A picture is worth a thousand words, which is why so many people are drawn to nature for their photography. It’s nearly impossible to discuss the beauty of a beach sunrise or the view from the top of a mountain, so you photograph it instead. While nature photos are certainly beautiful, you can find that they don’t do justice to the original. This might be due to a few beginner’s mistakes you’re making with your photography. Next time you grab your smartphone for a photo shoot, make sure you keep these four tips in mind.
The Best Zoom Lens Is Your Feet
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As cameras become more advanced, you may be tempted to pinch and zoom your way through your photos. While it’s convenient to zoom to create the perfect shot, this can be a challenge when you want to crop or edit your images. Zooming in spreads the pixels and can make your image seem blurry or grainy. If you’re standing far away and zooming, odds are your photos aren’t turning out the way you want.
Most photography experts will tell you the best zoom lens is your feet. Walk as close to your subject as you can get before pinching and zooming in on the screen. Will you feel ridiculous sometimes? Yes. Will you end up at odd angles or lying on the ground? Probably, but your images will be worth it.
Learn How to Select Light Sources on Your Smartphone
Nature photos are some of the most challenging shots to get because photographers have to contend with natural light. With just a few steps to the left or right, the shot can get too bright or too dark. This leads many people to experiment with the flash, which tends to wash out the subjects entirely.
If you’re unable to move to an area with better light, some smartphones let you adjust the light source through their cameras. On the Galaxy S7, you can brighten your photo by tapping on darker areas, while tapping on lighter parts will darken the photo. This will at least adjust the light to something manageable so you can edit it to your liking later on.
Invest in Smartphone Camera Accessories
Unlike accessories for a DSLR, smartphone photography tools are relatively affordable and easier to carry around. Your carrier should have accessory options that work for your phone and budget. For example, if you have a Galaxy S7 through T-Mobile, you can stop by one of their stores and invest in a tripod to hold your camera in place. One of the biggest threats to great nature photography is human error. Even the best photos can be ruined by a shaky hand. Most photographers carry tripods with them in an effort to stabilize the device and limit the effects their hands have when taking an important shot. After all, no one wants to look at a blurry picture.
The T-Mobile store might also have accessories for divers who like to take their smartphones with them or selfie sticks for people who like to be in their nature photos. T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network also makes it easy to upload photos to apps like Dropbox from around the world, so you don’t have to worry about filling up your storage.
There’s a reason Samsung developers created so many photo options for the Galaxy models; they knew people who used their phones would be creative and would want to get the best photos possible.
Don’t Limit Yourself to Vertical Photos
As a society, we watch a lot of vertical video footage by people who don’t flip their phones sideways in the moment. While this is forgivable, especially if they need to catch something in a few seconds, it shouldn’t apply to photography. Take the time to get a great shot, whether you’re snapping a horizontal image, a square photo for Instagram, or a panorama of a gorgeous landscape. When in doubt, take multiple photos from different angles and choose the best ones later.
By following these tips, you’ll be on your way toward wowing your friends with stunning photos of your travels. Bring your followers with you wherever you go and let them see nature from your perspective. It’s a great way to use technology and an even better way to appreciate the world around you.