People are at home and taking more photos than ever before. With just a little bit of effort, editing time and artistic eyes, you can AMAZING photos with just the phone that fits in your pocket.
See shadows and contrast while taking pictures during a hot, sunny day. Shoot in the early morning or the late afternoon to get the high contrast of shadow.
See the world in a different way by just changing your point of view. Lie down in the grass, be patient and wait for just the right moment. Put your camera on burst mode and pick your favorite photo.
Clear the Clutter
Wipe your counter, take out the trash on the ground. Clear the area and make a very simple and clean photo.
Silhouette it up
Shoot right before the sunset and shoot with your subject in the dark against the sunset to get some really interesting shadows and contrast.
Walk around your home to see interesting textures like blacktop, harddwood, cement, tile or even grass. Use these textures for negative or open space in the photo.
Shoot at good times
Really be aware of lighting during any shoot, no matter the camera. Lighting the medium where all photos come from (the very name PHOTOgraphy has light in it!) Shoot during "Golden Hour" when the sun is low in the sky to get a beautiful light halo around your subject.
Find lots of sky
See negative or open space all around you while you are lying in the grass, walking up a hill, or even getting a new perspective somehow.
Edit Edit Edit
There are lots free editing apps for your photos like www.snapseed.com, but there are also some wonderful paid apps like www.vsco.com or Lightroom
You want to really crop out what you don't need, simplify and recolor!
Use Lots of Space!
I love using white space or negative space when I am doing flatlays. I love arranging things in a particular order and then using textures and props to tell a story.
For food photos especially, adding cinnamon on the baking sheet, adding a napkin, spoons or eggs really tell the story of your baking adventure!
Christal Marshall is the owner of Virginia Photos and Films, www.virginiaphotosandfilms.com www.instagram.com/virginiaphotosandfilms
Virginia Marketing and Media www.ineedmybusinesstogrow.com www.virginiamarketingandmedia.com
Virginia Beach Photobooth Company www.virginiabeachphotoboothcompany.com
She lives, breathes and does media and marketing pretty much 24-7 for over 14 local business through social media management, website design, photo, video or media coverage or graphic design.
She is a homeschool mom of three, cat lover, sushi eater and poke fan! She started her business in 2011 with nothing but a $400 camera from Amazon, now she is has been published in over 60 different blogs and websites for her media work and rank top Wedding Photographers in Virginia