Taking a quality photo is important, especially if it’s going to be used to represent a company outing or event on a website or social media page. Most of us use our mobile devices to take pictures, as we are constantly on the go. It’s often best to take a photo with an actual camera, but you can still take quality photos using a mobile device.
In order to ensure that your photo is professional and high quality, here are a few best practices to get you started:
- We don’t do this often enough, but be sure to clean off your lens to ensure no dust or dirt affects your photos.
- Most smartphones allow you to tap on your screen and focus a yellow, square box to accurately capture your subject matter.
- If your phone allows, setting the brightness and contrast levels before you take a photo will lighten or darken a photo depending on the amount of existing light in a room/outside. Most devices offer filter features for this.
- Zooming into a photo on your device can actually lessen the quality of your photo. Instead move closer to your subject to get a better shot.
- Trying to take a photo while in motion often creates blurred streaks. A steady hand or using a flat surface as a prop to take the photo allows for a clear picture.
- Avoid distracting backgrounds—the audience often has a hard time focusing on a photo when there are too many things going on that takes a way from the primary focus. It often helps to use a plain background.
- Take more than one photo of the same subject matter, but from different angles. Chances are that you will have a great photo from the batch to use.
- Using your devices gridlines can allow you to have a more balanced shot and position your subject matter properly.
- Look for symmetry—taking a photo of a building or person where the subject is shown very far to one side often takes away from the photo and looks disproportionate.
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