Not every picture speaks a thousand words, but once in a while you capture something really memorable, even with a camera phone.
Here are six photos I took with my camera phone (Samsung Galaxy J7). These are some of my all time favorites.
I’m nowhere near being a professional photographer, but today’s amateur cameras are amazing and fairly easy.
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A Dark Background Can Provide Rich Contrast
The dark background really makes the colors pop. I really wasn’t even trying for dark, it’s just the way the light and shadow played out as I moved in for the close-up.
A White Background Will Put the Focus on Color
White can also show off vibrant flower colors.
Yellows and reds are the hardest colors for me to capture. Taking photos of these bright colors when the natural light is less intense works better than trying to photograph them mid-day.
Here, there is less light reflecting off the white board, producing more highlights and shadows.
You can see more detail in this photo, than in the one above.
Camera Phone Challenges in the Wild
Wind provides a challenge, as do wildflowers.
If you wonder why your flower pictures are often blurry, be aware of the wind. Even the slightest breeze can create movement, causing blurring.
Another challenging aspect of photographing wildflowers is that you shouldn’t touch then, and definitely shouldn’t pick them. (It may be illegal to pick them, in fact.)
I can often be seen crouching, or in some other unflattering contortion, trying to get a good shot.
There’s a lot of poison ivy in our parks, so you might want to avoid actually get into the foliage!
Natural Light is Best with the Camera Phone
We do eat some flowers quite regularly, cauliflower and broccoli, for example. I’ve found that even in the kitchen, natural light produces the best photos.
Mostly, I’ve learned about picture-taking from reading blogs, and trial and error. My thanks to Cooking Without Limits and Cee’s Photography for inspiring my photo experiments, and for clear tips on how to take great photos.
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I love your photos! What a great tutorial. Thank you!
I never had much luck with phone camera photos until I bought an iPhone; my Samsung phones just couldn’t compete with my DSLR. Even the “cheap” iPhone I finally got is amazing, though. Do you ever add an external lens to your phone camera? I have been thinking about doing that.
Some great tips there, thanks! i nearly always use my phone camera.
Thanks for those good tips. I’ll try to remember the backgrounds, not just the main event.
Nice pictures! It’s not easy to focus on moving subjects like flies, bees or even flowers that move in the wind. I don’t know the Samsung J7 because I use an iPhone for all my photos even close-ups but the colors of your photos are really nice !
Excellent photography! It’s all about controlling light.
Yes, they are great photos. That first one is a cracker. As you say, a dark background makes a huge difference.