So my good friend Sam has started a new female tech site called Tech Girl, and it has some great content, tips and giveaways, which sadly I can’t enter as I’m contributing to the site!
I recently went to an Epson printer event, and wrote a post on Tech Girl about all the mobile photography and Instagram tips we were taught. Here’s my post – apologies for the cross-pollination, but I a) wanted to introduce Tech Girl in case you didn’t know about it, and b) share some great tips and apps, since most of us take pics of life – and our little ones – via our cellphones.
Sharing their tips at the Epson event were Gareth Pon, Instagrammer and nice guy extraordinaire, and Meruschka Govender, a fab travel blogger who admits to only using her iPhone to take pics, and hardly using any apps to edit.
Here’s their snap-happy advice:
Gareth Pon’s 10 cardinals of Instagramming
- Get lost. Your device can go anywhere.
- Your phone is not a DSLR. You can therefore get it into small places, and you can get away with a lot more.
- Light is your friend
- Get closer
- Shoot before you think
- Think before you shoot. Sometimes you need to shoot quickly
- For style and comfort, wear good shoes
- Align yourself with your environment
- Keep looking but know what you’re looking for
- Think in squares. This is the medium of Instagram
- Keep stable
- Avoid the flash
- Use HDR
- Shoot more
- Don’t zoom. Rather move.
- Change your perspective
Don’t forget to think about:
Rule of thirds, perspective, natural symmetry, textures, the right light, nostalgia (eg ice cream truck), be slightly odd, find a cutie (ie a cute child who looks small in a big space), add to the sunset (eg add a figurine, or a person), shoot out the box (eg flip images and jumpstagrams), learn from others.
Some of Gareth’s recommended apps
- True HDR
- Pro HDR
- Bokeh Lens
We also convinced Gareth to give us some sneaky screenshots of his smart phone apps, take a look at what he’s using to create gorgeous pics:
Meruschka’s Tips From A Traveller
- The best camera is the one you have on you
- The scariest moment is just before you start
- Find your style
- Use themes
- Have fun
Some of Meruschka’s recommended apps:
- Camera Plus
- OverApp (for text)