Photo Challenge Picture 5 & 6 – Love & Family

Since I did not post last week I combined pictures 5 & 6 of the photo challenge with the topics “Love” and “Family”.

I took this picture of my dogs Ice and Raven playing with my phone and edited it with Snapseed. They are what I love and they are family. And clearly they love each other, too. Ice is a little ruffled from playing. I am glad I got at least one picture where Raven wasn’t all blurry. She’s has high puppy energy and loves to go fast. She’s now seventeen weeks old. We got both of our pooches at the local humane society.

Photo Challenge.

I created the 52 week photo challenge at the beginning of the year. Each week there is a different topic and a different photo to be taken. You can read more about the photo challenge here: https://anikamcfarland.com/photo-challenge/

Facebook group.

For all of you who want to join in the fun and need some guidance and/or want to share your pictures, I set up a Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1701572876529588/

Phone photography.

I just recently posted about how to take better pictures just with your phone. Go check it out right here: https://anikamcfarland.com/phone-photography/

Your turn.

Now it’s your turn. Show me your pictures. It doesn’t matter where in the challenge you are: Week one, or week six. Just post some pictures or join the Facebook group.

 

Photo Challenge Picture Week 4 – Window

This weeks photo challenge was the subject “Window“.

This Weeks Challenge.

I had a hard time finding the right setting for a window picture. The challenge seemed to be simple, but was less easy than I thought it would be.

The right moment came eventually. I was playing with Raven, my puppy, and Ice, my grown dog, when something outside startled Ice. He ran to the window as he usually does and stuck his head through the curtains to look outside.  That’s when I took the picture. It was rather spontaneous. And taken with my phone camera.

Phone Cameras.

Phone cameras are great for taking snap shots like this. They are usually close by and don’t require any settings other than to push the release button.

Though there are plenty of ways to improve your photography even with a phone camera.

I posted some tips and tricks this past Tuesday about it. Head over there and read it if you haven’t yet: https://anikamcfarland.com/phone-photography/

I have a favorite app that I am using, called snapseed. It’s a fun and easy way to make edits to your phone photos.

The 52 Week Photo Challenge.

If you don’t know which photo challenge I am talking about, you can read more about it here: https://anikamcfarland.com/photo-challenge/

I also have a Facebook Group you can join, if you want to have support with your photos: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1701572876529588/

Your Turn:

Now it’s your turn. What did your photos look like of the photo challenge? I would love to see them!

Improve your Phone Photography in 8 Simple Steps

Let’s face it. Not everyone has a digital SLR camera and if they are like me if they have one, they don’t have it with them 24/7.

But I do have a phone with a camera. And I have that with me all the time. I love to use it to capture pictures of my puppy Raven. Though I do break out my DSLR from time to time, I have my phone always there and get really cute, spontaneous pictures that way.

Phone cameras are great for capturing every day life. They are not so good with specialized photography. That’s where DSLR cameras have their place. But there are ways to improve your photography with a phone camera nevertheless.

1. Keep the composition simple.

I know I have said it before, but it really is a great and easy way to improve your photos. Keep them simple. If you’re new to photography you most likely try to over-complicate your shots. Pick one subject and stick to it.

2. Change the angle.

I know it sounds funny, but just changing the angle that you’re photographing things with can give a new perspective to everyday situations. Try a high or low angle.

3. Show depth.

You can show depth in your photos through leading lines like pathways or walkways. Or use something interesting in the foreground to frame your subject.

4. Get closer.

If you’re struggling to find things to photograph, try to get closer to everyday things and shoot close-ups or details.

5. Photograph reflections.

Try taking pictures of reflections, in puddles, lakes or windows.

6. Use both hands.

When using your phone for taking photos use both hands. Hold it with your non dominant hand and release the shutter with your dominant one. Do that gently. You will get less blur in your pictures due to shaking.

7. Don’t use the digital zoom.

Don’t use the digital zoom, because it will make every movement of your phone so much more prominent, that you get blurry pictures a lot more often that way.

8. Look for scale.

Look for people or things that will give your photos a sense of scale.

 

These are simple ways to improve your phone photography. I would love to see some of your photos taken with your phone! Comment below.