Take Next-Level Photos with your Smartphone

According to Statista.com, there are more than six billion smartphone users worldwide and expected to only grow within the next few years. If you were to ask these six billion users what their favorite thing to do on their phone is, most assuredly they would answer taking photos. We see people taking photos of their food, their pets, their babies, and of course themselves. Photo heavy networks like Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, and Flickr are all the rage as they continuously grow in numbers.  

There’s no denying that smartphone photography has become a thing in the last few years. Apple’s latest ads have tapped into this and seem to target aspiring photographers by showcasing photography taken by iPhones on billboards along the highway. This seems to encourage all types of photographers to go out, get an expensive iPhone, and take stunning photos they can post on Instagram in hopes of growing their audiences, but where do you start? How can you make your photos stand out from the crowds on Instagram? Here are three great tips to help take your game to the next level.

  1. Explore Your Style

Before you start taking photos of just anything, find your identity. Expert Photography lays out about 12 different themes for you to choose from which include lifestyle photography (most common), portraiture, travel, fashion, landscape, architecture and more. Treat photography as an art, find your style, and start making it unique.  

Choose your theme, for example, this is for a cat’s Instagram page so the style is portraiture. (Photo Credit: Gina Castillo)
  1. Change your Perspective

Once way to change things up is to get up close and personal with your subject. There are many accessories on the market that you can clip to your phone like macro lenses or fisheye lenses to take photos. The folks over at Digital Photography School have published a “Guide to Breathtaking Macro Photos” full of tips and tricks so you can take your photos to the next level.

Get up close and personal with your subject. When shooting pets, catch them when they are still so you can get really close. 😉 (Photo Credit: Gina Castillo)
  1. Get Experimental

One thing you can do to change things up is to get experimental. Try different angles or lighting. Apps such as Glitchr and Mirror Labs have filters that add cool effects to your photos. Think outside the box, and don’t be afraid to get creative with your photos. After all, photography is an art.

The lighting and angle of this photo make it interesting to the viewer. (Photo Credit: Gina Castillo)
  1. It’s all in the Caption

Now that you got some great photos, try coming up with an equally great caption. Remember to be creative, meaningful, and succint. Check out Oberlo’s “300+ Best Instagram Captions and Selfie Quotes for your Photos” to get some ideas on how to create effective captions.

Set the mood with a quote and thoughtful caption. (Photo Credit: Gina Castillo)
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