Phone Wedding Photography Tips
It’s 2018, and a phone is a constant companion that’s always in our hands, bags or pockets. We can look up trivia, keep in touch with anyone around the world – and most importantly, take photos. Smartphones have become the easiest way to capture the moments around us, especially at a wedding. There’s up to 3000 photos taken at the average UK wedding, and the majority of these will be taken on smartphones. If you’re heading to a wedding this year, why not brush up on your phone wedding photography skills to make sure you get some high-quality images to share with the bride and groom.
Lighting is key
The key to a truly excellent photo is the lighting. The right lighting can transform an average photograph into a great one. Phone wedding photography won’t come out as as good as cameras in low lighting conditions, so make sure you look around you and check where the light is coming from in the wedding venue, whether it’s a window, overhead lighting, or even the direct sunshine. How the light hits your subject will have a huge impact of how your photo’s turn out – having the light in front of them is the best choice for a flattering image.
One of the main detriments to a great smartphone photo is the zoom. If you want to get closer to something, always move your phone closer rather than relying on the zoom. This is because most smartphones rely on a ‘digital’ rather than an ‘optical’ zoom. This means that the image is cropped down to a smaller size to zoom, making the image a poorer resolution and resulting in a loss of quality.
Clean your lens
A simple but forgotten rule – make sure the glass on your smartphone’s lens is clean. A smudged lens can make an image look low quality and blurred. Cleaning the lens can give a sharper view and a better quality – which is what you need if you want to make those wedding memories last forever.
Keep it steady
Just like a regular camera, your smartphone camera needs to have a steady hand. Using the buttons on the side of your phone for the shutter, if possible, will result in a steadier image. You can even invest in a Bluetooth shutter release if you want a truly still and focused image. Don’t forget to tap focus to make sure your image is the best possible quality.
Play with exposure
Most people forget about the exposure settings on their phone cameras, but it’s one of the most important things to consider. Adjusting your exposure will help you get a higher quality image, and give you more control over how they turn out.
Don’t forget about composition
A phone photograph doesn’t need to be a quick throwaway snapshot. Take some time to compose your images. Most phone cameras come with a grid to help you use the ‘rule of thirds’ and compose your images, or you can download a specialist app to help you. Think about symmetry, lines and colour when you’re taking your photographs, and they’ll come out better than a quick snapshot every time.