Welcome to another edition of “Through The Lens”
In each article we’ll show you just how easy it is to shoot professional-looking photos of your finds, just like in magazines, using only the camera in your phone. We’ll share some basic, but important photography tips that will dramatically improve your photos and have you shooting like a pro in no time.
We’d like to thank Marc Russo from Marc Russo Photography for the use of photos used in this article. Marc’s as passionate about treasure hunting as he is about photography. His site is a wonderland of stunning, beautiful finds of all descriptions that have to be seen to be believed. Be sure to check him out on Flickr.
1. Angles can make all the difference
Photographing your finds from different angles can often produce stunning shots. Don’t just settle for one angle, mix it up and try some weird ones. Try laying on the ground and photographing your finds with plants etc in the background to add some depth. Using your imagination and creativity will bring out the best in you as a photographer as well as your finds.
2. Get closer
If you use your camera’s digital zoom to get close up shots of your finds, you’ll lose a lot of finer details. Try and avoid making this rookie mistake. Instead, try getting physically closer to your find. If you still want to use the zoom, try a shot with zoom and another close-up and compare the two to see what looks better.
3. Stable shots
For cleaner, sharper images try this. Hold the phone sideways with both hands, much like you would a traditional camera. Instead of using the shutter button on the screen to snap your image, use the volume buttons on the side, they do the same job. This eliminates the need to hold with one hand and push the on-screen shutter button with the other. Many people are unaware of this feature.
Reflective surfaces are everywhere: glass, puddles, polished bench tops, mirrors, any shiny surface really. Use these to your advantage and create beautiful, professional images.
5. Black and white
Think about photographing your finds in black-and-white as opposed to colour. Black-and-white photography is stark and can often be beautiful. It forces you to see the image rather than the colour. A low-light image of shadows can look like nothing in a colour photograph but be a powerful picture in black and white. It can also convey remarkable purity of emotion or action.
History shines in the shadows with light. Think about using light to create dramatic shadow effects to bring your finds to life. If you’re out in the sun, play with angles and sunlight. If you’re at home, try using lamps or a torch and stage your find for that “aha!” shot.