If you’re looking for a budget-conscious way to take quality photographs for your website, hold that thought on buying a DSLR and consider using the quality camera that you carry around all the time – your smartphone.
When it comes to websites, images matter because their role is to capture the attention of the visitor. They can convey complex messages in the blink of an eye are an integral part of the content strategy for any website. But you already know that, right. This guide will walk you through the process of taking stunning photos with your smartphone for your website.
1. Make the most of available light sources
A photo can lose its impact if it’s not well lit. Now, we’re not saying that you need a professional lighting kit to get it right. In fact, just the opposite! Make the most of available light sources such as natural light. Even if you are shooting indoors, find a bright spot by a window. Avoid having too much light behind your subject because that will lead to shadows.
2. Make sure that the object is in focus
Yes, phone cameras nowadays focus automatically but remember, not every picture you take for your website will have an obvious subject. Make sure the subject you want is in focus by tapping it on your screen before you snap your shot. Photography is not that complicated; just remove anything that does not contribute to the photo.
3. Get the composition right
Your goal should be to take stunning photos that will beckon a scroll-stop when your visitor scrolls through your website. For that, you have to get the composition of your photos just right. Composition refers to all the elements that come together to create the overall look and feel of your photo. This includes the lighting, positioning of the subject, props, angles, what is in the frame, and so on.
4. When editing, keep it simple
The idea of editing a photo on your phone might seem a little like “cheating”. However, the idea is to simply manipulate certain aspects of the photograph to make it look like the most perfect and accurate version of what it should look like. While editing may sound intimidating, it is actually quite easy with a smartphone. Stick to the basics – adjust white balance, sharpness, & brightness in specific areas. Crop your photos effectively. Learn how to remove distracting elements.
How much is too much?
When you first discover the world of editing and post-processing, it might almost instantly get a little addictive, but we are here to stop you even before you get to it! Your digital file has a finite number of pixels that make up the whole image. If you change too many aspects, you risk being left with a file that does not reflect the original image.
We hope these tips help, but if you’re looking for professional support, we would love to be Your Personal Web Team!