Phone photography basics for the feed curator

In good lighting and self-timers we trust

Let’s talk about your empty Instagram feed. You want to share memorable moments of your life to your online friends but there’s not a lot of good photos that commemorate these moments. While traveling back in time to take candid shots of yourself living out your favorite memories is not yet available to us, what you can work on is brushing up on your phone cam skills to better capture future memories. 

While there’s not a lot of social interaction right now (since we’re all still socially distancing) this is the best time to perfect the basics of phone photography so you can finally get an Instagram-worthy photo once quarantine’s over. So get your phone, switch on the camera app and let’s get shooting. 

Good lighting is key 

From the Greek words photos and graphos, photography means painting with light. Good lighting is essential in any photograph—just because you’re not in a studio decked out with expensive lighting equipment doesn’t mean that good lighting isn’t available to you. 

The best lighting set up is when your subject is fully illuminated but not washed out. Be resourceful, open your windows and avail that natural light, sis. Use those fairy lights you got in an online sale. Beware of shadows but don’t overuse the flash; we’re not here for that red-eye look. 

Don’t forget exposure and focus

Nothing ruins a photo more than an out of focus subject. Focus is a tricky thing to get on digital cameras, but on mobile phones it’s just one easy tap. Take advantage of this by maximizing the focus function on your photos. Oppo’s Find X2 Pro also has auto-focus in low light settings so there’s literally no excuse for unfocused shots. 

Oppo Find X2 Pro for phone photography
Find X2 Pro serves as your second pair of eyes with its 48MP wide-angle lens, 48MP ultra-wide-angle lens, and 13MP periscope telephoto lens

Exposure is also another thing to monitor. Multi-camera setups can sometimes mess with how well a subject is illuminated when you’re switching from wide to normal to macro, so make sure to adjust accordingly, keeping good lighting in mind.

Practice, practice, practice

What separates an expert from a beginner is how long one practices and hones their craft. The key to taking good photos is to take a lot of bad ones first, so you know what works and what doesn’t. You also don’t have to invest in a myriad of equipment since most cameras already pack a variety of different lenses in one sleek device. The Find X2’s three cameras can serve you well in landscape shots, product shots and the classic selfie so get to work and practice with different subjects, lighting conditions and camera settings. If all else fails, just strike a pose, set the timer and smile like your feed depends on it. 



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