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From social media posts to website headers, captivating images play a crucial role in grabbing attention and conveying your brand message effectively.

But what if we told you that you don’t always need fancy equipment or extensive photography knowledge to create stunning visuals?

Here are our top tips on how to create professional-looking photography with just your mobile phone… 

It’s all about the lighting

The first and most important tip is to understand the power of lighting. The right lighting can turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. It’s key to avoid harsh overhead lighting, which can create unflattering shadows. Natural lighting is always the best place to start. However, if you’re in rainy Manchester, like us, investing in some cheap selfie lights can help brighten your images on the darker days.

Find your angle

Once you’ve got the perfect lighting, it’s time to explore the different angles. Don’t be afraid to get down low or up high to capture unique viewpoints, but don’t forget about composition. You want your image to draw the viewer in, so paying attention to the positioning of your subject is the way to go.

One helpful tip to get your composition on point is to use the rule of thirds. Imagine breaking your frame into a grid of nine equal sections and placing your subject or points of interest along the intersecting lines. This will help create balance and visual interest for your photos.

Master the manual settings

While automatic shooting modes can be convenient, they often limit your creative control. Take the time to explore your phone’s manual settings, adjusting exposure, focus, and white balance to achieve the desired look. Don’t be afraid to experiment with these different settings and techniques to find what works best for your style of photography. And remember, practice makes perfect—don’t be discouraged if your first few attempts don’t turn out as expected. Keep experimenting and refining your skills until you find the perfect balance of settings for each shot.

Edit like a pro

Now that you’ve got your image, it’s time for the final step in the creative process. This is where you can add a personal touch and bring your vision to life. This can often be done in your camera roll edit, but there are a variety of third-party editing apps such as VSCO, Canva and Pixlr if you would prefer. It’s always good to start by cropping or rotating your image if needed. Once done, you can adjust the brightness, contrast, and saturation to enhance its overall appearance. Experiment with different effects and filters to add a unique touch to your image, but remember to keep it subtle and avoid over-editing, as you want your photo to look natural and polished. 

Practice, practice, practice

Like any skill, mastering mobile photography takes time and practice. Don’t worry if your early attempts don’t turn out as expected—every photographer starts somewhere!

Take every opportunity to develop your skills, experiment with new techniques, and push the boundaries of your creativity. With practice, you’ll soon find yourself capturing stunning professional images with only your phone. 

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Tempt is a marketing & PR agency in Manchester. We continually help various brands when it comes to brand, marketing, content and social media. Interested in finding out how we can help you, ping us a message!

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