3 easy steps to capture quality content for social media using your smartphone.

3 easy steps to capture quality content for social media using your smartphone.

Before the days of smartphones — if you can remember such a time — taking a great photo was a labor-intensive process. You’d have to buy a fancy camera and editing software for your desktop computer, and invest some serious time and energy into learning how to use them.

But thanks to our mobile devices, we can now take high-quality photos and edit them without any hassle.

1. Frame your subject.

Framing is nothing but used to bring focus to a subject. Be selective about exactly what is in your shot in order to keep your most important subject in focus. Too many objects in one shot will clutter it.

Do not always place your subject at the center, instead place the subject little towards the left or towards the right in the case of a portrait picture and for a landscape picture place it at the bottom or the top.

This increases overall visual interest and gives the eyes what it wants.

2. Use of light.

This is, of course, the most important aspect of a quality picture.

The first thing you should do is look around you and look at where the light is coming from. It could be from lamps, or a window, from a ceiling fan overhead, or even just direct sun. Once you know the direction and quality of this light, you are almost there.

There are two aspects that everyone should keep in mind while dealing with light — overexposed and underexposed. Too much of light on the subject can result in overexposure and when there is a lot of shadow on the subject its underexposed. To deal with this, every phone camera has a brightness feature, that allows you to take control of your light.

Below is a simple technique to manipulate light. (be creative here)

3. Follow the rule of thirds.

The rule of thirds involves mentally dividing up your image using 2 horizontal lines and 2 vertical lines, as shown below. You then position the important elements in your scene along those lines, or at the points where they meet.

When framing a photo, imagine the scene divided up as above. Think about what elements of the photo are most important, and try to position them at or near the lines and intersections of the grid. They don’t have to be perfectly lined up as long as they’re close.

You may need to move around to get the best composition. This forces you to think more carefully about the shot and is a good habit to get into whether you’re using the rule of thirds or not.

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