How to Take Awesome Photographs with Your Smartphone?


Ruchi Gohri
By Ruchi Gohri | Last Updated on June 16th, 2020 8:23 am | 5-min read
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Phone cameras are becoming more innovative with each new generation while photo editing apps have become more spontaneous. Therefore, it’s no wonder that people are uploading millions of pictures on social media daily. Photography are the language of social media and phones are the tools. To make the best use of the progressively capable camera technology being put inside smartphones, you need to learn a few basic mobile photography tips and tricks.
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You might be thinking, why should you care about taking pictures using your phone? Or maybe why you need good photographs at all!

Well, let us take an example of a Boston company – Skyword. As per their study, content with pictures get 94 percent more of the total views than the content without.

Adding pictures to the press releases, blogs, and other content can result in more views. You can get more visits on your website if you include high-quality pictures in the content. Whether you are planning to create an Instagram account or want to click better photos of family gatherings, keep in mind these points as you elevate your mobile photography game.

Phone photography may seem intimidating, but we are here to help you dramatically improve your photos. In this article, we have compiled the major mobile photography tricks that can help you learn how to take good pictures with a phone.

  1. Set the Camera’s Focus
  2. Set the focus of the camera to ensure that the subject is clear and sharp. Even if your lens is seamlessly clean, sometimes the subject still shows blurred. It happens because sometimes the camera doesn’t focus where you want it to. Try setting up the focus point manually to make the subject look clear in the image.

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  3. Balance Your Shot Using Gridlines
  4. To improve your mobile photos, you can turn on your camera’s gridlines. This feature places lines on your screen based on a famous photographic composition principle – ‘rule of thirds’. The rule breaks down the image into thirds, both vertically and horizontally, which makes your image look in nine parts in total.

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    Check out how you can turn this option on in your smartphone.
    iPhone-

    • Go to ‘Settings’
    • Select ‘Photos & Camera’
    • Click on ‘Grid’ and turn it on.

    Android

    • Open Camera App
    • Go to ‘Settings’
    • Find the ‘Gridlines’ option and turn it on.

    Using gridlines, you can balance your shot when clicking pictures with your mobile phone. Lining up the subject along with the lines makes it look more balanced and pleasing to the eye.

  5. Capture Small Details
  6. To make your image compelling, always try to capture little and delicate details. A phrase you might have heard, ‘It’s the little things.’ Most of the time, it also applies to the images that you take. Capture the patterns and textures like a tile tabletop, a peeling paint, or a gravel road.
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    You can also try installing third-party camera apps to have additional clarity filters and sharpen tools to edit or sharpen the details in your image.

  7. Clean Your Lenses
  8. Your mobile phones don’t have a lens cap to protect the lenses from fingerprint smudges or all the lint in your pockets. It makes your phone camera all covered with the gunk that can lead to hazy and blurred images that no editing can fix. Try cleaning your camera lenses using a lens cloth and some cleaner.

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  9. Use Leading Lines
  10. Leading lines attract the viewer’s eye to a certain point in the frame. They can be straight or circular, such as building facades, staircases, roads, train tracks, or even a path through the woods.
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    Leading lines can create a sense of depth in an image, and help you make an image look purposefully designed, even if you clicked a cool shape by accident.

  11. Adjust Exposures and Brightness Levels
  12. Make sure your image has the perfect level of brightness. Try and adjust the exposure manually before you click a picture. Usually, there is a brightness level bar in the camera apps, and you need to tap on that bar to set the level. While making these changes, make sure that the important parts of the image are exposed correctly.

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  13. Focus on the Main Subject
  14. Many of the photos that you click include one main subject. Spend some extra time to set up the shot before you click a picture. Many experienced and professional photographers say that the main subject should not cover the entire picture frame and two-thirds of it should be negative space to help the subject stand out even more. Make sure you tap the camera screen to set up the focus on your subject which makes it focused on the optimized lightening.

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  15. Click Using Different Angles
  16. To make your photos more memorable you can also try taking them from different unique and unexpected angles. Doing this can create a magical impression of height or depth with the subjects. This impression also helps the picture stand out as most of the phone pictures are taken straight. For example, taking an image directly upward playing with the sky as negative space.

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  17. Look for Symmetry
  18. Symmetry can be defined as an indefinite sense of melodious and beautiful balance and proportion. Pictures with a pinch of symmetry can be extremely attractive to the eye. Symmetry is also one of the modest and most compelling ways to create a photo.
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    In the world of photography, symmetry means creating a picture that you can divide into two equal parts that show as a mirror image of each other.

  19. Use Natural Light
  20. It is hard to click a great picture using a flash. Most of the time, flash makes the objects in the picture look washed out and overexposed. Always try to find the sources of natural light, even after dark, to click an amazing picture. In this way, you will also get to play with shadows or to create an outline with other ambient sources of light such as traffic and surrounding buildings.
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    After clicking the photo, you can use an exposure tool in your preferred photo editing app to make the picture look slightly brighter, without making it too grainy.

  21. Use High Dynamic Range Mode
  22. High Dynamic Range mode is one of the popular features of almost every smartphone camera nowadays. It helps you bring details out of the lightest and darkest parts of your picture and create a better color steadiness overall.
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    The feature is mostly used for portrait and landscape shots, specifically when there’s a wide range between the lightest and darkest portions of the picture.

Conclusion

Keep learning and practicing is the key to smartphone photography. Good and high-quality images are vibrant to your content strategy. That was all about excellent mobile phone photography. I hope now you understand how to make the best out of your smartphone camera.

Before we end, let us understand just taking good pictures is not enough. You need to make them appealing and attractive for your content. Go through Appy Pie Academy’s Practical Photoshop Course to check out how you can make your photos look great!

You can also share your pictures by creating a photo sharing app using Appy Pie’s Photo Sharing App Builder.

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Ruchi Gohri
About The Author

Ruchi Gohri, content writer at Appy Pie, has penchant for writing. With over 4 years of experience, she plays around with words elegantly, crafting simple content for all to read. In her free time, she loves her couch either to read or catch on her sleep.

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