A quick guide to snapping pics like a pro!

Thanks to today’s handy mobile devices, we all can take quality photos in a flash!

Here at Smiley360, we love to see the shots our members share while enjoying their Smiley Kits. We even feature our favorite member photos on our own Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter accounts!

Since we spend so much time gushing over our members’ awesome photos, we’ve decided to share a few secrets so that everyone can be a social media star. Check out these quick tips to polish your photography skills.

1. Keep It Simple

When do you find time to scroll through your social media newsfeed? With our smartphone in hand, most of us check out photos while commuting, relaxing, or waiting in line at the shop.

Keep in mind that your audience often views your photos on a small screen. To avoid a cluttered photograph, go for a simplistic approach and bare background for a crisp, professional result.

2. Focus

No one likes blurry photos! Tapping on the subject (product) of your photo on your smartphone’s screen adjusts the lighting while focusing in on the subject for a sharper shot.

3. Perspective

Photographing your subject from a unique angle creates a more interesting visual for your viewers, while bringing their attention to the subject of your shot.

  • Tip! Try a Bird’s Eye shot when photographing products
  • Tip! Shooting from a lower angle is a great way to keep unwanted distractions out of your photo
  • Tip! Move yourself, not just your camera! Sometimes the perfect shot simply comes from a new angle

4. Layout

Creating an organized, colorful layout for your shot not only helps the subjects of your photo stand out, but your results will have you looking (and feeling!) like a true professional.



5. Avoid Zooming 

Again… no one likes blurry photos! Zooming can cause your photo to come out grainy. Instead of opting for your camera’s zoom, try getting closer to the subject of your photo to better capture its detail.

6. Use Natural Light

Whenever possible, use natural light instead of your flash. A flash can make photos look over-exposed or captures an unwanted glare. If you do need to use a flash, consider asking yourself this:

  • Can a different angle get rid of the glare?
  • If I move closer to my subject, will it get rid of the glare?
  • If I move my subject away from the wall, will it get rid of the shadows?

7. Get Creative

Unique ideas are always more exciting. Don’t be afraid to try something different—use your creativity to create a memorable photo your friends and followers will love!


Photographer’s Block?

We’ll often times provide photography prompts in our Mission emails and on your Mission Page for ideas and inspiration. Be sure to check out social media and your Mission Page for photography examples related to your Mission!

What are your top tips for taking a great photo? Share in the comments below, or better yet—show us your skills on TwitterInstagram and Facebook. We can’t wait to see what you post next!