May 10, 2019

Spring is such a wonderful season. It brings nature back to life and lures us out from Netflix hibernation. With the warm weather, shimmering ocean and blooming flowers, there’s many beautiful moments to photograph with your phone. If you nail the shot, you canprint and frame your photos online and hang them on your walls to enjoy year-round.

Here are our top ten tips for shooting better outdoor photos with your camera phone.

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1. Clean Your Lens

Food smudges, fingerprints and general bag grime. Chances are, the lens on your camera phone is pretty grubby. Before you shoot, wipe away any excess dust and grim with a microfiber cloth to ensure you don’t get distorted photos. Learn more about giving your phone a proper spruce up here.


2. Do Not Pinch To Zoom

Camera phones use the “pinch zoom” method to enlarge your shots, which degrades the quality of your image. To avoid getting grainy, low-resolution shots, try moving closer to the subject by foot instead of pinch zooming. And when this isn’t possible (for example shooting a whale breaching out at sea), take the photo from where you are and zoom in later using a photo-editing tool.


3. Flip To Landscape

When shooting outside, landscape orientation is often best. Capture the grandeur of coastal cliffs, beach scenes, mountains, bush and vineyards by shooting them wide and capturing their full surroundings not just a portion of the story.


4. Turn Off The Flash

The flash on your camera phone is never going to have the ability to properly light up your subject and you’ll end up with something unflattering due to the harsh light. Where possible, make use of natural light. It's rather beautiful afterall.


5. Work The Angles

A common photography pitful is to always put your subject smack-bang in the middle of the frame. Experimenting with angles and perspective can produce photos that are more interesting to look at. Try walking around, standing up, or lying down to play with perspective. If shooting people, try shifting your subject off to one side to capture more of the surrounding context. It can make for a far more interesting story.


6. Hold Still and Straight

A killer outdoor photo usually comes down to angles. Before you shoot, take a quick look at the horizon to check it looks straight in your viewfinder. The result is a more balanced, professional looking photo.


7. Mind The Sun (Or Don't)

Whilst the sun might feel glorious on your skin while out shooting, too much light flaring can produce distracting light shards across the image and ruin the colour and contrast. To get around this conundrum, try cupping your camera phone lens with your other hand or changing positions completely to limit the sun's exposure in the frame. That being said, deliberately capturing lens flares and incorporating them into the visual can leave your photo feeling whimsy and beautiful.


8. Turn On HDR Mode

When photographing high-contrast scenes with bright daylight, for example a day at the beach, try switching to HDR mode to balance the photo’s exposure. It won’t be perfect, but it will definitely help reduce those blown-out feels from the bright sunlight and hidden shadowy areas.



9. Add A Sense Of Scale To Your Shot

Sometimes conveying how epic something looks is rather tough. Try including a secondary object —a person, an animal, a tree etc. in the frame to give the viewers an idea of scale.


10. Frame Your Photos Online

Beautiful outdoor photos should not be wasted in your cloud. Get them printed and framed and hung on your walls to enjoy year round.

Framer is the easy way to frame your photos. Print and frame your favourite outdoor photos online in minutes. In three easy steps you’ll have your photo off your phone and into a beautiful frame. They also make a great gift for the nature lovers in your life. Get started, frame your photos online now.