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Phone Photography Tips and Tricks from Our Media Educators

Just because you're stuck indoors doesn't mean you can't develop your skills! Our Media Education team wants you to get the most out of your time at home, and we have some tips on how to make your phone photos bolder and more creative! 

Use the tips below to take creative pictures of things in your home. If your parents or guardians email with the subject line "Parks@Home Jr.: Photo Challenge, our Media Education team will take a look and help you develop your photo skills! Your photo may be featured on this page or on NYC Parks social media! Visit Parks@Home Jr. for more at-home activities for kids!

Choose a Subject

Pay attention to what is around your subject and decide if you want it in the picture. If you don’t, change your view or move some objects out of the way. Get started by taking a photo of something green!

A photo of the leaves of a houseplant cast a shadow on an exterior wall.

Adjust Your Focus

If your phone isn't focusing on the right thing in your frame, tap on the screen where you want it to focus. This will adjust the point your camera is focusing on. Try it: take a photo of something round!

A photo of a record player with a focus on a spinning silver record.

Add A Shadow

Use a flashlight to shine on an object and photograph the shadow it creates. If you can’t find shadows, create your own! 

A photo of the shadow of leaves lit against a hardwood floor.

Try A Flash

Try taking the picture with and without the flash. Sometimes shiny objects look better with natural light. Sometimes they look better with a flash. Experiment!

A photo of a gleaming brass coffee mug with lighting effects on the rim.

Get Up Close

Get really close to your subject so you can't see the edges. This abstracts the photo and can make it more interesting. Try it: take a photo of something soft.

A close-up photo of the tassels of an area rug.

Create a Frame

Create a frame within a frame. To create this inner frame, you can use any element of the scene you’re shooting. It could be the branches of a tree pointing to your subject, an open door, or a window. Give it a try: take a photo of something geometric!

A photo of ice cubes framed inside a clear container.

Use Natural Light

Try photographing during the "golden hour." This is the hour after sunrise or the hour before sunset. At this time the sunlight is warm and can make your photographs more inviting. Take a photo of something that makes you smile!

A photo of a cat taken in natural sunlight.

Learn More

Want to learn more about what we have to offer? Find a Media Education Programs in a recreation center near you. Our media labs are currently closed, but email and let them know that you're interested in a digital photography class!


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