Let’s face it! The camera we have with us ALL THE TIME is the one in our mobile phones. Because we take them everywhere with us. Because is light, compact and easy to carry around.
But most of the time the photos we take with our phones don’t usually come out as we expect them to. Either it is because we are way to used to using our DSRL cameras, or whether it is because we have a hard time with phone photography in general, I wanted to share some tips based on my own experience. You can take great photos with your phone!
Here are some tips on how to improve your phone photography:
Natural light is your friend!
Sunlight is the best, most beautiful light for your photos. Try to avoid taking photos with flash and lamps. It’s very difficult to manage a well illuminated image with artificial light. So any time you want to take a photo with your phone, turn the flash off and walk to the nearest window. Either is a photo of your meal, a selfie or your cat, natural light is alwas the best option. A falsh will make your subject flat and create strange shadows and non-flaterring shapes. Natural light, specially the one in the late afternoon, is soft and very flattering.
Use the zoom
Mobile phone camera lenses tend to have very wide angles. Sometimes that makes it difficult to find a different point of view or a good frame composition. That’s why it’s very wise to remember that we have the option to zoom in and play with it to find different angles!
Take care of the background
I know. This one applies to overall photography. BUT, when it comes to mobile photography we don’t get tired of seeing photos in bathrooms where the toilet decorates the background. I think this happens because, in general, people are not careful with the quality of their phone photos. So, please, when you decided to take a photo for your Instagram account or your profile, be conscious of what appears on the background. It will improve the final result SO much and you will be happier with it too!
Develop your photos
By this I don’t mean to just throw an Instagram filter. Most phones (all of them) have a few, very basic photo developing tools. After you snap, take a few minutes to play with these tools and give some love to your images. You can usually adjust exposure, light temperature, highlights and shadows. On top of giving a more final look, your images will be more personalized and you can begin developing your own style.
I hope these few advices are of use to you! It’s important that we know how to take full advantage of our phone’s cameras as we have it with us at all times. i have to admit it kind of scares me to take photos with my phone sometimes, because I don’t practice it very often and I’m afraid I wont get the result I was hoping for. But when I decided to write this post I took a few minutes to get into it and managed great shots.
Ir’s all about keeping your curious eye, Learn and practice every day!
(Thanks to my models of the day!)
7 thoughts on “Tips to improve mobile photography!”
A catchy post, I liked it very much. Useful, easy tips for everyone. I also love the pics. I really get frustrated when I see a beautiful scenery and when I shoot, the pic looks like cr… well nothing similar to what my eyes behold…
Thank you, Kristina! I’m happy you found it useful. I know! It’s very frustrating when we don’t get the shot we were hoping for. When I was taking these photos, it took me a while to get a grip on using my phone camera. But it just takes practice!
Yes, I agree with you. Practice is the mother of the skill mastering. 🙂
Thanks for the tips! Surely going to try out some
I love this!! I feature tips and lessons on phone photography as well. It’s amazing with the cameras that are on phones today it really is possible to take a great photo you just gotta keep your eyes peeled and I agree that natural lighting is your friend! Lol
Absolutely! The most important tool in photography is the eye! As long as you are aware of your surroundings and eager to take great photos, the camera becomes secondary 🙂
Couldn’t agree more!