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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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 email@example.com and let them know that you're interested in a digital photography class!