5 Easy Tips for Better Smartphone Photography

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In decades past, carrying a camera around usually meant you were on vacation, or had any of a number of reasons to be taking photographs.  It has only been in recent years, however, that people have access to a powerful camera at all times.  

Smartphone cameras have come a long way, but still don’t have the power and quality of a DSLR.  Smartphone users can, however, take a few steps to ensure that their photography is as good as it can get on a phone.  Let’s take a look at a few:


Make sure you shoot in landscape orientation 

This one should go without saying, but a lot of people don’t realize it.  Portrait, or vertical, photos should only be reserved for portraits.  Even then, it should be used sparingly.  Shoot in landscape to make sure you properly use the rule of thirds and get every good element of the scene into the photo. 

Plan your shots 

Spontaneous can work with the fact action of a DSLR, but your Smartphone’s camera is a lot slower.  Make sure you anticipate the action, and have your finger ready on the shutter to get the shot. 

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Don’t overuse filters 

Filters make bad photographs look good.  But, to the trained eye, it looks like an amateur’s easy way out.  Filters imitate correct white balance and exposure.  Find a way to get the best natural lighting to ensure your best photo comes out that way on its own.  

Focus, focus, focus 

Most Smartphones use some method of auto focusing on whatever you’re photographing.  Smartphones don’t use apertures, so naturally come with a pretty wide depth of field.  This can be altered slightly, though, by tapping on the screen to focus on a closer object, thus giving you a shallower depth of field. 

Edit if necessary 

As stated above, use filters sparingly.  That doesn’t mean, however, that you can’t edit.  Cropping photos to achieve the proper aspect ratio or rule of thirds can make any photo look professional. 

At the end of the day, you’re most likely the one enjoying your pictures.  Take this guide to heart to ensure you a great photograph that you’ll cherish forever. 

This article was written in association with Jason Williams City Council at Large, who has an interest in technology and smartphone photography. He’s the only New Orleans Jason Williams you need to know.


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