Hi guys, my name is Chris; I am a photographer and a filmmaker. Like many of you, I also often use my phone to take photos and videos. So, today, I want to share with you four little tricks to improve shooting on your mobile phone – but you can also use them when shooting with your camera.
1. Underwater look
To create this look you need to shoot through water: Hold a clear plastic or glass container filled with water in front of your camera lens and shoot through it. This will give the photo a distorted and blurred effect, similar to the way objects appear underwater.
Create movement: Have the subject laying under the plastic container as if it’s underwater. You can also use a fan to create movement.
Next grab a powerful light spot source (I used the Aputure 300x) so that you are able to create water reflections on your object. When the light is too soft it won’t appear as if it’s underwater.
By following these practical techniques, you can create an underwater photo look without using Photoshop or actually having the object in the water.
Tip: make sure there is movement in the water above the object
2. Using a small space
When you have a lot of room you still can create awesome landscape and frames by using the right angle to shoot and props.
Use the rule of thirds: The rule of thirds is a composition technique that involves dividing your image into thirds both vertically and horizontally, then placing your subject or points of interest at the intersections of those lines. This creates a more balanced and visually interesting photo.
Experiment with angles: Try taking photos from different angles to find the most flattering and interesting perspective. Get down low or shoot from above, and see how different angles affect the final image.
Edit your photo: Editing can enhance the colors and contrast of your photo and make it look more polished. Use simple editing tools like brightness, contrast, and saturation adjustments to make your photo look its best.
By following these tips, you can create a good photo even in a small space.
3. Mirror trick
Use your PC or TV as a background and use a mirror to put the object on to create this effect.
Creating a photo using a mirror and laptop monitor can be a fun and creative way to experiment with different lighting and angles. Here are some tips to get started:
Clean your mirror and monitor: Make sure your mirror and laptop monitor are clean and free of smudges or dust. This will help ensure that your photo is clear and sharp.
Use the mirror to frame your subject: The mirror can be a useful tool for framing your subject or creating interesting compositions. You can use the reflection to create a sense of depth or to highlight certain features of your subject.
Play with reflections: Experiment with the reflections in the mirror and on the laptop screen. You can use these reflections to create interesting patterns or to add a creative element to your photo.
By following these tips, you can create a unique and creative photo using a mirror and laptop monitor. Remember to experiment and have fun!
4. Silk background
If you want to create a product photo using a white silk, there are a few tips that can help you achieve the best results:
Use clean, ironed white silk: Make sure that the silk you are using is clean and free from any wrinkles or creases. Iron it if necessary to ensure a smooth and even surface.
Set up your lighting: Proper lighting is key to capturing a great product photo. Set up your lighting so that it evenly illuminates the white silk, without creating harsh shadows or bright spots. Consider using diffused lighting to create a soft, even glow.
Position your product: Place your product on the white silk in a way that highlights its features and creates an appealing composition. Consider using props or accessories to enhance the visual interest of the shot.
Try taking shots from different angles and distances to find the most flattering view of your product. Consider using a tripod to keep your camera steady and reduce blur.
You can easily find different colors of silk at a local market.
Have you already tried any of these techniques? Let us know in the comments.
About the Author
Chris is a filmmaker, photographer, and content creator. You’ll find more of his work and plenty of creative tips and tricks on his Instagram.