How to take better indoor photos with your phone comes down to light. Have you ever wondered why photographers are obsessed with light, right time of day or even start blabbering in kelvin degree numbers when looking outside. It is because all good photographers have learned that light can make or break a good photo. This is no different when it comes to taking a picture with your phone. All the photos in this article are taken with my Samsung Galaxy s7 and are un-edited.
2. Look out for shadows. Ugly shadows like in the image above are very unflattering. Diffusing the light is sometimes necessary. You can use white curtains, sheet or anything that is white and not too thick. If you are taking photos of your food or smaller objects, then white paper would do just fine.
3. Lower light, move them closer to the window. The sun was on it’s way down. The window was giving away soft and beautiful light. While she was looking out the window I asked her to move a little closer to get that beautiful soft light on her face. I also made sure she was at an angle as to me, it is more flattering. Shadows can be beautiful as long as they are soft. Thankfully it didn’t break the moment.
4. Never use flash. Phone flash is a glorified LED light. It gives you little controls and is not strong enough to light the background along with the subject. I was too appalled of the notion to even offer a sample! All jokes a side, don’t use phone flash, it’s terrible.
5. Back light the subject. Behind the sofa there is a large window. I opened the curtains and it gave me a wonderful soft light. Not to mention a sweet moment between the two sisters.
6. Reflector. Since the light was coming from behind I used a white reflector to help illuminate her face just a tad. Phone cameras don’t do well in low light situations. When you point your phone towards a subject in a shade, the photo will be dark and grainy.