How to take better home photos with your smart phone
Your Phone spends a lot of time in your pocket, a bag or in your hand, and as a result it will get dirty. Dirt, dust, grease and fingerprints on your lens will have a big effect on the quality of your photos.
There’s no point trying to take great photos if the glass of the lens is dirty. It will block light from entering the camera’s sensor and will leave smudges, blurs or dust spots on your images. A clean lens will ensure you get sharp, clear images with your iPhone.
You should clean the lens each time you take it out to take a photo. Use a soft lens cloth when doing this as any abrasive cleaners will scratch the glass over the lens and this will result in poorer image quality.
The most important thing to look out for when taking a photo is to make sure that your subject is in sharp focus. To set the focus on the SmartPhone camera you simply tap the screen where your subject is in the frame. If you’re using an iPhone, a small yellow square will appear to confirm the focus point.
If your subject is moving around, make sure you tap the screen just before you take the shot to ensure that they are in focus.
The majority of Smart Phone photos are shot from the chest height of an adult because that’s the most convenient way to take a photo, but it’s not necessarily the best way. You can easily improve your photos by finding a more interesting angle, and often the best way to do that is to simply shoot from a lower perspective.
Shooting from a low angle makes people and other subjects more interesting simply because we’re not used to looking at them from that perspective.
Another benefit of taking photos from a low angle is that you can show interesting details in the foreground that would be lost otherwise. Get down on your knees if you have to as this simple trick can really make a huge difference!
Also, please DO NOT tilt your phone while taking photos of your home. This will distort your photos and makes it less attractive. Keep your phone as level as possible while taking those shots. You will see the difference!
When you tap on the subject to focus on them, the camera will also use the focus point to set the exposure in the shot. Exposure simply refers to how bright or dark the image is.
Allowing the camera to set exposure on the focus point isn’t always ideal.
If you’re using an iPhone, when you set the focus by tapping the screen, a small sun icon appears on the side of the focus square. On the sun icon, simply swipe up or down on the screen to adjust the exposure slider.
Swiping up will brighten the overall image, and swiping down will darken it. When you’re happy with the exposure/brightness of the image, release your finger from the screen. This manual exposure slider allows for much greater control over the look of the final image.
Most Smart Phones now have a zoom function, which you can access by pinching or stretching two fingers on the screen.
Unfortunately this is a digital zoom and not an optical zoom, which results in a noticeable loss in image quality the more you zoom in.
If you want to take a photo of a far away subject, just walk closer instead and use the camera as normal without any zoom. You’ll end up with a far better quality shot!
The rule of thirds is one of the most useful composition techniques in photography. It’s an important concept to learn as it can be used in all types of photography to produce images which are more engaging and better balanced.
You should try and put your subject in line with one of the vertical lines. If there is a horizon in your photo, it should be in line with one of the horizontal lines. The idea behind the rule of thirds is that the off-centre composition makes for a more interesting shot.
On the iPhone you can place a grid over the screen which will help you when you’re trying to compose a shot. To display the grid, go into Settings, Photos & Camera, then turn the Grid on.
It’s very useful for iPhone users to leave the grid on as it will help train your eye.
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There are certain situations where the standard camera just won’t do justice to the scene you’re trying to capture. For example, you might want to take a shot of your entire living room, but can’t fit everything in the frame. This is where you should use panorama mode.
You can access panorama mode by swiping left on the camera screen until you see Pano selected. You then hold the camera upright (in portrait orientation) pointing at the left hand side of the scene you wish to capture.
Now tap the shutter button and pan the camera slowly to the right to capture the full scene. When you reach the end just tap the shutter button to stop the capture.
Pano mode uses the iPhone’s built in motion sensor. When panning across the scene, try to keep the point of the arrow on the yellow line, tilting the camera any time the arrow moves off the line. Panning slowly will ensure you get a better image.
When taking photos of your home interior, lighting is important. Use natural light and allow as much in as possible. DO NOT USE THE FLASH. Needless to say, daytime shots are preferred. Colors will stay true, and your picture won't have as much of that yellowish tinge.
Ideally, you'll be able to compose your shots around the light. Avoid areas that are very dark or bright. It is also a good idea to mix natural light with artificial light, which tends to give a softer hue to the photo.
All the best in taking fabulous shots of your home for your listing!
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