Given the high level that the cameras of our smartphones have arrived, why not use it for studio photography? Let’s see how!
Let’s take an exercise in thinking about what mobile phones have evolved. Specifically what your cameras have evolved. You may remember what was said when the first camera phones appeared. Who needs that? Having a digital camera is not necessary …
We are in 2017 and compact digital cameras have been swallowed up to its irrelevance. Who has eaten his piece of cake? It’s not Google Chrome, do not be mean to the poor, the culprits are smartphones.
And is that the camera has become one of the jewels when it comes to presenting a new device. You can present a spectacular device, but as it does not have a camera to the height … will pass without pain or glory. So considering this, why not give it more uses than self-making?
Studio photography with a smartphone?
Mind you, I’m not suggesting that a smartphone is better than DSLR or non-mirror cameras on a certain level. But if we have enough photographic quality in our pockets to give it a more “serious” or productive use than taking pictures of breakfast coffee.
Also one of the good points of using our smartphone, whenever we have one, is the affordability of this type of photographs. We do not need to spend a bundle and you’d be surprised at the good results you get.
If we want to make studio photography, for example of objects, what is necessary is as simple as having:
- Cardboard, preferably white, but that’s up to your imagination.
- Tape of heat.
- Cooking paper for ovens.
- Desk lamp.
As you can see are things that we should normally have at home. Which leaves no excuses not to spend a while, trying and experimenting. Since the approach is quite simple.
The cardboard will be used in the background, so the only thing we will need is to hold it to the wall making use of the heat. To obtain an optimal result, it must remain in curve form. So we get a uniform background.
After doing that, we could start taking pictures, but it’s always better to take a little time to enlighten-your great friend in the picture. Here two players from our previous list come into play.
- Cooking paper for ovens: Used as a diffuser, we will achieve that the light is much more soft.
- Aluminum foil: In this case it is recommended to cover a piece of cardboard with this paper. What we will get is a reflector with which we can direct the light at our whim.
Both can be used both in the case that we use the ambient light, it is recommended to place near a window, or if we use the table lamp. In the latter case, if we want to diffuse the light, cut and paste a piece of kitchen paper for ovens. Getting our little spotlight diffused.
In lighting matters the imagination is your only limit. Since we can use more than one light source. In addition, if instead of using kitchen towels for ovens we use, for example, colored transparent paper. The possibilities expand exponentially.
The camera on our Smartphone
In our device there are some details to take into account if we want to get good results. The first, even if it is a no-brainer, is to have the camera lens clean – especially if you have an S8.
On camera settings, it is always advisable to use the manual mode. Yes, it is more “complicated” than the automatic mode, but in the long run you will get more satisfaction. We can play with the exposure compensation – the +/- icon of the settings – to get examples of white backgrounds in which our object seems to be “floating”.
We must try different adjustments, observing what we get and also learning, which never goes wrong. Once the desired result is obtained, we can give it our touch by using Snapseed or in the computer some retouching program.
Experiment and have fun doing it
That is the key to everything and photography even more. You already have everything you need, so all you need is to experiment with different types of lights, positions and everything you can think of. You will be surprised to see what you can get using materials so home. Besides being “free” fun, who can refuse?