Everyone carries around their phone around these days and every wedding we shoot, there are always families asking to take photos with their camera phones. With cameras so readily available on phones nowadays, why not master the art of phone photography aka phoneeography, especially with all those apps like Instagram out there? Even we sometimes catch ourselves taking photos at weddings with our phones just because it’s instant processing and upload.
Below are some tips from a blog photojojo.com posted:
“If the wedding is outdoors, you’re all set with natural lighting.
Either using an outside camera app or your phone’s built-in shooting app, you can choose your exposure by touching the part of the photo or using an exposure adjustment tool to get your exposure just how you want it.
HDR mode (either built-in or via an app, like HDR Pro) will help capture a balanced exposure when you have bright skies and a shadowy subjects.
If your wedding is indoors, place the couple next to windows where you can find natural light.
If you don’t have any windows to work with, this is where the Glif Plus and your tripod will come in handy. That’s because you’ll want to stabilize your phone as much as you can when you’re shooting indoors.
You won’t be able to eliminate all noise, but it will help, and some grain is a-okay in my books. A little bit of grain and even some motion blur gives photos that old film look.
EXTRA TIDBIT: You might consider combining the powers of a tripod, an app that lets you control shutter speed (like Slow Shutter Cam for iPhone or Light Painting Camera for Android), and an external flash. With these, you can set a long exposure and pop off a flash to light your couple.”
APPS & TOOLS:
There are apps out there for iPhone like PhotoForge2, which helps straightens photos as well as allows curve and level adjustment. For Androids, there is PicSay and Camera360.
PHONE PORTRAIT TIPS:
“When posing the couple, you can still capture candid moments by telling them to have a conversation with one another. They’ll start talking and laughing, and then you can snap your photo.
Having your subjects change up their line of view can help change the mood in the photo. A photo of a couple standing there looking at the camera will look a lot different from a photo of the couple standing there looking off into the distance. It adds a little wonder to your photo.
Lastly, remember that the environment is that additional subject in your frame. Pose your couple based on what’s around you. They could be leaning against a tree, looking over a balcony or sitting on some steps.”
Happy phone shooting people!