photo tip: taking better smartphone photos

All professional photographers will tell you that often what matters more than how nice your camera is, is how you know how to use it. As the saying goes, “the best camera is the one you have with you.”

For example, there are some simple techniques that can help you take better smartphone photos:



1) Ditch the zoom

Smartphones like the iPhone and the Nexus do not use an “optical zoom”. It’s a digital zoom instead, so the image quality is not great. Instead, use your feet (that, is move closer to what you are shooting) or crop the photo later using photo editing software.


2) Ditch the flash

At this time, most smartphones use a flash similar to an LED flashlight – it uses less power, and is more compact and can be crammed into the phone. As a result, the light produced by the flash doesn’t have much range and is quite bright, overpowering the CCD and washing out the photo.


3) Wait for the right moment to take a shot

Not many people realise the camera snaps when you release your finger, not when you tap. Knowing this helps to make sure you capture exactly the right moment – not the one just after the one you want.


4) Keep your lens clean

We all tend to store our phone in our pocket, and pockets are dirty! The lint and other gunk that accumulates in your pockets will make its way onto the camera lens of your smartphone. Unsurprisingly, this will affect the quality of your photos.

Try a can of compressed air to get rid of the worst grit, or some lens-cleaning solution and a Q-tip to get rid of any sticky film that develops.


5) Print out your photos

Photos are rapidly becoming disposable and forgettable, but all photographers interested in improving their technique need the ability to reflect on their photos. The best way to do this is to print them out! Check out this selection of professional photobooks and get some inspiration.


By the way…

Check out our cool video editing app for Android. If you have an Android phone, most likely our app is loaded on your phone. It’s really powerful and does a lot of cool tricks, right on your phone.

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