Mobile Photography Tips: Better Smartphone Photography

With the latest smartphones, everyone is a photographer. But a stellar social media presence requires more than just fancy filters – you need a good eye for composition. Read our list of mobile photography tips below to learn how to take your smartphone photography from boring to brilliant.

Clean The Lens

It may seem obvious, but one easy way to improve your smartphone photography is to make sure your lens is smudge-free. Whether you carry a special lens cloth or just use the hem of your t-shirt, cleaning off any dirt or oil that accumulates during the day will make your photos look crisp and clear right away. You might also consider buying a case with a protective lens cover, like the LifeProof Fre Case.

Go For Simple Composition

The best photographs are simple and powerful. Choose a primary subject to focus on and arrange your photo around it. Leave out unnecessary visual distractions if you can.

Use The Rule of Thirds

The golden rule of composition is the Rule of Thirds: position your main subject a third of the way within the frame to give the photo added visual interest. Many smartphone cameras come with a helpful grid function, so you can easily align the horizon with the bottom third of a photo or place your subject neatly along two gridlines.

Try Leading Lines

A quick shortcut for creating visual depth in a photograph is to use leading lines. These are lines that carry your eye through a photograph, like the lines of a path leading into the distance, or a shoreline disappearing into the sea. Leading lines give your photograph movement and direction to help engage the eye.

Look For Different Perspectives

Sometimes all you need for a great shot is to approach is from a different point of view. Experiment with close-up shots by zooming in with your camera. If that’s not enough, just move your feet. Walk as close as you can to your subject, then try shooting from both high and low angles until you find the best shot.

Pay Attention To The Light

They call it the golden hour for a reason. Shoot late in the day or early in the morning for more flattering light. Identify your primary light source and position your subject so that the light hits them from the front, not behind. The rest of the day, look for areas of shade that reduce vertical light and allow a softer horizontal light to illuminate your subject.

For portraits or photos of food, try using a small LED light to brighten the areas of your image where you want to draw the viewer’s eye.

Want more mobile photography tips? Read about photo app features and drone photography to take your smartphone photography to the next level.

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