9 Top Tips On Taking Good Photos With Smartphones

Want to take better smartphone photography? Here are 9 smartphone photography tips you need to ready today.

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The best camera is the one you have with you and as most people carry smartphones nowadays, this is the camera they're mostly taking photos with. We're not saying they're the best cameras in terms of quality but for most people who want to share photos on social media or indeed in ePHOTOzine's gallery, their smartphone produces perfect photos. 

With so many opting to capture images with their smartphone, The School of Photography has put together their top tips for perfecting smartphone photography and we're sharing their advice below. 

 

1. Capture Multiple Shots 

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"One of the best things about smartphone photography is that you can take as many photos as you want and there is no need to print them off to see the results. This makes it much easier to learn and improve from your results," says The School of Photography. 

 

2. Learn What Your Camera Can Do

Samsung Galaxy Note9 Camera (4) (Custom)

 

Take the time to know how to get the best out of your smartphone, even more so if there's a manual mode for you to get to grips with as you'll be able to capture even better photos if you have more control over the final result. 

 

3. Get Outside And Use Natural Light

Log Woods | 1/36 sec | f/1.7 | 4.4 mm | ISO 49
 

Indoor shots captured on smartphones just don't have the same quality as images captured outside as smaller sensors and the average low light performance leads them to struggle. However, outdoors with lots of natural light is ideal and you won't need to use flash either which is often way too strong. 

 

4. Avoid Digital Zoom

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We're not big fans of digital zoom and neither is The School of Photography as very few smartphones produce good results when you use digital zoom as it reduces the resolution of the image. Stick to optical or move your feet to get closer if you don't have an optical zoom built-in. 

 

5. Use HDR

Building | 1/2933 sec | f/1.7 | 4.4 mm | ISO 62
 

HDR adds detail to dark and light areas to provide an exposure that has better balance and most smartphones have this mode built-in. It's particularly good for landscape photography but some smartphones can over punch colour when using this mode so do check your shots. 

 

6. Use Editing Tools

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You have easy access to editing tools, whether in the cameraphone's built-in editor or by using more advanced phone apps like Snapseed so do put them to good use. Plus, many of the external apps are free to download and use which means you can experiment for free

 

7. The Rule Of Thirds

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Using the rule of thirds give a more natural feeling to the image and allows the eye to flow around the picture with ease. We've got plenty of tutorials on photography rules and the rule of thirds so do take a look at them to learn more. 

 

8. If Dark, Use A Support Or Flat Surface

Tripod Low Light | 1/7 sec | f/1.5 | 4.3 mm | ISO 500
 

Camera shake spoils shots so when your smartphone wants to use longer shutter speeds, or if it tries to use hight ISOs resulting in noise, prop it up on a flat surface or if you can, you could even use a mini tripod. 

 

9. Upgrading Your Smartphone

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It sounds obvious, but sometimes the best way to take better photos is to simply get a better phone and with so many now having a photography focus, you have plenty to choose from. Have a look at our 'top smartphones for photographers' article to see which smartphones we're recommending right now. 

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