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8 DIY Smartphone Photography Tricks You Must Try

Here are 8 DIY tips and tricks for you Smartphone photography fans to experiment with.

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For those of you who enjoy taking photos with your iPhone or Android devices, COOPH have put a series of tips together you won't want to miss. In the short tutorial, shown above, COOPH photographer Richard Schabetsberger demonstrates some creative smartphone photography tips & tricks in Salzburg, Austria which includes advice on capturing aerial shots, using sunglasses to balance an exposure, adding frames for interest and creating pinhole effects. 


1. Aerial Photography With A Smartphone 

Take one tank of helium, an industrial balloon and fishing wire outside with your Smartphone and remote trigger. Next, fill the balloon with the helium and use the fishing wire as a cable and attach your Smartphone to it. Let the balloon float up then use a shutter remote to fire your Smartphone's camera shutter button. 


Aerial shot


2. Sunglasses As Filters 

Gradient sunglasses are a useful tool to have when the sky's much brighter than the lower parts of your image as they can be used to balance your exposure. 


Sunglasses filter shot


3. Pinhole Photography With A Smartphone 

Find a tiny square of card, make a hole in it with a pin and place this over your Smartphone's camera lens. Add some filters if you want to give your images even more of a vintage twist. 


Pinhole photography


4. Create A 3D Frame 

To give your images a creative twist, cut out your own cardboard frame. Richard uses a Polaroid style one, but it can be of any shape and colour. Place it over your subject so you can still see the surroundings and you basically have a photo in a photo. 


Frame in a frame


5. Tiny Planet Technique 

Capture a panorama, many Smartphones have this feature built in, download a 'tiny planet' app and create your very own tiny planet from a panorama. 


Tiny planet


6. High-Key Portraits

You first need to lock exposure by holding your finger to your Smartphone's screen and not letting go. Do this over a dark piece of card, paper etc. so once you bring your model in, the sensor thinks the scene is darker than it actually is and the exposure won't change. Then just have fun capturing your portraits. 


High-key portraits


7. Inception Selfie

Capture a variety of images you can use to create photos within photos with. Basically, you hold the camera with the image you want to use up to your face so you are combining portraits. 


Inception Selfie


8. DIY Projector

Take a lens or magnifying glass and make a hole in a box that's big enough for it to sit in. Secure the lens / magnifying glass in place then put your phone upside down inside the box (you will need something to support it). Find a blank wall you can sit your projector in front of, press play, close the lid and see your shots appear on the wall. 


DIY Projector


You can see more cool tutorials by COOPH, such as their ultimate travel photography guide, over on the COOPH Youtube channel. If you do try any of the above techniques, do post your results in the comments section below. 

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