Five quick tips to boost your photos

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Written by Marcin Daleki
01.02.2019

You don’t need a top-end camera to take good photos. You just need to know how to take a great photo with a tool that you already have: your mobile phone!

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As the resident photographer at Decorquip, I take photos of blinds, rooms, components and people on a daily basis. I’ve often been asked, “what is the recipe for high-quality photos?”. The key is, you need to realise that a camera is just a tool in the photographer’s hand. And, in photography, the same rules apply regardless of whether you’re using the latest £8000 DSLR, a film camera or just your mobile phone. So, here are my top 5 tips to help you take better photos with your smartphone. 

 

1. LIGHTING

Use natural light sources. When taking pictures of blinds indoors, make sure there is enough light coming through the other windows or doors in the room. It’s also a good idea to turn on all the lights in the room. Remember, the blind is your main subject, so it has to be well lit in order to show its true colour and texture. If you’re taking photos of people indoors, turn your subjects toward the window’s light for a nice, soft effect but stay away from direct sunlight.

Lighting

 

2. DON’T USE THE FLASH

Never take a photo using the flash on your smartphone. Because the flash hits the subject directly, it can be very unflattering. It will wash out the vibrancy and create harsh, unnatural shadows. Almost all cameras on smartphones are equipped with low-light technology (Images below). You can start by turning off the flash and tapping the darkest area of your photo on the screen, and the camera will automatically adjust for proper lighting.

 

3. COMPOSITION 

You can turn on the ‘grid’ function on your smartphone. It will automatically improve the photo’s composition. This can help create balance in the image, create interest and allows more creativity. The main subject of your photo (whether a blind, single person or multiple people) should fall into one of the grids. Depending on what you’re photographing, make sure you choose the best framing, so you can include the most in the photograph. For example, if you take photos of roller blinds in the room or a group of people, use 'landscape' frame orientation.

   

 

4. THINK DIFFERENTLY                                                                                                                    

Think about how many different ways you can show the subject and still get the same story across. As an example, instead of taking a straight room photo with your lovely blinds in it, take a few more close-ups to show more details in an interesting way. 

 

5. USE SETTINGS                                                                                                                             

Utilise the camera settings in your smartphone. Begin with setting the picture size to maximum - it will automatically increase the quality of an image. Set the metering mode to 'centre-weighted' and this will allow the camera to adjust to the ultimate exposure for your main subject in the photo. Instead of using pre-made filters, fine-tune the settings of your image using the in-app editing software.  You can adjust the brightness, contrast, warmth, saturation and so much more in your photos. This will give your images a more subtle, yet refined, look. 

These are 5 simple tips, but once you start using them, you’ll be surprised what your smartphone camera is capable of and how handy it is to have a great camera in your pocket, ready to work its magic at any time and situation. 

As Decorquip’s photographer, I’m always on the lookout for what our customers can do with our blinds. So, if you have any Decorquip products you want to show off, get in touch with me on my e-mail marcin@decorquip.com or LinkedIn. We may be able to arrange a shoot with you and you can get some professional photos for your business.