If you want to capture your travel adventures this summer and need to travel light, make your smartphone your camera of choice. For tips on how to capture your travel adventures in the best light, olloclip and Art of Visuals present an #ollotrip to the Pacific Northwest to visually inspire you.
Here are five tips for taking better photos and videos with your smartphone from Prince McClinton, a professional photographer and co-founder of Art of Visuals.
1. Use a Video grip to Stabilize Videos
A phone can be tricky to hold, which can lead to shaky video. Video grips allow for greater camera control to capture more stabilized and smooth content. There are a few very nice options including the olloclip Pivot, EachShot Comica Mobile Plus, DJI Osmo Mobile. A smartphone grip turns your smartphone into a smart motion camera, making every moment you shoot look smooth, professional and ready to share.
2. Show Perspective in Landscapes
Bring a friend. Shooting a human subject in your landscape photography is ideal for showing perspective of the surrounding scenery. Try adding a brightly colored jacket for a nice contrast against the natural background.
3. Find Well Balanced Light
Avoid harsh light or shadows at all times. When shooting outdoors, look for nice well balanced soft light, preferably in the morning or evening. Having the sun at your back will light your subjects. Conversely, if shooting into the sun, you’ll be able to capture nice silhouetted photography.
4. Use a Mobile App to Fine-tune Images
Most great photographers edit their own photos. Mobile apps like Lightroom, Snapseed or Afterlight are ideal for fine tuning favorite shots. If editing on a computer, take it a step further with Lightroom presets from Art of Visuals.
5. Capture It Your Way
Experiment with different mobile lens add-ons to get more landscape into the camera’s frame with a wide-angle lens or use a telephoto lens to add a beautiful shallow field of view for portrait shots. olloclip lenses are perfect for live broadcasting or Instagram Stories because of their ability to put a wide-angle lens on the front camera – opening the picture to show more of what’s happening around you.