How to get good shots on a smartphone: Journey photography tips

How to get good shots on a smartphone: Journey photography tips

Scott Howes shares his best recommendations for taking photographs on a cell phone although travelling. Photo / Scott Howes

No matter if you are paying out the summer time in Europe or embracing a South Island ski season, capturing photos is the final way to build memories and share your travels with beloved ones.

Many thanks to the at any time-improving excellent of smartphone cameras, you never have to commit 1000’s on a DSLR camera to choose stunningly detailed pictures and high-definition videos.

Nevertheless, there are a number of guidelines and methods to know if you want your vacation snaps to stand out. Herald Vacation asks talented photographer and articles creator Scott Howes to share his five major ideas for nailing ‘the shot’ on a smartphone digicam.

Hailing from London, Scott Howes has lived and worked as a commercial photographer in New Zealand for several years. Photo / Scott Howes
Hailing from London, Scott Howes has lived and worked as a industrial photographer in New Zealand for numerous many years. Photograph / Scott Howes

1. Use grids and guides


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I would generally suggest men and women switch on the grids and guides and stage on their camera phone, it is game-altering.

Most phones have the possibility to increase a grid, which basically puts two lines down the center and two traces across your display screen. This helps you adhere to a well-known rule in images termed the ‘rule of thirds’.

I use the grids feature each and every day on my cell phone and on my real cameras and it usually means you can line up the subject or the frame that you’re seeking to shoot, and area them in 1 of the ‘thirds’, which would make it additional aesthetically satisfying.

Most smartphones also have a level in them, to save you from taking wonky shots and movies.


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2. Choose time and choose it appropriate

Travel can be crazy and super rapidly-paced and it’s easy to get enthusiastic and just snap away. It’s only when you get property to edit or evaluation the images you may realise you are not joyful with them.

So, despite acquiring taken photos professionally for several years, I however typically just take a action back again and pause in advance of taking the shot, since if you get it correct ‘in camera’ it will save you so much function editing later on on.

Howes recently travelled around Japan and took many photographs on an Oppo phone. Photo / Scott Howes
Howes just lately travelled all over Japan and took many images on an Oppo mobile phone. Photograph / Scott Howes

3. Feel in another way

I imagine one particular of the keys of images is not to just place and shoot. Maybe analysis your place beforehand and come across unique destinations to photograph or a way to capture a preferred place otherwise. For instance, every person who goes to Roys Peak will take that very same typical shot seeking down the viewpoint but there are infinite possibilities for unique shots it just normally takes some time to locate them.

4. Do not fail to remember the gentle

The time of working day is key for the reason that the lights is what tends to make a photograph. For me personally, dawn and sunset are the finest situations of working day to shoot. The sunlight isn’t as high in the sky so you don’t get harsh gentle, it is softer and makes nicer shadows also.

I’ll admit, acquiring up at 4am for a dawn shot is not for everyone, some folks go on vacation just to chill. Possibly way, lights is worth considering about when you choose a photograph and heading a little earlier or later in the day can enable you skip crowds at popular sights.

Howes said Chureito Pagoda, in Fujiyoshida, was an iconic 'tourist shot' many people take while visiting. Photo / Scott Howes
Howes said Chureito Pagoda, in Fujiyoshida, was an legendary ‘tourist shot’ lots of individuals get even though traveling to. Image / Scott Howes

5. Test shooting in Uncooked

Usually, you can allow the smartphone decide on the digital camera settings for you. But if you want to acquire your images a phase even further, you can shoot in Raw if your mobile phone digicam has a ‘pro mode’. This is how we shoot on a DSLR camera and the impression is minimally processed, which gives you much more liberty when enhancing your pics in an app like Lightroom.


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