If you notice that you’re starting to get some of the background — or annoying shadows — showing up in your resulting images, Croy suggests grabbing a piece of cardboard and positioning it on your phone’s light in a way that it will cut the light off — any areas that you do not want illuminated will be left in the dark and won’t appear in the final image. Take a look at Image 4, which shows you what the shot looks like when you use the cardboard to cut the light off. Using the cardboard has resulted in a less busy and clean-looking image.
It just goes to show that, with a bit of imagination and some trial and error (perhaps try the same process with an LED torch or a pen light), you can create seriously striking images with items that can generally be found around the house. If you experiment with this yourself, send your images through to firstname.lastname@example.org — we’d love to show them off.