Working in social media management for a living means we can do 99% of our jobs on the go. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy to be working from home and still trying to create engaging content for our clients. So, if you’re in the same situation for your company, we’ve pulled together a few tips to still get that picturesque moment worth the double-tap from your phone at home.
Clean your lens.
This may sound silly, but it can make a huge difference when trying to capture that crystal-clear shot! Plus, now more than ever, we should be aware of how many germs and how much gunk can live on our phones. You’re welcome.
Pay attention to your background.
As we’re all working from home, pay special attention to what is in the background of your shot. Also, hunt around your house for different tables, linens and floor patterns that could provide texture or variety to your feed.
Don’t zoom in, just get closer.
It seems so tempting to zoom — even slightly — to perfectly frame the shot. But on your phone zooming in can lead to a blurry or pixelated image. Instead, just cozy on up to your subject.
Natural light is your friend.
Ditch the flash and use natural light. Sure, photographing in your front lawn might draw out the neighbors but they’ll completely understand once you show them that beautifully lit picture. Also look for sun-soaked areas of your house or apartment throughout different times of the day to optimize the light.
Learn your settings.
Nowadays phones come with almost as many settings as complex digital cameras. Take a few hours, watch a few tutorials online to learn about the various settings your phone has. We suggest looking into portrait mode for still objects, burst mode for action shots and learning how to manually set your exposure as good places to start.
If at first, you don’t succeed – edit.
Apps like VSCO and Lightroom allow mobile photographers to easily edit their shots. Play around with the settings to get a better idea of what your picture needs to be feed-ready. You can start by adjusting your shadows and highlights, increasing or decreasing the exposure and even adjusting the color temperature. A fair warning: you could spend hours editing your photos, but don’t get too carried away — sometimes quick, simple edits are all you need.
If you give any of our WFH tips a try, tag us on social in your shots: @ChernoffNewman