I am a blog ambassador with U.S. Cellular, and this post is sponsored on their behalf. All opinions, as always, are my own!
Have you talked to your kids about phone etiquette and your rules when it comes to using their smart phone? Download this FREE Parent-Child Agreement to get the conversation started!
I love taking pictures. Every day when we are homeschooling, or if I am looking at my garden, playing with the kids, my food, anything, I am taking a picture of it.
I remember way back when I got my first real camera, I loved it! I loved to take pictures. Unfortunately, when I got those 24 prints back from the store, half of them had my finger over the lens, some were blurry, and I might (if I was lucky) end up with one good picture. Of course, this was when I was 10, and I have improved a lot over the years!
Taking pictures with my DSLR is something I love to do now, however, lugging around that big camera is not easy.
Instead, I tend to grab my iPhone 6 whenever I am trying to get a picture - partly because I love the filters you can use through apps, partly because I always have my phone with me, so it is seamless.
A recent survey shows an increase in smart phone users taking pictures and sharing them with friends and family through social media. I am definitely one of those people. I also want to make sure that I am taking the best picture I can - and often take multiple shots until I find the right one.
Top 5 Smart Phone Camera Tips
Check the Lens - A dirty lens causes blurry photos. Use a clean, soft cloth to wipe away dirt or lint from the front and back cameras.
Light Your Subject Well - Natural light is always the best option for great pictures, whether using a mobile device or an expensive camera. The better lit your subject is, the clearer the image is likely to be.
Hold Steady - The steadier the camera is, the clearer your picture will be. Use a small tripod, or lean your device against a solid surface.
Follow the Rule of Thirds - Avoid placing your subject squarely in the middle of the frame, instead have it a third of the way in.
Take Plenty of Pictures and Learn - The advantage of digital photography is the option to take a bunch of pictures all at once and see them quickly, we have unlimited film!
Fun Photography Apps to Explore
Camera+(for Apple) and Camera for Android - great for photo sharing and editing. Both feature a full photo editor that is very user friendly, along with the ability to connect and share your photos with others.
Snapseed - helps you tune an image to create depth and vibrancy with color saturation, brightness and contrast and also helps you crop and adjust perspective across the vertical and horizontal axes.
Do you take more pictures with your smart phone or your fancy camera? Any photo tips you would add?