Just to recap and expand a little on the class I did yesterday. How you can do basic photography with your mobile phones.
3 most important things to prepare before a photoshoot.
First, plan what you want to shoot. Look at magazines, Pinterest, Instagram for ideas. And don’t limit yourself to just one genre. If you are shooting flowers, look at other topics like food decorating, nature, or art. It might just trigger something out of the box.
Second, know where your images are going to end up so that you have a mental idea of the requirements the image has to fulfill. If it’s for Instagram, retain enough space for a square crop later. As for Facebook, you might want to keep to a horizontal cropping.
Third, ready mentally the things needed for the image. Props, backgrounds, products and even your shooting space.
3 Things That Brings Your Picture Together.
Lighting. Shooting with natural light is always beautiful. And know where your light source is coming from. Having a side light either on the left or right, gives a nice silhouette to your products and a 3D look to it instead of just flat. And if you find that the shadows are too harsh, place a white card directly opposite your light source to bounce light back into your products. You can experiment with white, silver (harsher & cooler bounce) and even gold (warm bounce) cards to see how the light interacts with your subject. You might find that sometimes there’s too much light. You can use black cards to block lights and tracing paper to cut down the light reaching your subject. Also remember that light has colour temperatures. Different parts of the day renders different tones to your image. If you are shooting indoors, be aware of interior lights as they do cast colour tones onto your picture.
Composition. Play with different angles. 45 degrees, top down. Look at using symmetry to make your image more interesting. Play with leading lines. Consider repeat patterns and even colours to create contrast.
Styling. Your imagination has no limits. So play around with different props and backgrounds. Use varying heights. Have fun with different textures.
I know for sure KY (my partner in crime) will only approve the last white shot because it is clean and there’s space to put text and such. It doesn’t give her a headache like the top 2 images *grins* Well, that’s cos she’s a designer while I’m a photographer. We don’t mix, yeah *stares smirkily at her* Hahahhaa!
Whatever it is, keep on shooting and styling yeah. The more you shoot, the more you will find your own style. By the way, all the images here are shot on my HTC phone and tweaked for levels and contrast in Photoshop.