1. Clean Your Lens
Think about how many places you take your phone with you. Add to that all the little fingers that touch your phone and it’s no surprise that your camera lens is dirty. Clean it off to capture better photos of those happy moments while you’re out and about. I was gifted a lens cleaning solution one year from Best Buy and would suggest the product. However, my go-to cleaning product is a 1:10 mix of ammonia and water.
2. Avoid the Zoom
The optical zoom option on phone cameras lowers the quality of images. Rather than zooming, just move closer to the objects or people instead. If you can’t move closer, stay zoomed out and crop the image later. The quality will better. Read more from SlawTips.
3. Don’t Use Flash
Avoid using flash as much as possible. It usually doesn’t create flattering images as the artificial light creates harsh shadows and red eye. Try to capture as much natural lighting as possible. If you absolutely must use the flash though, read up on best practices from The Photo Argus.
4. Find the Right Lighting
Pictures tell stories! But without the right lighting, the only stories that will be told are why you can’t tell what’s in the photo. iPhone Photography School shares 10 tips for capturing true story-telling pictures on your smart phone.
Don’t forget about the wonders of apps! There are many apps available that will help you be in more control of taking your desired picture before you ever snap the shot. Here’s a list of 15 apps recommended for Android phones and here’s a similar list for iPhones.
6. Try Different Angles
If you just can’t quite get the image you’re going for, try a different angle. I suggest getting different angle shots even if you are happy with your first shot. There have been many times when my favorite picture of a shooting session ends up being one I took from another angle just for the sake of taking it. Read this article from ePhoto Zine to learn more about taking pictures from different angles.
off On the Grid
Use the grid feature on your smart phone camera to apply the Rule of Thirds when taking pictures. The Rule of Thirds is a concept in photography that helps you capture the best composition and balance in your image. Learn more about this rule and how to apply it from iPhone Life Magazine.
8. Filter Caution
I’m all for using filters with phone images! But I also think that oftentimes, less is more. Too much filtering can make pictures look over processed. Read more from Mashable.
9. Shoot Horizontally
Avoid taking photos with your camera in a vertical position. This makes sense when you consider that printed photos, computer screens, and even other phones all view pictures in a horizontal mode. It also goes back to the Rule of Thirds. Learn more from Business Insider.
10. To HDR Or Not To HDR?
The High Dynamic Range (HDR) on your phone camera is a feature that’s supposed to make your photos look better…. If used the right way. Learn more about HDR and how to use it to take the best pictures of your family on your smart phone from Life Hacker.