Smartphone Photography Tips

Your smartphone provides a quick and convenient option to capture the highlights of your next vacation. Follow our helpful tips to improve your smartphone photography skills. 

Smartphones with cameras are ubiquitous. It has been estimated that in 2017 we took 1.3 trillion photos, 75% of which were taken with smartphones. But how many of those images were actually frame-worthy shots, and how many were deleted? Whether you’re shooting on a DSLR or your phone, following some general rules of composition can go a long way. Check out our article on Travel Photography to learn all about the rules of composition! 

Beyond the rules of composition you'll find in the above article, here are our smartphone photography tips to keep in mind while chasing that perfect shot.

  • Keep your phone in camera mode and in your hand. You really never know when the perfect picture might present itself, and you don’t want to miss it because you were fumbling to get your phone out of your pocket. You might even have a camera shortcut from your lock screen, try swiping up, down, left, or right to see what shortcuts show up! 
  • Don’t zoom. Zooming in can result in grainy or blurry images. If you feel like your subject is too small, get closer or crop the image later. Cropping will be your best friend later on. 
  • Don’t use your phone's flash, it tends to wreak havoc on a pictures' colors. If you’re shooting at night, look for sources of light in your environment – like streetlights and or store lights - and use those.
  • Where ever possible, avoid direct sunlight, especially in shooting portraits. Harsh light will washout your photos, and you will lose detail in dark shadows. Move your subject into the shade for better pictures. If you can't avoid the sun, always keep it to your back for your best shot.
  • Due to the fact that phone cameras tend to come with smaller sensors, they are well suited for taking close up shots. Experiment with capturing little things like the veins in a leaf, the intricate designs in marble, or the texture of a cobblestone street.
  • Try to shoot a range of subjects; including people, landscapes, food, and city scenes to make for more interesting photo albums down the line. 
  • Hold your phone with both hands to keep it as steady as possible to avoid blur or if you want to take it a step further consider buying an inexpensive tripod for your phone. It also helps to take a breath, hold it, then take your photo! 
  • Shoot photos in landscape whenever possible. It is easier to crop a landscape image into a portrait orientation than vice versa. 
  • Have fun!