Tips on Taking Photos With Mobile Phones

Remember when our parents would document every part of vacation with a huge camera hanging from their neck?

Now whole vacations are documented on featherweight phones and tablets.

The good news is, the fundamentals of photography remain the same, even when you’re taking pictures with a cell phone.

“If you know what you’re doing, you can get some high-quality results from the default camera app on your iPhone or Android device,” writes David Neild of Gizmodo.

Below, Verizon wireless offers some suggestions for taking photos with your smartphone.

  • Remember the rule of thirds. The rule of thirds is an old rule of photography that teaches us to avoid putting an object in the center of the picture. Instead, break the frame into three equal sections horizontally and vertically.
  • Pay attention to lighting. Natural light will almost always produce a better shot with realistic color than a photo taken with the flash. When indoors or when shooting on a cloudy day, use strong artificial lights. Consider using a large piece of white poster board or a dashboard sunshade to help enhance any natural light.
  • Crop, don’t zoom. You’ll get better resolution by cropping an existing image rather than zooming in on it.
  • Put people in your pictures. Sure, a lakeshore or sunrise can be pleasantly picturesque, but adding individuals to those landscapes makes for more personal images. It also provides a sense of scale to the surroundings.
  • Clean lens, clean photos. Just as with a regular camera, a dirty lens makes for lousy photos. Keep the lens clean on your smartphone. Consider using a smartphone case to help protect the precious lens.
  • Use photo editing software. Take your photography skills to another level by incorporating photo editing software. There’s plenty of apps to choose from, though more advanced programs exist on laptop and desktop computers. Simply save the images onto your memory card or transfer them via email file-sharing service.
  • Keep the phone steady. “For a lot of mobile photos, a steady hand is crucial—particularly in low light situations where your phone is going to struggle to get light into the lens. You can buy mobile tripods if you want to get the best results, but it’s just another thing to carry around,” Neild said. “If you don’t have a tripod then use something else to keep your phone steady: a wall, a table, a mantelpiece. The self-timer in the camera apps for Android and iOS can help too, letting you leave your phone up on a shelf somewhere without having to get behind it.”