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17 Smartphone Photography Tips To Help You Shoot Like A Pro

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article by Marisa D. Aceves

Want to be a photographer?
Do you dream about having a solo show of your award-winning artwork?
Hearing about the results you can get from the latest two-thousand dollar DSLR can make you sigh in agitation and hopelessness.
You know you don’t have that kind of money.
But, giving into despair is futile.
Here’s one thing that can give you hope.
You’ve got a powerful photography tool in your pocket, your smartphone!

What is smartphone photography; why is it so popular?
Smartphone photography is simply photography taken with your smart(mobile) phone. Its’ popularity is no mystery. The easy accessibility and lower cost of smartphones help them surpass DSLRs in sales. With today’s smartphone camera technology, you can achieve stunning results with a high-quality, decent range of print sizes. Social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter have also increased the use of cell phone cameras. Uploading and sharing pictures has never been easier!

If you love photography, the best time to start is NOW!
Take advantage of these useful tips and resources to make the most of your smartphone accessories.

1.  Know The Features And Limitations Of Your Brand And Model Of Smartphone

Not all smartphones are created equal. The features on your friends’ Android may be different than those on your iPhone. Even within the same brand, camera features vary. For example, according to iMore, a popular iPhone photography website, Apples’ iPhone 11 has a dual-lens rear camera system with ultra-wide cameras perfect for shooting amazing landscapes and street scenes. Only the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max Models carry a telephoto lens. It’s important to know when to make adjustments.

Here are some videos and articles comparing Apple and Android models to help you make the best decision for your individual needs:

Galaxy S10 Plus vs iPhone 11 Pro Max – Winner Decided!

iPhone 11 ULTIMATE Camera Features!!! – You Must Try!!

Articles:

When to use each camera lens on iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro: iPhone Photography Tips & Tricks

 

2. Make Sure Your Lens Is Clean

You take your smartphone everywhere. Eventually, the camera lens is going to get dirty.
To prevent unsightly smudges, marks, and specks of dirt from diminishing the quality of your photographs, keep your lens or lenses clean.

Magic Fiber, sells an affordable and easy to use microfiber cloth you can purchase here:

Magic Fiber Micro Fiber Cleaning Cloths Pack

 

3. Avoid Using The Zoom Feature

Except for macro shots, avoid digital zoom on your camera. Using the digital zoom tool can produce grainy, low-quality photographs. Instead of using the zoom, get closer to your subject.

 

4. Understand Light, Exposure and Perspective 

Learn how light affects your subject. Using a broader light source creates a softer lighting effect.
It reduces contrast, minimizes texture, and softens shadows. Light will change its’ appearance depending on whether the light source is closer or farther away from the subject.

Popular Photography’s tutorial will show you how to use light to your advantage:

Top 10 Photography Lighting Facts You Should Know

Understanding light without learning about exposure paints an incomplete picture. Exposure changes the look, feel, and development of your photographs.

Master aperture, ISO, and shutter speed with these helpful articles:

Camera Exposure

Understanding The Exposure Triangle

Exposure Tips In Photography

Studying perspective allows you to see both the objects or subjects in a picture plane from different vantage points and their relationships to one another. It improves the composition of your photographs.

For example, if you shoot an object or subject from above (aka. shooting downwards), you are looking down at it. The compositions that result from using this technique help your viewers to better connect with your subject. It’s especially useful for shooting food photography or portraits.
Shooting from an extreme side angle achieves the illusion of uneasiness and greater depth.

Read Photography Pro’s article for the latest tips and tricks to improve perspective in your photography:

Perspective Photography

 

5. Choose The Right Smartphone Accessories

Increase what your cellphone camera can do. Invest in some must-have smartphone accessories.
Tripods, lighting kits, and lens attachments make it possible for you to shoot pictures you’d take with your DSLR.

Check out Expert Photography’s iPhone equipment list to help you find what you’re looking for:

Iphone Camera Accessories

 

6. Experiment With Different Photography Themes 

Don’t know what to photograph? Photography theme prompts are the solution. Prompts are words and phrases that spark ideas for the creation of a photograph such as nature, family, cars, people, etc.

Visit iPhone Photography School to discover ways to increase your creativity:

Photography Themes

 

7. Take Advantage of The Self Timer 

Are you sick of using your hands to take a photo? Your smartphones’ self-timer will save the day.
Take portraits, landscapes, and macro photography with ease.

Explore your options with Expert Photography’s article on how and when to use the self-timer tool:

iPhone Photo Timer

 

8. Try Different Shooting Modes

Experiment with the camera modes on your smartphone. Night Mode will help you shoot striking dark scenes. Portrait Mode allows you to capture engaging portraits. HDR Mode enhances details in the dark and light areas in your photographs.

To create unforgettable pictures with the modes on your camera, read Iceland Photo Tours’ excellent article:

How to Use Smartphone Camera Modes For Amazing Landscape Photography

 

9. Understand How to Edit and Process Your Images

Editing doesn’t fix bad photographs. It enhances strong ones. Aim for better quality photos before you edit.

To discover the best way to edit while preserving your pictures, use Expert Photography’s handy guide:

Photo Editing Tips For Smartphones

 

10. Perfect Composition

Understanding the arrangement and location of objects in a photo is key to great photography. Master the rules of composition, and you are on your way to breathtaking pictures.

Improve your understanding with Photo Workout’s guide to conquering composition:

Smartphone Photography Compositon

 

11. Use Photography Apps 

From photo editing to changing color and lighting, free and paid photo apps magnify what you can do with your humble smartphone.

Sample a variety of sweet photo apps mentioned in this stellar Pixpa article by Gurpreet Singh:

Photography Apps

 

12. Buy A Smartphone With A Great Camera 

Not everyone buys the best smartphone available. Sometimes, your budget gets in the way of your dreams. However, with a little bit of creativity and a lot of planning, your best photos are possible.

If you’re considering buying a new camera, here are some options for you to consider:

Best Smartphone

 

13. Learn to Shoot RAW 

The term RAW refers to an unedited digital photograph. RAW files are larger and not ready for sharing or printing. While you have to edit RAW files, they are easier to adjust than JPEG.

Shoot RAW with this great Popular Science article:

Take RAW Photos With Your Phone

 

14. Steady Your Camera

If you prefer sharp pictures, avoid blur. To solve this problem, use both hands to hold your phone, keeping your elbows to your sides. Rest your phone on a sturdy object or use the burst function to prevent shake.

Use Eye Ems guide to prevent blurred photos:

How To Avoid Taking Blurry Pictures With Your Smartphone

If you lack a steady hand and you have a love of gadgets, reach for a tripod. Find a tripod that suits your needs with Gear Hungry’s expert review:

Best Smartphone Tripods

 

15. Try A Variety of Lens Filters To Create Mood

Lens filters allow you to shoot incredible photos while avoiding a large amount of editing. Haze lens filters reduce UV light making images warmer. They prevent them from appearing washed out. Polarizing lens filters eliminate glares and reflections, which makes them perfect for nature scenes and landscape photos.

If you plan on using filters, familiarize yourself with Photos With Phones valuable guide:

Smartphone Camera Lens Filters Guide

 

16. Shoot In Black and White

Shooting in black and white gives your photos a film noir edge. Compositions that focus on light, shape, form, and leading lines greatly benefit from a monochromatic treatment. Rich shadows come to life; textures hold mystery; nature becomes poetic.

Learn more about black and white photography, read Eric Kims’ how-to article:

How To Shoot Black And White Photos On Your Phone

 

17. Take Advantage Of Photographic Opportunities

Finally, never shy away from discovering engaging subjects to photograph! Try creating a street photography series from a different perspective! Produce a photo essay providing winning insight into the lives of people connected to an underground community! Record your immediate family history as you live it!

The best photos come from a healthy combination of skill and creativity! You might be surprised at the results you can achieve. For more information about how to expand your photography knowledge, check out my recent article on the top seven websites to learn photography.

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Marisa D. Aceves. “Optical H”. Digital Photography. 2018.

To view or purchase my work, please visit acevesart.com .

“H” is the eighth letter of the alphabet. It was the layout of the first house I lived in. You can imagine my surprise when after minutes of carefully arranging sections of blind photos a familiar yet distant character emerged. I hadn’t planned the “H”, but somehow it’s a small though significant part of my experience. Even stranger still, it’s the eighth addition to my series.

Feel free to check out the whole series here and tell me what you think!

Have a great weekend!

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Marisa D. Aceves. Crimson Rectangle. Digital Photography. 2018.

To view more of my work, please visit acevesart.com .

Chilly winter weather sent us to the camping section of our local superstore. After traveling down a few isles, we found the perfect material to cover our windows to keep out the cold. It was thin, lightweight, reflective and easy to transport. Once we got it home, we had to unfold it and trim to fit the individual areas we wanted to cover. During that laborious process, I spotted the perfect opportunity to take a shot. The light was breaking on it’s shiny surface as it collected the many colors of the room. After a little bit of strategic photo editing, the secret life of this object emerged. The end result looked like a colorful, heavily textured abstract painting. New additions to this series will be added in the weeks to come. Be sure to check the my website for more details.

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Marisa D. Aceves. Pineapple Composition: Fire. Digital Photography. 2016.

To view more of my work please visit acevesart.com .

This is the week of Christmas Eve and the fourth week of our Christmas Countdown! Here’s a favorite object my sister gave me a couple of years ago because she thought it might make a great picture!

What does this object remind you of?

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Marisa D. Aceves. Metallic Star Flower. Digital Photography. 2017.

To view more of my work please visit acevesart.com .

We’re on the third weekend of our Christmas Countdown! This object was originally meant to be a part of our Christmas festivities. When we saw the object at the super store last year, we knew it would make the perfect addition to our holiday decor. Unfortunately, as beautiful as it was, it failed to solve our decorating dilemma. It’s now stored away in our garage somewhere, waiting patiently for a new home or a future appearance.

Can you guess what this object is?

What does it remind you of?

Inclusion in Artsy Shark Article: “ABSTRACT WORLD”

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Marisa D. Aceves. Optical Blind Wave. Digital Photography. 2017.

To view or purchase my work, please visit acevesart.com.

Excellent news! I’ve been currently included in an Artsy Shark Art Article, “Abstract World” ! Check it out! Enjoy! Have a wonderful weekend!

LIVE LIFE CREATIVELY!!! 🍾🎨

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Marisa D. Aceves. Optical Blind Wave 3. digital photography. 2017.

To check out more of my work, please visit acevesart.com.

Textured lines bend gracefully.

A line is lost; a line is found.

The ebb and flow of life culminates in the signature of a single fingertip.

Time imprints itself on men’s divided hearts.

 

What does this object remind you of?

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Marisa D. Aceves. Wave Body Formation (black and white). digital photography. 2017.

To view more of my work, please visit acevesart.com .

Winding metallic lines meet boldly.

Waves catch mid days light,

Holding their form,

Anticipating the curious.

Eyes still standing,

Encase the surrogate womb,

Sealing deep wells,

Impressing your mind.

 

What does this object remind you of?