Nature brings awe and reflection but it can be hard to know how to take beautiful landscape photos with your phone. Nowadays, there are so many opportunities to take breathtaking pictures with your smartphone.
The time spent taking scenic photos shouldn’t distract you from the stunning beauty. With cell phones so accessible and you can take an unlimited number of pictures. Sometimes our shots don’t turn out as good as we expect.
Below we will go over 10 tips for how to take the most beautiful landscape photos with your phone. These tips will help you take better pictures when you are traveling or outside.
Create the Most Beautiful Landscape Photos With Your Phone
1. Find the Best Exposure for Landscapes
Do you know how to adjust the exposure on your phone? If you don’t know that’s okay, it takes a second to learn. First, think about the last picture you took with your phone of a beautiful landscape. Have you taken a nature photo and realized that the sky in the background is washed out showing dull colors? Getting the right exposure is where the image is not too dark or too light and the colors are vibrant and clear.
How to Adjust the Exposure
Getting the most beautiful landscape photos with your phone is more than tap, focus, and shoot. You may also need to increase or decrease the exposure of the image. On the iPhone, the sun appears next to the focused area. Slide up or down on the image to adjust the exposure. With a Samsung, a light bulb appears at the bottom and you can slide from left to right to change the exposure.
2. Compose Your Shot
Rule of Thirds
Horizontal Lines: First, divide the image into thirds horizontally. It is more pleasing if the lines stay away from the center and are either on the top or the bottom third. When shooting sunsets make sure that the horizontal lines are on either the bottom or top third of the image. If the horizon line is in the very center then the image may look more flat.
Vertical Lines: To use the rule of thirds, look at the object in the image and the vertical placement. Often times we frame a subject in the center of the image. This makes it so the eye does not have a journey to discover. You will want to look at the vertical lines and place the subject in the left or right quadrant. It is best to place your subject on the left vertical line if you read from left to right. This will create a flow for your eye and it shows direction and movement.