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5 Tips for taking better photos with your Smartphone

I’ve been trying to up my photography game for awhile now. I am really lucky because I get the chance to review some super smartphones. However, snapping off my phone is still something I’ve been trying to improve on for some time. I’m still nowhere near where I need to be skill wise but I have picked up some tips and tricks along the way. Here are 5 tips for taking better photos with your smartphone that might help you.

Don’t zoom

5 Tips for taking better photos with your Smartphone

This is like rookie error numero uno and one I’m constantly guilty of. Don’t zoom! When you zoom the image pixelates considerably and that is actually because most phones don’t really zoom but rather just enlarge the image on your screen. It is better just to take the picture and then crop. Else, get closer!

Clean the lens

5 Tips for taking better photos with your Smartphone

Your phone is in your handbag, in and out of your hands and constantly being put and removed from your pocket. The Lens gets dirty. You’ll take a photo that appears to have a blur or a weird lighting effect when in actual fact it is just because your Lens isn’t clean. So clean it regularly – simple!

Visit the iStore Makers Blog

5 Tips for taking better photos with your Smartphone

iStore Makers is the new evolution of the original iPhoneography concept that started a good few years ago. Basically, if you own an Apple device you can take photos or create art and then enter it in to a monthly competition to win iStore vouchers. However if, like me, you’re looking to up your photography game then the iStore Makers Blog is a great place to visit. They get some of the top entrants and smartphone photography experts to share tips and tricks with you.

Rule of Thirds

5 Tips for taking better photos with your Smartphone

A few years ago I had the opportunity to visit San Francisco for an Intel event. There I had the opportunity to meet an incredibly talented cameraman from Sky News Arabia. His eye for an incredible image was unbeatable and he was the first to teach me about the Rule of Thirds. Most smartphones give you the option to include visible grid lines on your screen. These grids break the image into nine equal parts. The concept is that if you ensure your main subjects are along the grid lines your image will look better.

Use Apps

5 Tips for taking better photos with your Smartphone

It isn’t cheating! There are so many fantastic photography apps you can use to improve your images. A few years back top African instagrammer Gareth Pon shared which ones he uses with one of the Tech Girl contributors. There are a few other options in this post as well (plus it will make you giggle so worth the read either way).

Do you have any Smartphone Photography tips to add? Drop them in the comments below so we can all learn! 

 

 

16 Comments

  • Reply The Blessed Barrenness February 14, 2017 at 12:21

    The rule of thirds was probably the most important tip I picked up a few years ago, from Jozi photographer, Jenty! It totally transforms your photos.
    Also, great tip on the lens cleaning. I often have this problem!

    • Reply Sam Wright February 15, 2017 at 06:40

      I’m pretty useless at the rule of thirds but I still try use it where I can. Your photos are looking incredible friend. I need to come to you for lessons!

      • Reply The Blessed Barrenness February 15, 2017 at 08:46

        Also, wanted to ask. What do you use to clean your phone lens? Because a lick and a wipe with the back of my t-shirt isn’t always good enough!

        • Reply Sam Wright February 16, 2017 at 06:26

          One of those fancy Sunglass and Laptop screen clothes. Works like a charm

  • Reply Bradley February 15, 2017 at 01:40

    I get my Photography Tips straight from the portal via my Xperia Device. There you have videos and tips from expert international award winning phtographers showing how to take incredible shots with your device. My best tip, that I love, is the background defocus shots.

    • Reply Sam Wright February 15, 2017 at 06:39

      That is very very useful! Jade is busy reviewing an Xperia so will ask her to check it out. Saying that, I heard a rumour that Sony Mobile is pulling out of SA. Do you know anything about that?

  • Reply mademoisellenomad February 15, 2017 at 01:48

    Great article here. And so glad it’s for the iPhone. As a minimalist and full-time nomad, I cannot contemplate a life of dragging the heavy DSLR. I’ve been taking most of my pics with the phone, why not. I sync it with my iCloud photos so I can work on them on my computer when I’m adding pics to blogposts.

    • Reply Sam Wright February 15, 2017 at 06:36

      Are you using the iPhone 7? I feel like my 6s is good but not iPhone 7 good. Saying that, I have a small little Canon that works a treat and isn’t too much of a lug. But I do agree, slugging cameras around is a mission of note. Glad you found the post helpful!

      • Reply mademoisellenomad February 15, 2017 at 12:28

        Hey Sam, yes I recently got a 7. And also recently discovered the grid lol, a bit slow on the tech side, hence why I love your blog. Keep at it x

        • Reply Sam Wright February 16, 2017 at 06:26

          Thanks so much (for finding this little spot on the internet useful). Is the 7 amazeballs? I want it so bad!

          • mademoisellenomad February 16, 2017 at 10:44

            I’m super stoked with it. So yes! Only issue I’m having is that it’s probably heavier than my last old iPhone 📱 as I’m having digital nomad wrist pain. That or I must exercise my wrist haha

          • Sam Wright February 16, 2017 at 18:15

            Wrist exercises. We’ve reached that point in our lives!

          • mademoisellenomad February 16, 2017 at 20:35

            I kid you not. Ever heard of the thumb issue? Neither had I. Until I was diagnosed with “digital thumb issue”. Do you ever have that?

          • Sam Wright February 17, 2017 at 06:30

            A digital thumb issue? No. What is that even?

          • mademoisellenomad February 16, 2017 at 10:45

            GET IT! Bought mine in Dubai for a bit cheaper than in SA.

          • Sam Wright February 16, 2017 at 18:16

            Okay so just need to get to Dubai 😉

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