We feel bad for photographers these days. All that training, all that talent and suddenly, a bigger, better, faster smartphone is invented and the 14-year-old down the block is creating professional-looking images with bokeh effects and fish-eye lens photos using only an iPhone. And getting paid thousands of pounds to post vids of himself showing off his snaps on YouTube. It’s infuriating…
But we digress. What’s unfortunate for all the pro photogs out there is a wonderful blessing for all of us talentless mere mortals, who just want to take really good pictures.
Of course, you can get a phone with a sick camera to begin with (iPhone 7, Samsung Galaxy S7, anything by Huawei and look at the S8 camera’s new features), but what makes things interesting is playing around with the lens to create cool effects.
Find some coloured plastic sheets from your local art shop or use plastic you might have lying around at home. Anything coloured can be cool so experiment.
Cut into a circle and put in front of the lens.
Attach to a key ring so you can make a rainbow wherever you go.
Cut the bottom off a pair of flesh-coloured semi-opaque tights and pull tight over the top of your phone. That’s all, folks!
All you need is a drop of water for this one and voilà, a super close-up is yours.
Drop a small drop of water on the lens.
It may take a few tries but you can turn this over and point it at something cool like a bug or a plant. Presto: you’re on the shortlist for Wildlife Photographer of the Year (Just kidding. But maybe?).
And, if our tutorials aren’t enough for you, here are some more ideas to experiment with:
Get ready to be even better than Instagram.
Main pic: Flickr via Jay Greinsky