8 Useful Smartphone Photography Tips

Whether you shoot with a DSLR or an aging smartphone, a good photographer can capture awe-inducing images. We at PhotoConcierge, firmly believe that great photography is not limited by the gear you own. Smartphones these days offer state-of-the-art features allowing you to capture stunning images. Here are a few things to keep in mind before you start clicking on your smartphone.

  1. Keep the lens clean
Photo by: Raghav Sethi

Photo by: Raghav Sethi

Repeat the mantra over and over again. A clean camera lens will ensure that your images are crystal clear. If your images are hazy or dark, chances are that your lens has accumulated dust and grime. Wipe the lens with a soft cloth regularly. Use a lens cleaning solution once in a while. A clean lens can make a whole lot of difference to your images.

  1. Follow the rule of thirds
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Photo by: PhotoConcierge

Composition can make or break your image. Follow the rule of thirds to create visually pleasing images. Most smartphones have a setting to place the grids on the screen while photographing. Place your subject at one of the points of intersection and notice the difference for yourself.

  1. Ditch the flash
Photo by: Raghav Sethi

Photo by: Raghav Sethi

Smartphone flashes almost always spoil a photograph. They are extremely bright and cause images to appear blurry and badly-lit. They also mess up the colour temperature. Shoot with natural light or look for an additional light source in low-light conditions to capture good photographs. For instance, if you are at a concert, shoot when the lighting is bright. If you are shooting outdoors, carry DIY reflectors or white posterboards to illuminate the subject.

  1. Use good photo-editing apps
Photo by: Raghav Sethi

Photo by: Raghav Sethi

Photo editing apps are available in plenty these days. They allow you to crop, retouch, enhance colours, play with exposure, add filters and adjust a variety of other elements of a photograph. Keep in mind while editing that it’s always better to crop rather than zoom into an image. Also, avoid using filters as they are extremely common. Edit your images to create your own style of smartphone photography.

  1. Get close to the subject
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Photo by: Karen Richards

Avoid using the zoom feature on your smartphone as much as possible. Zooming can reduce the image quality considerably. Instead, go close to the subject and fill the viewfinder. Remember that your smartphone does not provide the same opportunities as a DSLR does. You need get creative with your shots.

  1. Shoot from different angles
Photo by: Raghav Sethi

Photo by: Raghav Sethi

Smartphones provide you with the flexibility of shooting from a variety of angles. Use it to your advantage and experiment with various perspectives. Get on your knees, climb a building or lay on the ground… The possibilities are limitless.

  1. Go minimalist
Photo by: Manasa Boggaram

Photo by: Manasa Boggaram

Less is always more. Focus on empty spaces, coloured surfaces, leading lines, negative space and textures to capture gripping minimalist images. Try to tell a thought provoking story by using minimal compositional elements.

  1. Use HDR sparingly
Photo by: Manasa Boggaram

Photo by: Manasa Boggaram

Avoid using HDR while shooting all your images. Although it can help you get a balanced exposure, it can make some of your images look very off. Ideally, when it gets complicated to get the right exposure, shoot plenty of images with and without the HDR. This will give you plenty of options to choose from.

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