When you are bogged down in an admin day or chasing the children around, it’s hard to feel that you have done anything creative. You may not have time to take a breath, let alone feel that you’ve had the luxury of creative time. You haven’t noticed that you have been creative in a million little ways, but you have. When you found a solution to your child’s problem, when you made that meal, when you smiled, when you finished that spreadsheet. When you had a thought about how to do something better. Perhaps what you haven’t had time for, is the time to stop, slow and notice your creativity.
Sometimes you need those extra few seconds to breathe in that moment, so you can breathe out creativity again. Sometimes we need to be intentional about creating something that speaks to our souls.
A lot of us have a phone that takes photos. Taking a moment to take a photo is one way to notice that you are being intentionally creative. Here are some simple tips and apps to help you make pretty pictures.
Basic phone photos tips
Always shoot in good natural light, by a window or outside.
To avoid harsh shadows on a sunny day, use something to screen direct light, like a white sheet. This is my ever so fancy set up:
Think about the composition, what in the image is creating the frame, symmetry is always pleasing to the eye.
Think about the ‘grid’ of the image or divide it into thirds.
I often create ‘flat lays’ which are where you take a photo from above, of a still life that you have created on a flat surface. Not everything needs to be inside the frame, interesting photos often have items that are partially inside of the square.
Include some neutral space, think about the content in the picture, think about how people’s eyes will travel over the image.
Image editing apps
Sometimes an image may need some cropping or straightening. I use image editing apps to crop, straighten, adjust the brightness and contrast and more. I also use filters! These are the ones I use, they are affiliate links:
Snapseed – you can do a lot with this but when you are just starting it’s good for rotating photos, cropping, tuning the image (brightness, contrast) You can also add text in certain pre set styles.
ColorStory – has lots of different filters to add to your photos.
There are many apps out there for different ways to get creative with photos on your phone, these are just a few that I use.
Instagram boomerang app to create fun looping short videos.
Instagram layout to create grids of multiple photos
Giant square to divide a photo into multiple photos.
It is true though that Instagram and other social media can be detrimental to mental health and addictive. Read some tips here on how to use it healthily.
In the free gift store there are a range of free phone wallpapers for you to download, to get into the store get the password here: