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Over the last year I have learned so much about imagery and capturing the best photos for social media. Creating stories and having beautiful images is key to engagement and creating a brand around your blog.
Being on the go can make things even harder by having limited storage, a heavy DSLR to carry around, and trying to capture the right pictures. This can all be made easier with a quality smartphone and some simple tricks of the trade. 😉
5 Tips & Tricks for better picture taking
NO. 1 FIND THE LIGHT
Finding the perfect light is absolutely the first step to an awesome picture, hands down! Direct daylight is awful so avoiding that can improve your photos. If you are out and about on a sunny day try to take pictures while the sun is slightly lower than directly above. Clouds also can be your best friend when capturing images outdoors.
I like standing into the light so that the light brightens my face up. It also keeps the background from being back-lit and causing you to have a washed out picture.
NO. 2 CONSTANTLY THINK OF CREATIVE SHOTS
Time flies when you’re having fun! I’m so so guilty of not taking pictures while having fun. I just get so absorbed in the moment and forget to capture it.
That’s why, over the last couple months I have been practicing on taking pictures throughout my day and on trips. This can be anything from cool floors (shoe photos are the best!), food/drinks, beautiful scenery, outfits, with friends, and the list goes on and on.
This will give you so much to choose from when it comes to posting imagery on social media. But more pictures means more storage that will be taken up on your phone.
This is why I love my Samsung Galaxy GS8! It gives me more freedom to take even more pictures on the go with added storage using a Micro SD card. This can open your storage up to 256GB! So no more lugging those DSLRs and memory cards around with you.
NO. 3 USE YOUR SMARTPHONE TO TAKE PICTURES
Say goodbye to lugging your heavy DSLR around. Smartphone cameras have come a long way! I remember having a brick of a mobile phone and the photos were like 3MP and super grainy. Now I have the GS8 with a 12MP camera, 8MP front camera and a f/1.7 lens!
Look at how clear these images are! And remember that back light I was talking about in #1? I didn’t even have to worry about the washout with this camera. It automatically corrected it and created these amazing images. These are unedited and straight off the camera. Pretty awesome right?
Another awesome feature is that it’s splash-proof and protected from the accidental water drop. I can’t even count the times that this would have come in handy in the past.
No matter what network you have, you can purchase the Samsung Galaxy GS8 or GS8+ Unlocked online at Walmart. You can choose your carrier, data plan, services, features and apps, so you can get your phone exactly the way you want it ¹ Just plug in your old phone into the GS8 (watch how to here) and transfer all your favorite apps, photos, and other important things.. It’s super easy to do and the phone is very affordable.
Don’t forget to grab a wireless charger while you’re at it. Yup! You don’t have to worry about your phone dying when taking your pictures on the go.
NO. 4 EMBRACE DIFFERENT ANGLES
When you take pictures at different angles, it gives you more content and options to choose from. We have the traditional selfie, the food selfie, the foot selfie, and a slew of other selfies.
I like foot selfie to capture a beautiful floor or a place that you’re at.
Going somewhere pretty? Capture the scenery around you. Forest, beaches, even cute little cafés. There are so many pictures to take. Just let your creative mind fly free. 🙂
NO. 5 EDIT LIKE A PRO
For editing images you want to keep it consistent and simple. The editing feature on the GS8 are amazing! I love boosting the brightness, contrast, and clarity on my photos.
After I do my small edits I move on to my editing apps. I love: VSCO, A Color Story, and Snapseed. Using these apps can help create a cohesive feed on Instagram and across your social media networks.
Once you have your amazing picture edited and ready to go, post them online. Share your moments captured from a fun day with friends or on a road trip with your significant other.
These are my favorite ways that I used to boost my social media game and create variety, quality, and beautiful pictures.
What are your favorite picture taking tricks?
How do you capture moments and memories?
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