3 Tips to Become a Better Smartphone Photographer


Man Taking a Picture of Punakha Dzong, Punakha District, Bhutan

If you didn’t already know, smartphone photography is the new big thing! If a picture is worth a thousand words 140 characters, then images are literally taking over popular social media news feeds  And it’s not too hard to understand why. With advances in camera phone technology, more and more people are taking great pictures with their smartphones and producing some really high quality photos.  Some of the higher end models, such as Apple’s iPhone 5, offer 8 megapixels of clarity.

But great technology is only half of the equation when it comes to snapping quality shots. A good eye and good technique combine to make up the the other half. Here are three great tips that can help anyone take better smartphone photography!

1. Don’t underestimate the importance of lighting. You know the phrase, “lights, camera, action?” Well, there is a reason lights come first. It sets the tone for the whole shot. When it comes to outdoors, professionals will tell you that taking pics early in the morning or late in the evening can make the most boring shot look spectacular.

2. Digital zoom sucks. Unlike regular cameras (you know, the ones not attached to your phone), smartphone cameras don’t have optical zoom lenses. Instead they come with digital zoom, which merely enlarges pixels and actually reduces the images detail and quality when you use it. If you want a close up shot, try moving in as close as you can.

3. Want better candid shots? Try shooting from the hip. Hold your smartphone camera near waist-level and snap away. And try to be inconspicuous. If your subject knows your taking pics, the shots won’t be as candid.

With these simple tips, you should definitely notice an increase in quality of your smartphone photos. Another bit of valuable advice is to take as many shots of an image as you can. Sure, you’ll have a lot of bad photos, but you also increase your chances of snapping that perfect shot. And since it’s all digital, you can delete whatever you don’t like without wasting resources.

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