This post was written in partnership with Picture Keeper Connect.
If you are anything like me, I take 90% of my daily photos with my phone! I keep my DSLR safe at home for special events. And it can be so frustrating when the lighting doesn't come out right, or there is an unexpected blur. PLUS, I end up storing 3,000 photos on my phone without backing it up. Scary, right?
I'm sharing below 6 tips for working with your camera phone. Everything from data management to telling the story. Be sure to read all the way through--because at the bottom of this post I am giving away a 16gb Picture Keeper Connect, valued at $120!
6 Mobile Photography Tips
1. Choose the story you want to tell.
I recently went to a home&garden show in Charlotte. In the photos I took below: the one on the left is a straight down, more modern shot, and a little less personal. The right photo gives more context. It says "I was there," and brings in the pop of blue with the green succulents. Both are good photos, but tell different stories. It is important to decide what story you are telling when you create an online photo album, share to Instagram, or print.
2. Take several pictures in the same spot.
(My family probably finds this a little annoying!) When I decide to capture a moment with my phone, I don't just take 1 or 2 photos. I take 10-20 pictures. I go back later in the day and decide later which ones I like. See the example below. Both are okay pictures, but the image on the right shows more blue space and foreground/background making it a more dynamic picture.
3. Edit your phone photos after the pictures are taken.
After you take pictures with your phone. Go back and edit them! It is easy to crop images that might show a stranger, dirt, or an unexpected color. Within your camera there are options to turn, lighten, sharpen, adjust color, ect. My most common edit is adding brightness. Its especially useful to indoor photos.
4. Present over perfect.
Perfection is not what camera phone pictures are about. Remember: not every photo needs to be magazine quality. Have fun taking your pictures! I started a private family Instagram account a few years ago and its the best thing I could have done. I can share beautiful family smiles, no matter the graininess of the picture quality.
5. Back it up!
I am REALLY bad about backing up the photos on my iPhone. A few months ago I downloaded over 3,000 pictures and videos to my computer. Yep! 3,000! I was really intrigued to try the Picture Keeper Connect. It works like an external hard drive to back up photos and videos (you can select which ones you want, or all) and can then plug it in to the computer and work with the photos or schedule prints and custom gifts.
The Picture Keeper Connect comes in 3 sizes: 16 gb, 32 gb, and 64 gb. I'm using the 16 gb and so far it has worked for my needs! I really like that it doesn't require an internet connection. And love the simplicity of plugging it directly into my phone. Scroll down to enter to win your own 16gb Picture Keeper Connect!
6. Share with friends.
Another thing I've found as I get more Facebook friends, is sometimes I want to share pictures of an event without sharing it to 500+ people. So I was excited to discover the free app Share Your Photos. It is really easy to create albums of events (I made one pictures from my birthday), then share a text or email to friends + family so they can see the event album too. The app also has an option to make all sorts of cool things from your album like phone cases, photo books, magnets, stickers, posters, and prints.