I’ve recently had some compliments on my photos. I’ll be honest here, photos I take when out and about are taken with my iPhone X. I’ve stopped using my Olympus Pen when out because it’s not great in low light settings and it’s much easier to use my phone.
Of course, whether you do think my photos are awesome is a matter of opinion, I can see how they might be a bit over-edited, but I like them and think they work well for Instagram and blog photos!
Here are some examples:
(scroll to the bottom of the post to see them all as I’ll be breaking them up with text)
In my opinion, it’s not that hard.
You don’t need to understand aperture, shutter speed and ISO. You don’t need an expensive DSLR. Yes, this might take away the skill of photography and be a bit lazy, but hey – it works for me.
Two main things to focus on are:
The composition is so important in a photograph. It can make a real impact if you get it just right.
It’s common to use the rule of thirds when it comes to the composition of a photo, that’s where you draw three guidelines across and down the photo in your head, so you have 9 boxes. You want to align the subject with the guidelines and their intersection points.
Studies show that we naturally focus on the intersection points when looking at pictures, so having our subject in this area makes for a nice shot. Having a subject in the centre can often look awkward.
You can also use lines, patterns and symmetry to draw the eye to a key point in a photo – for example, roads or train tracks.
I edit my photos in VSCO cam and I love that app!
My best advice is to play with it and see which filters and features you like the best.
The filters I use the most are: P5, P4, KE1, C1 and AU1.
Then when it comes to editing, I mostly use exposure, contrast, structure and sharpen. On the paid version there is a feature called HSL which allows you to add saturation to certain colours – I use this often to make reds, blues and greens more intense.