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Beyond the Filter: Turning Your Photos into Works of Art

Turning Your Photos into Works of Art
9 Mar 2016 – 11:29 AM EST

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Family taking selfie Crédito: Dreamstime

You don't have to be a photographer to create some great shots with your phone. Look, I'm not here to try and convince you to drag the actual camera out, again. I know that for a week in 2009 you thought you might make a go of this photography thing. But, since that camera now lives in the back of your closet under a box of old Nelly CDs and that shell necklace you got that one time down south, it's unlikely you'll be going back to it anytime soon. So, let's just work with what we have.

Use Your Flash Sparingly

Overexposure is pretty common when using a Smartphone to take a shot. The flash overcompensates and our shot looks washed out. Find the light in the room instead. Even better, get outside and use natural light for your shots. When it comes to photos, lighting is everything


Just like with your old D-SLR you need to focus for every shot. With a Smartphone this is about as simple as taking a moment to let the phone find the subject. This usually works very well as long as your subject isn't moving, so taking pictures of kids and animals is still going to be a bit tricky.

Move in, Don't Zoom in

The zoom on your camera phone isn't ideal. It often compromises the photo and you'll have no luck if you need to enlarge it in the future. Let's face it, no one really wants you to zoom in on them anyway. Moving closer, just not too close, to your subject is going to make for a sharper picture.

Frame Your Subject

Compose your shot. You don't have to get too involved but you could at least check out the surroundings. The Rule of Thirds is a great way to help compose a picture. Or if that's too fancy for you, just move the unfolded laundry basket to the side.

Skip the Filters

If you're like most parents, you're taking pictures of your children. Children don't need editing or touch-ups because they are already perfect. Save the filters for when you're taking shots with friends and harsh lighting in the room wasn't so kind.

Next time you pull out your phone to snap some pictures take a few of these suggestions into consideration and you'll be taking some great shots; unless you have a toddler. In that case, you're own your own.