How to take better pics with your phone, and get awesome Instagram shots
Whenever I’m invited to an Epson mobile photography workshop I know there will be four things: good food, great locations, really useful tips, and fab prints to take home.
And this week’s event at Emoyeni followed on perfectly from that – we drank, we ate, we learnt, we took pics of from a gorgeous Joburg setting, and watched our pictures printed wirelessly from our phones to Epson Ink Tank printers.
Sharing their tips were Gareth Pon, Instagrammer and nice guy extraordinnaire, and Meruschka Govender, a fab travel blogger who admits to only using her iPhone to take pics, and hardly using any apps to edit.
Here’s their snap-happy advice:
Gareth Pon’s 10 cardinals of Instagramming
Get lost. Your device can go anywhere.
Your phone is not a DSLR. You can therefore get it into small places, and you can get away with a lot more.
Light is your friend
Shoot before you think
Think before you shoot. Sometimes you need to shoot quickly
For style and comfort, wear good shoes
Align yourself with your environment
Keep looking but know what you’re looking for
Think in squares. This is the medium of Instagram
Avoid the flash
Don’t zoom. Rather move.
Change your perspective
Don’t forget to think about:
Rule of thirds, perspective, natural symmetry, textures, the right light, nostalgia (eg ice cream truck), be slightly odd, find a cutie (ie a cute child who looks small in a big space), add to the sunset (eg add a figurine, or a person), shoot out the box (eg flip images and jumpstagrams), learn from others.
Some of Gareth’s recommended apps
We also convinced Gareth to give us some sneaky screenshots of his smart phone apps, take a look at what he’s using to create gorgeous pics:
Want to find out more about the Epson Ink Tank printers? Keep checking back, Tash will soon be sharing her thoughts on how easy it is to pull those pics off your phone and turn them into prints you can treasure for ever.
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