Taking photos on your phone for print
More than likely, your mobile phone’s camera is the best camera you own. And, today’s cameras are amazing for capturing moments that you can later use to promote your organization. If you want your photos to be used in printed pieces, there are a few things you need so that your photos are high enough quality to look good on paper.
- Go for higher resolution: The higher your resolution the clearer your shot will be. Use a 16:9 ratio (or at least 2,000 pixels) when taking photos.
- Take advantage of natural light: Take your photo with lots of natural lighting if possible. Natural light is always the best option.
Use your flash: If natural lighting is not available, use your flash. (Remember: the flash won’t work if the subject is more than a few feet away). Even though photos can be lightened, editing takes time and lightening a photo has limitations.
- HDR: HDR stands for High Dynamic Range, and it’s a really useful tool for creating better exposed photos in tricky lighting situations. It will take 3 images at 3 different exposures, under-exposed, at original exposure, and over-exposed.
- Get in close: Get as close to your subject as possible without compromising the photo. Don’t use the zoom on your phone, it pixelates your image and won’t print well.
- Declutter: Keep your image as simple as possible.