SmartPhone Photography: Quality Pictures ARE Possible

You've Come A Long Way, Cell-Phone Photographer!


If taking pictures with your cellphone is one of your favorite pastimes, you might want to consider upgrading your camera feature by looking at some of the newest mobile devices. Take the popular iPhone, for example. It takes smartphone photography to a new level with unheard of high-definition and a front-facing camera that also takes “live” pictures. Awesome feature – especially if you have children or pets.

Don’t have an iPhone? No problem. Android device manufacturers are also putting out cameras with exceptional cameras at substantially lower prices than the Apple phone. Plus, there are apps that let you edit and customize your photos. Gone are the days when the only people who could capture quality images were the proud owners of high-end professional cameras.

There are several things to consider if you are a cell-phone shutter-bug. While some people start out taking ‘spur-of-the-moment’ photos with their phones because they don’t have a digital camera handy, those with the latest smartphones can enjoy the benefits of two great electronic devices in one! Taking pictures with your cell phone is no longer considered the amateur photography it once was. The cameras on mobile phones have become more sophisticated, giving you better pictures to quickly transmit to your email, social sites like Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram. In fact, the majority of images on social media sites are the product of good and bad smartphone photography. The immediacy of transmitting the images to their favorite places makes smart devices the most popular camera with the Millennial generation.

A Few Points to Keep in Mind for Smartphone Photography:

1. Use Zoom Sparingly. While a digital zoom is a nice feature and it can get you in close, it can also give you grainy pictures. The best advice is to take the picture as close as you can, without using the zoom, if you want a high-contrast picture. You can take some great scenery pictures if the light is right. Keep in mind that the actual picture will be bigger, meaning you will lose some definition. For example, if you see the deer in the field on your screen, they might be a little difficult to make out, if you enlarge the picture. If you are close enough, they won’t appear quite as clear, but you will still be able to make them out.

2. Use Great Lighting. Lighting can be important if you are using a cheaper camera model. Some new smartphones let you take pictures of fireworks and groups around the bonfire. You will have a blank screen when taking pictures with your cell phone, but you will be able to see these hard-to-photograph shots when you see the final result. This is a great feature to have for those that like sunsets because they can sometimes appear much darker in the camera phone pictures than what you are seeing.

Some of the best pictures might be ones you think won’t turn out that good and others will not be so great, even though it looks like the perfect lighting, distance from the subject and the angle seems perfect.

3. Edit with a Photo Editor. While it may be easy to quickly edit on your smart device – don’t do that IF you prefer quality. Transfer your images to your computer and use a good image editor. If you can’t afford PhotoShop – look around. There are other free and less spendy alternatives that will add value and interest to your photos.

4. Go Easy With Flash … better still, don’t use it unless you just have to do so. The flash on your camera is not really a “flash” in the camera sense of the word; it’s a flashlight. Yep … you can find your door lock with it when you come home late and discover your porch light has burned out. But ditch it for your Smart photos.

5. Practice Practice Practice.  You can turn out some good photos with your SmartPhone, but only if you take the time to learn how.

Good smartphone photography takes some practice with your particular model. Eventually, you will get to know when you are too close; it’s not quite light enough, or it is too bright. Taking pictures with your cell phone can be fun and rewarding. It just takes a little experimentation and a good camera phone!