When Taking Pictures At Night Or In Low Light, Always Use A Tripod (Or Look For Support)

We’ve already established that low light is a problem for smartphone cameras, and while night modes can help, if you’re planning to shoot at night or in challenging conditions (such as at sunset), you’ll want to make sure you have a sturdy tripod nearby.

To avoid blurry photos due to camera shake when using a smartphone without a tripod, try leaning the phone against something solid. If you can’t fix the camera, you’ll have to rely on your pulse as a substitute (advice: holding your breath usually helps).

You Have A Friend In The Grid.

In addition to composition, using a grid makes it easier to adjust the scene when photographing landscapes, for example. A photo can be ruined by a sloping horizon, so using a guide is critical. Most mobile devices have a grid option, which can be used to navigate between menus and stabilise compositions.

A Useful Resource Is Symmetry.

If the subject matter lends itself to it, symmetrical compositions are always a winner. However, you must ensure that it is completely balanced in order for us to not load the effect. The top image’s architecture was challenging to photograph, but the grid again proved to be extremely useful. You can always change the framing in the editor if it’s not perfect the first time.

As with the previous symmetrical scene, this one has very distinct and concentrated lines that lead to the vanishing point at its centre, which is an interesting resource that gives the scene additional depth.

Test Your Reflexes In This Game.

Reflections are a resource associated with symmetry. When photographing landscapes with large bodies of water, we have the opportunity to experiment with the reflections that are created, which can give the impression of repetition.

Observe From A Different Angle.

Photographs taken from the front are fine, but they can be tedious in some cases. When taking pictures with your mobile phone, experimenting with perspective is a great way to create visual tours within the composition while also conveying a sense of depth.

The perspective in the image on the left gives the entire scene more dynamism, whereas the image on the right is too flat.

Onward And Upward

Were we to look at all of the photos we take on our smartphones, we’d see that the vast majority of us use the device while standing, and most of those shots are taken at eye level. We can’t expect to get different results if we always take photos from the same vantage point.

Sitting low to the ground, like in the photo on the left, can make a standard photograph much more interesting. Even so, the possibilities are limitless.

Take A Chance.

As demonstrated in the previous example, one way to avoid the traditional conventional photo is to raise the point of view, but there are numerous other options. When used in conjunction with a nadir shot (from the bottom) or an overhead shot (from above), chopped or contrapicados planes can also add a touch of ‘cool’ to an otherwise classic photograph.