How to Take Better Pictures

We all know photographers are awesome, but what happens when you're on a family vacation, hanging out at home, or doing something special and you want to take photos in the moment yourself? You pull out your cell phone and do just that, right?   

Let's talk about how to take better photos for yourself!
All the photos I've taken below are from my cell phone to help demonstrate! 

#1. Clean the lens. 
This one may sound obvious, but making sure your lens is cleaned off will help your pictures turn out more crisp and sharp!

#2. Find the light. 
Finding the light is super important to make sure your pictures are brighter, more crisp, and in focus. If your outside, try to get into the shade and stay out of harsh lighting. This will help avoid squinty eyes and over exposed images (too much light). Overcast light or cloudy days are perfect for this! 
If you're at home try to move to the nearest window for some natural lighting. 

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#3. Angles. 
Being straight on with your subject or underneath them can be pretty unflattering! #DoubleChin #UpTheNose Getting Getting slightly above your subject is a great angle and not to mention a lot more flattering. 

#4. Avoid selfie mode.
Using your phones back camera has a lot higher quality photos than using your front facing camera on your phone. But I want to take a selfie? Using the buttons on the side of your phone captures pictures as well! Face your rear camera toward you and use the side button of your phone. Need extra help? Stand in front of the mirror so you can see your phone's screen in the mirror.

 In the selfie mode you can see that the picture isn't quite as clear or in focus as portrait (rear camera) mode.

In the selfie mode you can see that the picture isn't quite as clear or in focus as portrait (rear camera) mode.

#5. Get Creative. 
Feeling a little creative? Move behind an object to add more to the picture while still keeping your main subject in focus. Take a picture through something or from a fun (but flattering! unless it's an inanimate object) angle! 

 In this picture of our dining room chandelier I placed some saran wrap in front of the camera to add some light effect at the bottom. 

In this picture of our dining room chandelier I placed some saran wrap in front of the camera to add some light effect at the bottom. 

I hope this helps you get better cell phone pictures and be sure to share your new and improved images and tag AllyKay Photography! I'd love to see your photos!!