean, clean!

We put our hands all over our phones when we use them, especially pulling them out and putting them back away. Chances are if you’re not paying attention, you’ve smudged your fingers across the lens, and this leads to blurry, hazy pictures - especial if you keep your hands moisturized (you should keep your hands moisturized).

So give your lens a quick wipe with a cloth to clean things up and give yourself a nice, sharp photo.

2. Straight lines.

Make sure to hold your camera  straight and parallel  with the the  vertical structures.

Make sure to hold your camera straight and parallel with the the vertical structures.

Angled Down : Oh no! The viewer feels like they  tripped and are falling  over forward.  Not the face!

Angled Down: Oh no! The viewer feels like they tripped and are falling over forward. Not the face!

Angled up : Oh no! The viewer feels like they’re  slipping over backward  on that dastardly banana peel.  Don't hit your head!

Angled up: Oh no! The viewer feels like they’re slipping over backward on that dastardly banana peel. Don't hit your head!

Ah, standing up  straight, true, and plum . It feels  strong, confident, safe .

Ah, standing up straight, true, and plum. It feels strong, confident, safe.

Buildings are designed to stand up straight and strong. So when you’re holding your camera, make sure that you hold your camera parallel to the vertical lines of the structure, rather than angled down or up.

3. Turn on your grid overlay

Tap into your  camera settings  and enable  grids .

Tap into your camera settings and enable grids.

Now you can line up your shots perfectly.

Now you can line up your shots perfectly.

The easiest way to get your verticals right is to turn on your camera’s grid overlay, that way you’ve got both a guide and a subconscious reminder. You can find this in your camera’s app’s options.

4. Shoot "Dead On” - The one-point perspective

Line up your  vertical and horizontal lines  for a  powerful & compelling composition

Line up your vertical and horizontal lines for a powerful & compelling composition

Oh no,  it’s lopsided!

Oh no, it’s lopsided!

Ah, that’s  just right .

Ah, that’s just right.

The most powerful composition is facing straight at the subject, where your verticals go straight up, and your horizontal lines go straight left and right. Again, the grid helps a lot with this.

5. Two hands on deck

Whoa there coffee jitters .  Two hands  are better than  one .

Whoa there coffee jitters. Two hands are better than one.

Do you want shaky, blurry photos ? Because  this  is how you get ‘em.

Do you want shaky, blurry photos? Because this is how you get ‘em.

Strong, stable, sharp . A  good grip  in  two hands  is how you take  the best photos .

Strong, stable, sharp. A good grip in two hands is how you take the best photos.

Do you want shaky, blurry photos ? Because  this  is how you get ‘em.

Do you want shaky, blurry photos? Because this is how you get ‘em.

Strong, stable, sharp . A  good grip  in  two hands  is how you take  the best photos .

Strong, stable, sharp. A good grip in two hands is how you take the best photos.

When you hold your phone with just one hand, chances are that you’ll shake it when you go to press the shutter, and you’ll end up with a blurry picture because the camera is moving as it takes the shot. To avoid this, you want to use a stead grip with both of your hands pressed against the phone so it doesn’t shake a all when you take the photo.

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