How to take great photos on a smartphone: Travel photography tips

Scott Howes shares his prime suggestions for using photographs on a cellular phone whilst travelling. Picture / Scott Howes

Regardless of whether you’re expending the summer months in Europe or embracing a South Island ski time, capturing photos is the final way to make memories and share your travels with loved ones.

Many thanks to the ever-bettering high quality of smartphone cameras, you don’t have to expend countless numbers on a DSLR camera to acquire stunningly detailed shots and superior-definition films.

Even so, there are a several tips and methods to know if you want your vacation snaps to stand out. Herald Journey asks gifted photographer and content creator Scott Howes to share his five most significant strategies for nailing ‘the shot’ on a smartphone camera.

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 business photographer in New Zealand for a number of decades. Picture / Scott Howes

1. Use grids and guides

I would normally advocate folks flip on the grids and guides and level on their camera phone, it is recreation-transforming.

Most phones have the solution to incorporate a grid, which essentially places two strains down the center and two strains across your display screen. This aids you abide by a popular rule in images named the ‘rule of thirds’.

I use the grids feature just about every working day on my cellphone and on my genuine cameras and it suggests you can line up the subject or the frame that you’re seeking to shoot, and area them in a person of the ‘thirds’, which helps make it extra aesthetically pleasing.

Most smartphones also have a degree in them, to preserve you from taking wonky pictures and videos.


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2. Consider time and consider it right

Travel can be insane and super rapidly-paced and it is quick to get psyched and just snap absent. It’s only when you get dwelling to edit or critique the pics you may well realise you are not joyful with them.

So, despite owning taken images skillfully for several years, I still frequently choose a action back and pause prior to getting the shot, because if you get it suitable ‘in camera’ it saves you so substantially get the job done enhancing afterwards on.

Howes recently travelled around Japan and took many photographs on an Oppo phone. Photo / Scott Howes
Howes just lately travelled all around Japan and took quite a few pictures on an Oppo cellphone. Picture / Scott Howes

3. Assume in another way

I think one particular of the keys of pictures is not to just level and shoot. Possibly investigate your location beforehand and find exclusive locations to photograph or a way to capture a well known place otherwise. For occasion, all people who goes to Roys Peak requires that similar conventional shot on the lookout down the viewpoint but there are limitless choices for various images it just will take some time to obtain them.

4. Never fail to remember the gentle

The time of working day is key simply because the lighting is what can make a photograph. For me individually, dawn and sunset are the finest times of day to shoot. The solar is not as substantial in the sky so you don’t get severe mild, it’s softer and generates nicer shadows much too.

I’ll acknowledge, obtaining up at 4am for a dawn shot is not for all people, some men and women go on holiday just to chill. Either way, lights is well worth imagining about when you take a photograph and likely a little previously or afterwards in the working day can aid you pass up crowds at well-known sights.

Howes said Chureito Pagoda, in Fujiyoshida, was an iconic 'tourist shot' many people take while visiting. Photo / Scott Howes
Howes mentioned Chureito Pagoda, in Fujiyoshida, was an iconic ‘tourist shot’ many individuals choose when going to. Picture / Scott Howes

5. Try out capturing in Uncooked

Normally, you can allow the smartphone pick out the camera options for you. But if you want to choose your pictures a move more, you can shoot in Uncooked if your phone digital camera has a ‘pro mode’. This is how we shoot on a DSLR camera and the impression is minimally processed, which offers you additional liberty when enhancing your photos in an app like Lightroom.


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