Today’s post is an extra special treat! We’ve asked the talented Chari Pack, founder & CEO of Persnickety Prints, to share with you some tips for taking better photos on your phone. Whether you’re promoting your Close To My Heart business, taking photos for your scrapbooking, or just posting to social media, these tips are sure to take your phone photography to the next level!
The way you present yourself, your artwork, and the products you offer has a huge impact on your business. Online sales will increase with improved product images.
Here’s how to get the best shot every time…
1. Natural Light (no flash)
2. Focus (tap screen)
On iPhones (and some Androids), tap the screen to focus on the subject. With the new iPhone 7S, use the portrait mode to blur out the background. With a short focal length, you’ll get that fancy dSLR camera result without the fancy camera.
3. Hold Steady & Level
4. Staging (simple & clean)
Invest in a white poster board—it’s the perfect solution for a DIY backdrop! Wrapping paper or other fun colors can be added for dimension. Be sure your CTMH projects, cards, and layouts stand out. “Busy” photos tend to get lost in the crowd.
5. Get up close and personal!
6. Pay attention to shadows
Be sure the shadow of your hand or camera is not in the frame. When shooting scrapbooking layouts, take the pages or photos out of the Memory Protectors™ and set the pages or photos on top. Your reader won’t notice they’re not inside, but they’ll notice the plastic glare when they are.
7. Use negative space to add text
Use the rule of thirds and push the subject to one side, leaving empty space to add a text overlay. We love using Rhonna Designs (iPhone and Android) and Adobe Post (iPhone and Desktop) to add text or a message to your photos.
8. Scale size with objects or pretty hands
Use objects to show the actual size of your product so the viewer isn’t misled. Well manicured hands holding a product works, too!
9. Keep your phone/camera level
10. Take 1 minute to Edit & Enhance before sharing
The Rhonna Designs App is not only great for text overlays: We also use it to journal and design prints for our scrapbooks!
We can’t wait to see you put these tools into action! Additional photo tips and tricks can be found on the.
Thanks, Chari, for the great tips! Let’s show her some love in the comments, folks!
Also, remember that Persnickety Prints created a discount code for you, our readers! Aren’t they the best? 🙂 Use this discount code to save 20% on your entire Persnickety Prints order: CTMH20
This code expires August 30, cannot be combined with other discount codes, and is limited to one use per customer.
Now go print those fabulous photos on your phone! 🙂