How to take better cell phone pictures - Tip #3


Get Closer
This tip is easy, just get closer!


I often say a great composition is just as much about what is in the photo as it is what is left out.  
I always think of Robert Capa when I tell people to just get closer.  He famously said,
"If your photos aren't good enough, you're not close enough." 


In my early days of exporting the medium of photography the Robert Capa quote above changed my vision forever.  I have seen so many non-committed images.  Get up from where you're sitting or get on your hands and knees to get close enough to make your image great.  Commit to the image, you'll be glad you did!


Capa was a Hungarian war photographer in the first half of the 21st century.  He photographed the Spanish Civil War, World War II, and several others.  So if Robert Capa can get closer to his subjects in war, you can get closer to whatever it is your trying to shoot because most likely it won't kill you.


I had someone comment saying that sometimes you can't just get closer because you loose so much quality in the photo.  I just want to make it clear that I am talking about getting up and moving closer to your subject, not zooming in.  Zooming in with your cellphone is always a bad idea, you will loose a great deal of quality.  I never do that.  If I need to get closer to make a good picture but can't, I just don't take it (at least with my phone anyway).


I would love to see some of your images using this technique.  You can e-mail them to me at aj@ajbrownimaging, use #abiphotochallenge on instagram, or just leave a comment with them in the comment section.  

I'll share my favorite image on this blog and the AJ Brown Imaging Facebook page.