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8 Fun & Creative Smartphone Photography Tips You Can Easily Try At Home

Learn how to get the most out of your smartphone's camera settings so you can shoot kick-ass photos that are bursting with creativity.

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The awesome COOPH team are out taking photos with smartphones again but this time, they've teamed up with photographer Richard Schabetsberger to bring you their top tips. 

In the above video tutorial, COOPH picks out a few fun and simple concepts that anyone can shoot and then challenge their guest photographer, Richard Schabetsberger, to see what he can come up with.

The team and Richard are using the Huawei Mate 10 Pro smartphone, which we've just featured in a new Vs article, but you can apply the tips to any smartphone that has a camera built-in (what smartphone doesn't nowadays?). 

They're all easily achievable from home. Here are the 8 fun ideas the COOPH team have come up with this time for a photoshoot:


1. Twisted Head Trick

You need someone with long hair for this as it involves them covering their face with their hair, popping a hat on and posing for the camera. Cousin it, eat your heart out!


Hair portrait


2. The Double Lens

Hold a camera lens in front of your smartphone's camera lens and focus on the foreground to create a soft, out of focus foreground that frames the sharp portrait captured in the lens you are holding. The portrait will be upside down but you can flip it, if you want to, in Photoshop. 


Double lens photo


3. Capture Smoke

Light some incense, use a black background for contrast and light the smoke from the side with a lamp. Adjust the aperture or shutter speed in the camera app you are using (you can download third-party camera apps if your smartphone's native camera app doesn't have them, built in) and hit the shutter button. Do this a few times as the smoke patterns will change. 


Smoke photography


4. Rainbow Portraits

For this, you need a glass prism, a strong light source and someone to hold them for you. You then need to ask your assistant to shine the light through the prism and onto your subject's face so you can capture them in a rainbow. The technique works best in low light so switch to manual settings if you can to optimise contrast. 


Rainbow portrait



5. Kaleidoscope Lens

Buy a kaleidoscope but remove the beads and outer lens from it then shoot through it to warp the image you capture. 


Kaleidoscope Lens


6. Shoot With Shadows

Aim a torch or a lamp at a white background or plain wall and cast shadows on it. Get creative and use shadows to tell a story. You can even use props to create interesting shapes. 

Shoot With Shadows



7.  Move Your Mirror

Take a mirror from inside out and get creative with reflections. You can capture shots with yourself in them or position yourself so you're just capturing the landscape or subject and landscape in the mirror itself. 


Mirror photography



8. Clingfilm Portraits

Take some clingfilm and shoot through it to give your portraits texture. You can also shoot in black and white to really exaggerate the texture of the plastic.


Clingfilm Portraits 

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