Whether you’re looking to take a better selfie with your iPhone or learn what your SLR can capture, we wanted to share our four most used photography tips. As a wedding and fashion photographer, I’m constantly asked, “what kind of camera do you use?”, but the truth is, equipment doesn’t make the photo! A lot of times the best pictures are taken with a camera phone or a basic lens. So don’t let fancy shmancy cameras stop you from taking pictures, you can still capture beautiful images using our basic hacks below:
1. Lighting is everything!
If you’re indoors and working with people, have your subject face a window or a light source (like a lamp) to avoid awkward shadows. If your subject has dark shadows under their eyes, lower the lamp or move your subject to be on the same level as the light. If you’re working outdoors, plan to shoot around sunset or cloudy days. If it’s sunny out and nowhere near sunset, find a fully shaded area. Just like indoors, have the subject face the light to expose everything evenly. If your subject is not a person, lighting is a little easier. As long as you have even lighting on the part you want to capture, you’re golden.
2. Rule of Thirds
If your camera doesn’t automatically do this, imagine a grid like this in the viewfinder:
Place your main subject in one of these boxes. Something about this is pleasing to the eye. It adds interest and makes it easier for our brains to make sense of it.
(This tip only applies to SLR cameras because iPhones adjust their ISO automatically.) A higher shutter speed freezes motion better. If you notice your subject is blurry when there’s movement, bump up your ISO to be able to increase shutter speed.
4. Depth of Field