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
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.