5 fun, easy photo projects that you can do at home using only your phone – CNET

5 fun, easy photo projects that you can do at home using only your phone – CNET


It is not as difficult as you might think.

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If you self-isolate at home by coronavirus, do not believe that there is no possibility to flex your photography muscles-there are many ways how you can sharpen your creative photography at home with just your phone, no matter if you shoot at a iPhone 11 Pro, Galaxy S20 Ultra Pixel-4 or another older phone.

It might be tempting, sit around and watch Netflix all day, but try to make new creative challenges can not only help you keep your mind focused, it can also learn some new skills that you can put to use later. If nothing else, it might be just stave of boredom, a bit more

I’ve put together a few of my favorite ideas for creative challenges that you can do with your phone without leaving your own home. 


Composite photography for a while, but it is worth your time.

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1. A creative composite

Composite photography is the mixture of different photographic elements from different images into a finished shot. On a basic level, it can be used to replace a sky in a landscape image, but with a little experimenting it can be endless possibilities for creativity they offer. 

In my example, I wanted to composite, even in the same scene several times-almost as it would be to show all the different things I was up to throughout the day in an image. 

Putting it together was fairly easy. Here’s how:

1. You place the phone on a tripod.

2. Frame your picture as desired with the help of lens options, if they are available.

3. Either you set your phone on a 10 second timer, or use a Bluetooth remote control.

4. Get in your scene, and take a picture.

5. Move in a plurality of positions, an image at any time.

6. Mix the pictures together in Photoshop by layering them on top of each other and erase the areas you don’t want.

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I got this selfie with the iPhone 11 Pro camera on the front, in portrait mode, directly in front of my living room window to create the mirrored effect. I edited in Lightroom mobile.

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2. Practice-portraits

stuck, can improve home a good time to your portrait photography. No matter whether you are a photo of a partner, a family member, a roommate, or even your pet, there is an interesting topic all to you. Live Alone? No problem, flip the camera and the selfie-mode, or even turn your phone to a tripod if you have one, and start mugging for the camera or working on your still life setup (more on this below).

take a Look around your house and see where you think might make for an interesting scene. Maybe you have an old leather chair, it’s someone in a pose could be. You might have an unusual carpet, you have your motive could be, so you can shoot them from above. You can also try some shots looking wistfully out of the window.

experiment with the lighting. Natural light from a window is your best bet to do so, shots in the vicinity of you is a good place to start. But maybe there is a cool lamp that you can use as a single, moody give a light source, some of the artistic drama to the shot. You could also take a LED light panel from Amazon and you are trying your own lighting.


Okay, it’s not the greatest image of food in the world, but I’m pretty limited to what I can cook right now, and the omelette was at least more attractive than the baked beans I had yesterday. I put the plate on an attractive table-top, near a window and shot directly with my iPhone.

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3. Still life scenes

Still life with many different types of shots — from the bright and airy top-down shots of a nice salad or freezer meal that you have made, product photos from your laptop, play games controller, new shoes, or in fact anything that you think might be good to photograph. could You could also just grab a nice selection of things from around your house, that, when art is arranged, may for a beautiful image.

The lighting principles are pretty much the same as with your portraits. You are using windows where possible, as these are likely to be the biggest, brightest light sources in your house. Food photographers regularly use the natural light in your To hold images that a realistic lifestyle look for your shots. Play around with where you are positioning your subjects and try shooting from different angles to get the light in exactly the right place. 

4. You make a short film

a short film Make a big can be fun to think like you several different elements of the production. First, of course, is what should go in your movie. Maybe you want to try and film a gritty crime drama with her family as the actors. Maybe it is to your pet cat, and the things you during the day. 

My short film all about the process of making a beautiful Cup of tea was. After deciding on what movie I wanted to make, I thought then, what will be involved for steps, filming the process. For your crime drama, that would be, to write if you have a script and figuring out what shots you need to put it all together. 

Make a Cup of tea is a very formal procedure, to know what was to movies is simple: fill the kettle with water, wait for them to cook, pour the water, and so on. I added some extra scene-setting footage at the beginning and a closing shot of me, enjoying the tea I had made.

It was shot exclusively on my iPhone 11 Pro, with a precious crown slider lets you create smooth, sliding motion, in order to give your recordings, and an anamorphic lens of the moment, the cinematic wide aspect ratio look. I edited in Adobe Premiere on my MacBook Pro ($1,010 in the case of Amazon), but you can phone easy to edit your own movie in iMovie directly on the iPhone, or Adobe Premiere Rush on your Android.

I enjoyed the process, as it forced me to think not only about the angle and the lighting, I would in my normal photography, but also tell the story of how visually a story that made sense, someone watching. It was great fun, will try more experiments with my shooting and editing style, too, so it was definitely a good way to spend a couple of hours at home, on a quiet afternoon. 


The unprocessed image (left), next to the final version (right). I used the iPhone’s long exposure mode blur the water, then used different color to create tools in Lightroom mobile, the look you see here.

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5. Work on your editing

you may not be able to go and shoot a whole bunch of new pictures, but that does not mean you can not make great use of the images you already have completed. 

Both the Android and iOS app stores are full of apps that offer a wealth of creative options for editing your images, with a seemingly infinite number of filters, frames and funky flair, you can apply. 

Snapseed is a favorite of mine, and it’s free on both platforms. It has a variety of color filters available (including those that give your scene a punchy “HDR” look and a more vintage sound options), but it also provides more in-depth editing tools, such as the ability to selectively color the brightness in exactly the areas you want. You can also be more creative with apps like Photofox, and Bazaart, I used both the self-portrait above in this article. 

My advice is, if you have a browse through your gallery on your phone, the a look back at the weeks, months, or years of recordings that you have recorded. You can select those that really stand out as your favorites, make yourself at home on your sofa with your drink of choice, a fire, a few editing apps and go into the city on your recordings. 

Not only might you breathe some creative new life into the photos you had long forgotten, but you can also learn some valuable new techniques to implement, when you get to finally be able to shoot again.

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