Most of the latest smartphones have amazing cameras in them capable of capturing professional grade photos. With just a few adjustments you can make your lifeless camera phone images look like beautiful compositions captured with a professional DSLR camera.
The following tips should help you develop your phone photography.
Learning how to compose an image may sound boring but it only takes 5 minutes to learn the basics and that can be all it takes to make a huge difference to your shots. The basics like the rule of thirds is an easy and quick practice to learn, I have previously gone into depth on the rules of composition if you want to learn more.
Many professional photographers apply a certain level of processing onto there images to make any adjustments and achieve the style they are after, so you should be doing the same with your phone photographs. There are many apps that you can use to make image adjustments, and I don’t just mean filters. By learning a bit about the actual adjustments you can make you will have more creative control over the image and even develop your own unique style to your images.
Learning what your smartphone’s camera software is capable of, they may sound obvious but you may be surprised at some of the operations that you didn’t even know about! One of the main operations that I recommend everyone know about is the HDR feature, this is especially good for landscape photography. I have previously written about HDR and how to use it.
Turn off Flash
Don’t use the flash! When you see a photo with a harsh flash it immediately looks amateurish, when professionals use a flash they will likely be using a diffuse on it so it acts more of a fill in the image. The flash on your phone tends to be an LED that is too bright and the color temperature makes the scene look ugly in most cases. So learn how to take photos without the flash and it will instantly make your photos look more professional.
Usually you can spot when a photograph has been taken with a phone, but where your smartphone really competes is with macro photography. Getting really close to a subject to photograph something small like flowers can produce some beautiful results, and because of the size of your camera phones image sensor it lends itself to this type of photography and you can achieve professional level results relatively simply.
Hopefully with these few handy tips you will soon be creating some fantastic images that will be hard to believe were captured using your smartphone.