The phone is the ultimate camera: you can shoot with your phone, you can select (edit) your photos, you can process your photos (add presets, filters), and instantly share and process your photos! Whoever says that the phone isn’t a “real” camera; ignore them.
1. Don’t hesitate
If you see a scene or a moment where you even think 1% might be a good photo, JUST SHOOT IT!
With Google Photos, you have unlimited and free backups. Therefore, my suggestion is to shoot as many photos as you desire, before you get 1 photo you like.
With a phone, you can take 100 photos of the same scene, then just share your 1 favorite photo!
2. Simple colors
Look for colors, shapes, and forms which are nice to your eyes.
For nice colors, I recommend using the “n1” (new modern) preset IN VSCO.
Simple is better.
3. Diagonal composition
Shoot more dynamic compositions on your phone by tilting your camera. Do this when shooting architecture, people, or anything!
4. Clean background
When you photograph things, make sure the background is simple. If you can make photos with no distractions in the background, you’re more likely to make a better photo!
5. Look up!
Bend your back (yoga style), and look straight up to get a more unique perspective of the world!
Another tip: when shooting buildings or architecture or power lines, avoid overlap. Add a little negative space between all the elements in your frame.
6. Fill the frame
Whatever you find interesting, fill the frame! This means look at the edges of your frame, and make sure they are full of whatever you find interesting.
7. Don’t zoom
Also another tip: don’t zoom. This will encourage you to innovate more with your compositions.
Of course if you want to zoom, my suggestion: Seek to simplify the scene.
8. Abstract photos
Use your phone to photograph shapes, forms, textures, or anything else which catches your eye.
9. Shoot from a low angle/perspective
To get more engaging compositions, crouch down, and shoot looking up!
Another tip: take photos on your phone upside down! By putting your phone upside down, you can put your lens closer to the ground.
10. Lower your exposure
Lower the brightness/exposure of scenes, especially when it is “golden hour” (sunrise and sunset). This will enhance the colors and tones of your photo!
11. Treat photography as Zen meditation
Don’t expect to make good photos when you go out. Just go out, enjoy the walk, and clear your mind.
12. Use VSCO to process your photos
For color I recommend the a6 (aesthetic) and n1 (new modern) presets:
13. Have fun
Simple concept: don’t take photography too seriously. Have fun! Shoot like a child, and smile :)