How to take professional photos for your website with your phone?
With technology constantly evolving, you don’t have to buy the latest camera and have editing software to make high-quality photos. You can take amazing pictures with the camera on your smartphone and edit them with apps that come with it. Make no mistake, though – it’s not only pointing and shooting. Apparently, there is more than one secret to taking great photos with your smartphone, so let’s go over them together and improve your mobile photography skills!

• Rule of thirds

This is one of the key rules of composition. This rule states, that you should divide your image into thirds horizontally and vertically, so you have 9 parts in total. Your point of interest should be placed in these parts or along the lines to create a balanced and leveled picture. And that is exactly what your camera’s gridlines are for – turn them on and you’ll see that getting great composition is easier than you thought.

• Focus

By this we mean two things:
a) there is little use of a blurry photo;
b) don’t overcrowd your picture.

a) When your main object is out of focus it doesn’t look good nor professional. To avoid this, try to choose an optimal distance from your object and then tap on it on your phone so it will know what needs to be focused.

b) Many of the best photos are quite minimal – you can see one interesting object and it draws all your attention to it. Don’t be afraid to leave some background – it will only make the object stand out more. We are not saying you can’t use props – flowers, ingredients or anything that makes your object stand out more (we will talk about them in the next section) – just make sure to not overdo it, so the main focus is still where you want it to be.

• Props

Now this is where you can get creative. Props, such as flowers, leaves, berries, etc. – anything you want really, can be a great way to make your photos stand out more and look more professional. There is a thin line here, though – as we’ve said before, your main object must be the one in focus, so try to choose props that make it stand out. The best props are those, that are related to your main object. For example, if you want to take a photo of your amazing raspberry tartlets – put a few on a plate, place a bowl of raspberries and just scatter some of them around. Something like this:

• Play

Yes. Don’t be afraid to experiment and try different things. This includes – light, colors, background and perspective. Make your photos memorable by taking them from a unique angle. Have a marble tabletop? Amazing for classic and chic product pictures. Old wooden floor? Perfect for moody shots. Sunset? Creates amazing golden light that you can never go wrong with. As for the background, it can be anything, really – a white wall, a black wall, a bedroom sheet, or just colorful paper – you just need to use your imagination.

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