The majority of users of smart phones today are fond of mobile photo, after all it is a way to join fine, accessible almost to everyone. It is necessary to have only the smart phone with the improved functions of camera.
Famous German photographer Frank Herfort is convinced: professional quality of photos can be received even with the inexpensive smart phone. He has shared life hacks with colleagues from different countries of the world. The professional photographer Anna Goltsberg has collected Frank’s advice and has published them in Instagram.
The first advice from Frank is very simple. It is necessary that one should familiarise with basic knowledge of fundamentals of photo. Without it to make a good photo an only happy chance will help.
Three key rules for a good shot are light, a composition and further processing.
The expert asserts that the more softly light, the better we will learn a shot. The task of the photographer is to avoid sharp shades which happen at the height of light day. To make a successful picture under such circumstances is difficult, and for beginners especially. Photographing at dawn or sunset, photographer without effort receives softer and graceful photos are as replacement of the whole brigade of lighters. In the summer ideal time for photographing is necessary for the periods from 5:30 till 7.00 and from 19:30 till 21.30.
Certainly, it is possible to check up the luck and to shoot in the middle of day but if landscapes turn out too bright, colourful and contrast portraits will deform sharp shades, and the person in a shot will be screwing eyes , after all to look in the camera at a bright sunlight very much uncomfortable.
In a cold season to find dawn and sunset is more difficult, but here for photographers there is other plus – a nasty sky which helps to do qualitative pictures, after all it is not necessary to become attached at the right time. Thanks to clouds, the sunlight becomes disseminated that raises chances of a good shot.
Herfort, unlike many colleagues, considers that to photograph against light is possible, but it is necessary, that sun rays have been located on object of shooting. Then the received photos will get additional effects of charm and fabulousness.
For the beginning photographer it is important to remember a so-called rule of a golden section: the object should settle down in 1/3 crossings of horizontal or vertical lines of a shot. Besides, for reception of a correct composition in landscapes it is necessary to watch that the horizon is equal. As Herfort shares a conclusion about importance of a choice of a point of shooting, after all it directly influences emotional perception of a shot.
At a processing stage it is possible to make a shot and, on the contrary, to bring to nothing all diligence. To reach the first, it is important to clean superfluous, instead of adding the new. By means of special programs the photographer should get rid of superfluous subjects in a shot, and also if necessary to add in a shot of light, contrast and to modify a background. And here to make for oneself a make-up to increase or reduce separate parts of a body Frank does not recommend. The photo will look it unnatural, and at all photos not too tempted in questions people quickly will notice unreality of a picture.
That it was not necessary to puzzle over post-processing and not to receive eventually unnatural colours, to use a HDR-mode is better. On landscapes it will reduce excessive contrast between the bright sky and the dark earth, and at insufficient illumination will help to avoid granularity. Take into consideration that the HDR-shot takes places more usual, therefore unnecessary shots should be deleted at once.
At shooting it is better to use following rules. Landscapes and architectural constructions one should try to shoot mainly in a horizontal format. First, it is classics, secondly, at the photographer remains more possibilities for the further processing, after all always it is possible to change such photo in a vertical variant.
When the photo purpose is shooting of the person in full size, it is important to remember that an ideal point of shooting – at belt level. Then the body on a photo will look proportional. The last advice of the master recommends not to forget about a requisite and to use everything that near at hand to decorate your picture.
Frank is sure that un-photogenic people do not exist, and here illiterate photographers meet often. Therefore for good selfie which became for a long time separate subspecies of a portrait photo, he recommends, that light should fall at 40 degrees at an angle, that is directly and a little from above. In the street it is better to do selfie when weather cloudy and is not present a shining sun and sharp shades.
The position of the camera in relation to the person features defines whether it will be possible to make good selfie. Therefore, for different face types Herfort advises to choose different foreshortenings. It helps to underline favourably uniqueness of features and to make correct accents.
So, the angle when the camera is located at level of eyes is universal for shooting of any persons. Lines look proportionally and naturally.
The most popular, according to Herfort, the angle for selfie is when the camera is located hardly above level of eyes. At such angle of a hand it is necessary to hold above the person. Such arrangement of the camera creates symmetry illusion.
If the camera is held below the level of eyes the model will look above, but the body becomes much more. Everyone will not dare to do it, however the bottom angle opens space for a creative.