Seven Training Methods to Become a Talent in Mobile Phone Photography
- Dec 02, 2019
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Mobile phone is an indispensable life tool for every modern person. It has changed the way we interact with the world, especially photography. Change also means innovation. Although mobile phone photography technology is becoming more and more perfect, it will still be confronted by many camera users, who believe that using the camera is the real way to play photography. Cameras are getting smaller, smarter and more integrated into our lives. It's not a bad thing, it's a trend. Pick up your cell phone and record the world from a new perspective. Here are 7 training methods to persist in a week to transform you into a smart photographer on your mobile phone! ___________
Jobs once said that simplicity is the ultimate. You are often warned that photography should be subtracted. Indeed, this is the rule of thumb for photography. Because of the characteristics of mobile phone lens, the view is mostly based on wide-angle and large depth of field, and can not compress perspective, can not visualize the background (fortunately, dual-lens mobile phone provides us with a new choice), so we should adhere to the first element of "simple picture".
Use more negative space (blank space) and discard unnecessary elements, which can highlight your composition focus.
Given the size of mobile screen, minimalism is very popular in social media. If you pay attention to IG, you will see many refreshing photographs. Keep it simple, maybe it's your style.
This is the most basic training method for beginners, but it is simple and efficient.
The compact mobile phone completely surpasses the camera in convenience. We can take it as we like and take it as we like. It has more space to play than the camera.
Traditional Canon and Nikon SLR users are more accustomed to optical viewing (except Sony Weidan), so there will be a lot of inconvenience when shooting at low angles, but the real-time viewing of mobile screen has no such trouble. Let's lower the cell phone and compose it from a new angle.
Low angle of view can not only use the sky to "simplify" the background, but also use the ground to create "mirror" effect.
Mobile phones tend to focus closer than camera lenses, and although magnification is not as good as professional macro lenses, it is enough for everyday macro lenses. In still life shooting, amazing details, colors and textures can be captured using micro-distance.
Micro-distance helps us to jump out of our everyday perspective, and the world is hidden in details. It is not only suitable for plants, but also very effective in taking portraits and pets.
It's also a great way to shoot the scenery and highlight the big scenery with the small scenery.
Want to be closer? Mobile phones also have many additional lens peripherals, such as Olloclip, Moment and Zeiss Exolens.
Because of the limitation of the sensor and the lower tolerance of the mobile phone, in the situation of high contrast between light and shade, it's a blessing in disguise, because it's easier to take silhouettes! Click on the screen of the mobile phone to select the photometer (altimeter). If the contrast is not enough, continue to slide the screen and pull down the exposure until a silhouette is formed.
The key to shooting silhouettes is to keep it simple and to find interesting points. Because the screen elements become silhouettes, the stereo is abstracted into a plane, and the combination of geometric elements should be considered more when shooting.
The best time to shoot silhouettes is at sunrise, sunset and at night when there is a strong light source. Know that you can't get up in the morning, so go out to shoot more at dusk; otherwise, it's a good choice to look for billboards and windows at night's airport.
Silhouette is not very popular, but it is very interesting to use it well. Practice more!
Did you find that all the examples before us are 1:1 drawings? Although mobile phones also have 4:3 and 16:9 formats, due to the influence of IG, more and more people begin to use 1:1 picture, and 1:1 is recognized as the most stable picture. Since it is stable, it is necessary to have central composition and symmetrical composition.
Symmetry may be upper and lower symmetry:
It can also be left-right symmetry:
They are usually used in conjunction with the central composition to create symmetrical images and enhance the sense of structure.
As mentioned earlier, due to the limitation of mobile phone lens, the view is usually "wide angle and large depth of field". Although it is a limitation, we can make full use of this point to enhance the depth of the scenery.
The easiest way to express the depth of three-dimensional space is to use lines. Roads, railways and rivers are good guides to help you add perspective to your composition.
The second way to create a sense of depth is to match the foreground with the foreground. Find some interesting elements in the foreground to cooperate with the foreground, and the sense of picture hierarchy will naturally come into being.
The third way to create the depth of the picture is to build the frame by relying on the elements of the picture. For example, shooting through windows, arches, arch bridges, even hanging branches, when you guide the viewer's eyes through a certain element of the picture, the depth of the front and back is there.
Mobile phone hardware can not be compared with single-inverse, so we can not rely on technical means (virtualization, perspective), but to make articles on the content. If there are elements in the picture that can interact with each other, the interestingness of the work will be greatly enhanced.
The way of interaction can be content relevance, which can arouse the audience's association.
It can also be a response in the composition.
In fact, there's another hidden goal in these seven exercises - to make you forget that you're shooting on your mobile phone. Whether it's a camera or a cell phone, it's just a tool for taking pictures, and your focus should be on content, not tools. Cultivate the ability to observe life and capture it with the eyes of photography.