4 Tips for Taking Better Smartphone Photos at Weddings

I love taking photos with my I-Phone! I’m sure a lot of people do and I’m sure if they new how to create better images with their phones they would take even more. I use three or four different camera apps on my phone, however even the free app that comes with the phone will produce a better image for you if you follow these tips.

As your wedding day Certified Professional Photographer I’ll be creating stunning, one of kind portraits that will capture your day for ever. I’ll be using expensive cameras and lenses that are complicated and really designed for Professional Wedding Photographers. That said, wouldn’t it be nice if the photos of you both at your wedding venue that your guests post up to Social Media looked good? Below are my four tips on how to get better wedding day photos using your smartphone at any wedding venue.

The Light

I sometimes feel that when I talk about light non-photographers think I’m nuts!! But, look for the direction of the light, then quickly see how it illuminates your subject. It might might mean you have to move around a little or get your subject to turn to one side or the other to get their faces into the light. I usually look for how even the light falls and try to avoid shooting people with splotchy light falling on them - sometimes you have no choice but to take the photo.

Focus

If we don’t control the phones camera it will focus on what it thinks is the right thing and leave our subject a little out of focus. If your phone camera doesn’t have facial recognition, once you have the person or subject on your screen and positioned as you want them or it tap the screen right over the subjects face, you should see a little square and that’s where the camera will focus. I always to try to focus on my subjects closest eye because when we look at photos we always look at the persons eyes first, then the rest of the image.

Composition

Composition can be a very complex and lengthy subject to tackle. However the best advice I can give for composition using your smartphone is “don't bullseye the subject”. What I mean by that is have your subject off center and positioned towards either side or top or bottom. It’s always a good idea to show some of the background to the image to give the viewer an idea where the subject was when the photo was taken, letting the image tell a story.

Zoom

Lastly, avoid using the zoom feature on your phone, particularly at the wedding reception where the lights are often dimmed as it will create noise or little speckles in your image. If possible move closer to the subject to get the composition you want and shoot away!

I know I said Zoom was the last thing - sorry! Remember to be courteous and cognizant of the other people around you. The Bride and Groom are paying for professional photography to document their day, so please make sure you are not getting in the way of the Professional Photographer, other guests and equally as important your not slowing down the day for the wedding party.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

These photos of smartphones were taken at various wedding reception venues including:

Little Gardens in Lawrenceville Georgia

The Grande at Kennesaw Georgia

The Bluff View Art District in Chattanooga Tennessee

The Conservatory in Acworth Georgia

I hope my post helps you and your guests. Feel free to share this blog or the downloadable pdf. - Chris

Newlyweds pose for photo taken with Smartphone

Newlyweds pose for photo taken with Smartphone

Bride and Groom Pose for Smartphone Photo

Bride and Groom Pose for Smartphone Photo

Bride, Groom and friend pose for i-Phone Wedding Reception Photo

Bride, Groom and friend pose for i-Phone Wedding Reception Photo