Five ways to take better photos for The Collection by RiverHouse 11
Posted: Jul. 26, 2018

Bring your vision to life at RiverHouse 11, apartments in Weehawken, NJ.

Love, joy, sorrow, hope, beauty, longing…a simple photograph can capture so much.


But, sometimes our photos don’t measure up to our expectations, especially when we use a smartphone to take them. Here are a few tips to take the best pictures you can and maybe submit one of them to The Collection by RiverHouse 11.


Keep it clean.

Your lens, that is. Your phone is in your pocket, in your purse, in your bag, bumping around all day. Fingers also tend to smudge the glass, so do yourself a favor and give a quick wipe to your lens with a soft cloth before taking a photo you want to like.


Stay stable.

You can get perfect focus on your subject but, if your hand wobbles even a little, your snaps will be blurry. Consider a mount/tripod for that crisp, clean look to your images.


Don’t zoom.

Most cameras only have an optical zoom, which means you’re basically only cropping the photo before you take it. Go ahead and skip the zoom, you can crop later.


Take multiple shots.

We’re way past the days of film. There’s no reason not to snap a bunch of photos, just in case. One caveat: go back and look at your pictures and get rid of the ones you don’t want, or else your gallery will bloat with unneeded storage.


Obey the rule of thirds.

The previous tips were all about the setup. This tip will help the “creative” part of your photography. Using the Rule of Thirds to help compose your shots will add drama and make better photos overall. The basic principle behind the rule of thirds is to imagine breaking an image down into thirds, both horizontally and vertically.

The idea is to place points of interest in the intersections or along the lines of the grid so your photo will be more balanced and, hopefully, more interesting to the viewer. This “rule” is more of a guideline and isn’t the only way to organize your composition, but it’s a good tool to have in your photo bag of tricks.


Go out and do it.

Hopefully, these tips will help,—but you can’t take a good photo unless you venture into the great world we live in and capture what calls to you. So, go, be inspired by the city, the water, the people…and check out The Collection by RiverHouse 11.


And, by all means, submit an entry for our latest contest (see the details here).