Com­pose on a smart­phone

Jo Brad­ford looks at some tips and tricks for com­po­si­tion and how to use light to get the best from your smart­phone photos

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Work­ing with a smart­phone cam­era means us­ing your com­po­si­tion skills and work­ing with light cre­atively. Com­po­si­tions are im­proved with lead­ing lines and di­ag­o­nals. Find cre­ative ways to in­tro­duce depth of field with fore­ground in­ter­est.

And don’t for­get the sim­ple play of light and shade… Great pho­tog­ra­phers de­velop a keen un­der­stand­ing about the myr­iad ways that light af­fects the images they make. Once you be­gin to no­tice where it is in the frame, and where it isn’t, you can use light as a com­po­si­tional tool to shape and de­fine the sub­ject.

A smart­phone lens has a wide field of view: it will stretch out the fore­ground and make dis­tant ob­jects look tiny. So fore­ground in­ter­est needs to be con­sid­ered at all times. Find things to oc­cupy the fore­ground and let them add some­thing to the com­po­si­tion.

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