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4 Tips To Take Better Pictures on Your Phone

Posted by on Jun 6, 2016

What’s the most widely used camera on Earth?

The iPhone, without a doubt.

While they may not provide the quality of an expensive DSLR, smartphone camera technology is improving at lightning speed. The convenience of having a camera on your person at all times also means the opportunity to capture candid moments.

Phone photography is an acquired skill that can take months to years to master. Don’t want to spend all that time becoming a master? There are several fundamentals that you can learn that will have you taking better photos today. You don’t need to be a master, you just need to know the basics.

  1. Find a different angle to shoot from.

    9 times out of 10, if you pull your phone out of your pocket to snap a pic, it’s going to be from chest height. That’s the most convenient angle, so that’s the one we usually default to – but that doesn’t make it the right angle.

    Improve the quality of your compositions by experimenting with different perspectives. Many times an easy enhancement is to just take a low angle. This angle is automatically interesting because we’re not used to seeing things from down low. It also enhances details in the foreground that would normally be missed in a higher angle.

    When taking photos of children or pets, try shooting from their level instead of the typical level of a standing adult. You’ll be surprised how much more interesting the photos are.


  1. Show more depth in your pictures.

A common mistake of amateur phone photographers is to take photos where all of the subjects are in the same plane, making the photo flat. When photographing landscapes, it’s very tempting to include only the background. Always shoot for including a foreground, middleground, and background.

In the photo below, notice how the trees and sand in the foreground are differentiated from the big orange rock in the middle ground and the forest-covered hills in the background.

landscape photo

3. Diagonally align your subjects.

By aligning the subjects in your photos diagonally, you are creating harmony and balance in the picture, hence making it more aesthetically pleasing. In the photo below, notice how the big orange cliff in the upper right would potentially steal all of the attention if it were not for the rock in the lower left.

Orange Rock

4. Include shadows in your pictures.

When interviewd, Encinitas photographer Greg Cali said:

“Photographers often get so wrapped up in their subjects that they forget how powerful shadows can be”.

When the sun is rising or setting, shadows can actually be a more interesting subject than the actual subject of the picture.

5. Actually apply what you’ve just learned

I read “how-to” lists all the time and learn a ton of useful facts, but I’m also guilty of being an “information hoarder”. I’ll learn a ton of useful info, but then go right back to my old ways instead of putting what i’ve learned to use.

If you just take one of these tips and apply it well, you’ll see a huge increase in the quality of your phone pictures.

Happy shooting!

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Setting Up A Home Staging Photoshoot

Posted by on Feb 23, 2016

Having professional photoshoots done in a dedicated studio is always going to produce the best quality pictures, but sometimes it’s nice to be your own photographer and have the photoshoot in the comfort of your own home and sometimes going to a studio just isn’t an option.

Baby photos, holiday cards are both popular at-home projects, but most commonly (and most obvious), procuring pictures to list your home for sale is the most common reason to do a photoshoot in your home.boise photography

Like getting a salon quality make-up job and haircut before a portrait session, the quality of your home photos will be greatly improved by putting in the extra effort to ensure everything looks professional quality beforehand.

There are professional companies dedicated to home staging if you don’t want to worry about the process, but doing it yourself will save you money.

Because your home most likely wasn’t constructed with the thought that you’d be doing a photoshoot in it years down the road, there are usually some extra steps and preparations necessary compared to a shoot in a professional studio. While you don’t need thousands of dollars in equipment, it will require a little creativity.

Make Sure Your Home is Clean

This step may seem obvious, but dark or dingy curtains, carpets, or upholstery can really diminish the vibrance of your home, and consequently make it feel less inviting. We recommend having your carpets professionally cleaned before the shoot. Even if you feel that your carpets are already clean, you’ll be surprised how much more life they have after getting a deep clean.

After the carpets, make sure all of the hard surfaces in your home are clean as well. Counters should be wiped down and free of any clutter. If you have kids, make sure you check walls and appliances for hand marks that could show in photos when lit with a flash.  If your bathroom walls are grimy, put together a 1:1 mixture of water and distilled vinegar, spray the wall, and wipe the grime away with a cloth.

Let There Be Light

A common misconception is that a photographer is defined by their ability to master a camera, when in reality the characteristic that separates the average photographer from the exceptional one is his or her ability to manipulate light. Lighting is without a doubt the most important element in any photoshoot, so here are some tips on how to use it best for your home staging photos.

  • Plan ahead. Take a look at the forecast for the week when you pick a day to have your photoshoot on. Obviously picking a day that with a sunny forecast will provide better lighting than
  • Schedule the shoot for early to mid morning, so that you don’t have to rush to beat the sunset.
  • If theres too much light in a room, put up a thin white sheet or a curtain to soften the sunlight coming in and prevent the appearance of harsh shadows
  • Use lamps that have one end closed, like a desk lamp, that allow you to direct light in a specific direction

Additional Tips

Remove any personal touches. This may sound counterintuitive, but potential buyers want to be able to visualize their own families in the home. Having your own family photos everywhere will interfere with that vision.

Maximize space. Remove smaller pieces of furniture like end tables and ottomans. If kitchen space is limited, consider removing the kitchen table to make the kitchen feel more spacious.

No-Pet Zone. We love our pets, home-selling time is not the time to be reminding visitors that you have them. Clean up any toys, put pet beds and litter boxes out of sight, and vacuum any dog hair on the floor.

Follow these steps and you should be well on your way to a great home-staging photo shoot that will help your home sell faster and bump up the selling price.

Let us know if you have any questions specific to your home and we’ll help you out the best we can.





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Choosing The Best Wedding Photographer In Boise

Posted by on Feb 17, 2016

Is your Wedding knocking at the door? From your wedding shopping to the wedding party, everything you want is to be unique and organized as well! This is the most important day in your life. So, you definitely want to capture every little single special moment on your special day. These images are necessary to create memories and to keep your wedding moments alive always. It is a reminder of your special moment which will make you smile when you look back on it.

Now if you are thinking how to choose the best wedding photographer in Boise, here are some tips for you –

Hiring a Professional Photographer : You need an expert who can take all the beautiful shots of you and your partner, friends, relatives on your special day. In Boise, you can get a number of famous and popular photographers.

Soughton HallWedding Photography By Ashton Photography

A professional photographer has the skill to capture the special moments on your big day. A professional understands his work properly and hence you can rely on that none of you important moments will be missed out. If you want to see the whole decoration in every corner of the hall, or you wish to check out the expressions on your family members and friends faces, then it is possible with a good photographer. His main focus is to capture each and every shot so that whenever you miss your special day in future, you can have a look at these amazing images to cherish your memories.

The Professional Should be Also Experienced : Not only you need a professional photographer, but you should rather opt for someone who is professional as well as experienced. An experienced photographer knows well to play with the lights and the background to come up with great and memorable images.

Some shots like cutting the cake, exchanging the ring, dancing – all can be beautifully captured by such a photographer.

Check the Equipment He Uses : Make sure that he uses an advanced and high-quality equipment to deliver the best quality pictures. Also, he should have strong technical skills and who knows how to use different equipment efficiently.

Only capturing the photographs at times just do not work. There are a number of other things that you expect from a photographer especially for your wedding photography. He should be aware of the process of editing photos to offer great photographs. Also, he must provide all necessary things like the album, special shoots, reprints, etc.

Budgeting is Important : If you do not have that issue in spending money like running water then of course you can get a photographer will high fees. But if not then it always better to talk in details well about the budget of the whole photography session. If you hire the studio photographers, they may charge you high. But also, there are such photographers in Boise who are not into studios but still have the experience of offering professional photographs. These can also come within your budget and can be best for your wedding.

A photographer is a must in your wedding because you wish to cherish these moments the entire life. So, it is always a clever decision to hire the best wedding photographer who can bring out the best in you.

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