These days, you really don't need a fancy camera to take a fairly impressive shot. All you need is a phone, a great backdrop, and a useful app to give the picture some finesse. And if you love to give your gram a run for its money, invest in some sweet phone accessories. Here are our top tips to take your phone-o-graphy to the next level:
Download useful photo editing apps
Become a serious phone-o-grapher by downloading VSCO, Instagram and Snapseed pronto. All three have beautiful in-built filters to take your gram to the next level.
@contiki asked me to share a few of my favourite photos taken whilst travelling. so here's one – shot deep within the caves of New Zealand under a canopy of glow worms. this is what I love about travel. every now and then you find yourself in such a surreal situation that you're not sure it's even real! do the same and upload your best travel photo tagged with #contikiphoneographer and why it's special to you, and you could win a trip for two on Contikis's new trip to India #EternalIndia. I'll be checking out all the entries and helping to judge the winner!! get on it!
Invest in a sweet fish eye lens
Take your selfie to the next level with a fish-eye lens. Made for capturing adventure, each shot is bursting with light in a cool bubble effect to make for some really creative and fun photos.
A tech carry case
You’ll never have to worry about losing things. Store everything from your phone, lens, tripod, cables and headphones etc all in one place.
A selfie kit
Take the ultimate selfie by using a foldable selfie scope that extends further than your arm.
A travellers mini tripod
Portable, lightweight and sturdy. Just pop out your smartphone in the tripod wherever you are and start snapping. Now you’ll never have to rely on strangers to take your cute couple or group shots.
Portable power adaptor
The perfect accessory to keep your phone charged and going in times of need.
The rule of thirds
If you’re looking at upping your game, the rule of thirds works a charm. Just imagine nine equal parts to your pic. Once the grid is activated, the theory is, if you place your point of interest between the intersection or along the lines your pic will become more balanced and show more depth. Composition is everything and most often, the more off-center you are, the better the shot.
I was asked by Contiki to upload one of my favourite photos I have taken while travelling.. I would say mine is this memory — One of my "safe places" with 4 of my most beautiful life-long friends by my side. We watched the sky light fire and danced around in the crashing waves until we couldn't feel our feet. Numb, but so alive. If you do the same, upload your best travel photo to Instagram and use this hashtag #Contikiphoneographer and include why it’s special to you, you'll go in the draw to win a trip for 2 on Contiki’s new trip to India #EternalIndia." D R E A M destination!!! (And please take me with you) xx ✨
Lighting is everything
Take it from phone-o-graphy experts, Typo. The trick to a sweet pic is in fact excellent lighting. Avoid overly sunny faces, and instead look for soft-lighting outdoors by moving to a shaded area.
Keep it simple
Ah yes, sounds easy right? Be mindful of the mood and emotion you’re creating through your shot. We think the trick to nailing a photo is in its pure simplicity. Minimalistic shots have a way of capturing a powerful shot.
Be sure you show Typo and the world your amazing phone-o-graphy skills by following @typoshop and using #shotwithtypo.