Step 1: What You Need
You will need:
- a phone, iPod, or other low quality digital photo-taking device (mine has a whopping 3 megapixels and isn't even technically a smartphone;)
- a magnifying glass
- photo editing software (taken care of in step 4)
- something awesome to take pictures of
- a computer
- a little creativity (not pictured as mine was taking the photo)
Step 2: Composition
Rule of Thirds
When you are composing a shot, try to set it up so that the main subject of the shot is about 1/3 left or right, like the tree is in the first picture, instead of smack dab in the middle. It makes the shot more interesting
Try to take pictures from cool angles, such as maybe eye-level with an animal, picture 2, or another creative angle, picture 3.
Another way to make a shot more interesting is to "frame" a subject, like in picture 4.
Also, instead of using the digital zoom on your phone, just get closer to the subject. You can always crop the photo after you take it. Instead of applying a color effect to the photo when you take it on your phone, black and white, sepia, negative, etc., take it in full color, because you can always add the effect later, but you can't make it full color later if you take it in black and white. Lots of light also helps the pictures come out better=)
Step 3: Macro Lenses
Step 4: Post-Processing
First, go to the BeFunky website, or get the Chrome app if you use Google Chrome. Click 'Upload' then select the picture you want to edit, picture 3. First, I straightened my picture, picture 4, then adjusted the brightness and contrast, picture 5. I then used the vibrance tool to make the colors really pop, picture 6. After that, I used the Blur Filter in paint mode, which made the whole picture a little blurry, then used the paint brush to make the green door sharp so that it really stood out, picture 7. Last, click Save&Share to download your photo, picture 8.
Along with downloading it, you can upload it to BeFunky's gallery, Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, and Flickr, picture 9. The last pictures are some I took and then edited with BeFunky.
Step 5: Thebebebebebebe That's All Folks!
Thanks for reading and if you take any great shots I'd love to see them so feel free to post them in the comments:) Just be creative and take pictures no one else would think of:)