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!
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.
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
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
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
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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