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Master Photography: 9 Tips to Master Phone Photography

Ever wondered how those Masters of Photography click those stunning photographs using their mobile phones?

Ever thought of clicking those amazing sunsets, those beautiful looking flowers with attractive colors? Sounds very technical and a difficult task, correct?

Mobile photography is very simple if you follow these tips & tricks, which I’m going to cover in my today’s blog.

By following these tips & tricks, you’ll be able to click those amazing pictures for your Instagram and Facebook profile and attract a healthy number of audiences.

Continue reading to discover those 9 Tips & Tricks to Master Phone Photography and notice yourself dramatically improving those pictures.

Note: The word subject in the entire blog post, refers to the thing you are clicking from your camera.

#9 Composition.

Be it mobile photography or using a camera to shoot pictures. Always remember to compose your frame before clicking any picture.

But I don’t know what composition is!

Correct! And a reason I’m writing this blog post for ?

Composition consists of some principles or some standard rules which includes Symmetry, Leading Lines, Colors, Textures, etc. These standard composition techniques still apply for mobile phone photography.

Leading lines refer to a technique where the viewer of the picture attention is drawn to the lines that lead to the Subject in the frame.

Symmetry refers to the line that splits an object in half and if both sides of the object are an exact mirror image of each other, then this object or a picture is called as Symmetrical.

Pro Tip: Always practice on your composition before shooting.

#8 Rule of Thirds.

This might sound a bit technical, however, it is one of the most important photography composition principles. So, what does “Rule of Thirds” mean?

The phone screen while using the camera, is divided by 2 vertical and 2 horizontal lines called “Grids”. The Rule states that, you must position or place the subject along the lines or at the points where they intersect.

You can easily find the grids in your camera settings if you haven’t enabled it yet. There can be various types of grids and the best one to choose from those would be 3*3 grid.

Example: Position your subject along the vertical lines or at the point where these lines meet.

Pro Tip: If you are clicking a picture of a person, try and keep the intersection point on the eye of the person.

#7 Focus on the Subject.

Nowadays, mobile phones have Auto-focus enabled, that focuses on the subject automatically in your frame. However, not every picture you take has a subject and even if you have a subject it might get defocused due to a camera shake.

To adjust where you want the camera lens to focus in the picture, just tap on the subject in your camera application. A circular or square icon would appear on your camera screen which would shift all the focus from your frame to the subject inside the icon.

The focus icon can be green or yellow, depending upon which brand of phone you are using.

Pro Tip: If your subject is in motion or moving, tap on the screen to correct your focus just before clicking the picture. Ensure the moving subject has as much focus as possible.

#6 Try making less use of flash.

It is very difficult to find a great picture clicked on a smartphone using a flash. Many of the time, enabling flash can make your picture look overexposed, dirty, negatively altering colors and making subject washed out.

Make as much as possible advantage of natural lights in the daytime and even after dark. In daytime it would give you those perfectly exposed pictures and, in the nighttime, you can take advantages of the shadows as well.

You can click pictures using the lights of the surrounding buildings or traffic lights of streetlamps, etc. Newer phones have color-balanced flashes that do a good job.

Pro Tip: Always keep your flash settings to off or auto-flash. You never know when you might get a chance to click a great picture and you miss on the opportunity due to bad exposure due to the flash.

#5 Avoid zooming in.

Zooming in to your subject can make your picture look grainy and pixelated. (Noise in Photographic term)

If you feel like zooming into the picture, move forward towards your subject and click the picture. Later crop out the image according to what point of interest you want to display. Doing this can maintain the quality of the picture and wouldn’t display grainy images.

Try and get as much closer as possible to the subject, unless it’s a wild animal. Run away if you are in such situations.

Pro Tip: Cropping the picture instead of zooming in, is a better way as you won’t even compromise with the quality and can also maintain/optimize a larger image.

#4 Use a Tripod/Gorillapod.

Tired of blurry images? Consider keeping your phone as steady as possible. The phone when kept in your hand would also consider the tiniest shake you make to your body, further creating a blurry image.

Now, in a bright light condition, a little shake or a slight camera movement isn’t a problem. As there is a lot of light, the camera uses a fast shutter speed (To avoid too much light getting in). The fast shutter speed freezes any kind of a movement in the frame.

The problem arises when you are clicking in low-light or in dark, where the camera must use a slow shutter speed (Allowing more light in for a longer duration of time). This is the reason you get blurry and overexposed pictures while shooting in night.

While shooting Macros, a tripod or a gorillapod would be very helpful to get a sharp picture.

Pro Tip: Try recording a time-lapse of clouds moving during the monsoon. Do not forget to mount your phone on a Tripod/Gorillapod. Add some music to it after the recording.

#3 Make use of External Lenses.

As digital cameras have external lenses, there are various lenses that you can use for your mobile phone as well.

Many brands provide externally attachable, easy to use lenses for smartphones. Lenses may differ in types as there are Wide-angle lenses, Fish-eye lenses, Macro lenses, Pro lenses, etc.

If you are an insect lover and want to click stunning macro shots of them, I would suggest you, go for a Macro lens. If you like clicking monuments, try using a Wide-angle lens and capture the entire monument, rather taking a panorama shot.

Below are some pictures I’ve clicked using a Skyvik Signi 20X Macro Lens attached to my Smart Phone.

I’ve also added a link to the lens in this blog post.

#2 Clean the Lens.

The most important step to Master Phone Photography.

Your smartphone is the most convenient device you can carry everywhere. You carry it in your pocket or bag or your purses and all the while, the camera lens is carrying all sorts of lint, dust and fingerprints.

A dirty lens can leave blurs, smudges and dust spots on your pictures. It doesn’t look good and can make your picture dirty. To click sharp and clear photos, always clean your lens with a soft cloth to wipe the camera lens.

Pro tip: There are many products on Amazon, which provide a cleaning kit for your smartphone and investing in this is not a bad deal.

#1 Try out new things.

This is one of the most important things in photography. You might have seen people experimenting on various things and clicking abstract pictures on social media. Where composition is a huge part of what makes a picture great, so is the photo’s subject.

Many remarkable and delightful pictures come from those unique ideas that keep an impression on the viewers. Keep on trying and thinking out of the box while you are capturing.

Keep clicking candid pictures, don’t be afraid to edit picture, click abstract and capture the essence of an object without revealing the entire scenario.

Let the viewers and audience think and make stories in their mind about the picture. Capture the smallest details of a subject or an object. Play around with reflections and click your masterpiece.

Make use of HDR (High Dynamic Range) for capturing details of highlights and shadows. Using HDR, you can shoot beautiful pictures with correct exposure throughout the entire frame.

Do let me know if any Master Phone Photography step was missing.

I’ll be glad to see the pictures you click. Share your pictures and stories with me and I’ll share them on my Instagram Account. Check the pictures I’ve clicked on my Instagram Account and also share your honest reviews on the topic covered.

If there were any topics missing, drop a comment below and I’ll go through it. Also, do not forget to SHARE this post with your contacts and people who are interested in Photography.

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27 thoughts on “Master Photography: 9 Tips to Master Phone Photography

  1. Best tips for beginners, but for mobile lens it varies from phone to phone, so the fit may be not perfect for some phones.
    Great tips, keep going!

  2. Ok, so here comes the surprise. I was wondering when I would read an article which would not be something rocket science. And look here it is, I really thank you from the bottom of my heart. Great going.

  3. Great content but what draws my attention is the real pictures. Bun maska through the glasses and the young kid in the dark are the real touch to this blog. Would love to see what comes next!! ?

  4. Being an amateur photographer I always looked at you as my photography idol..
    Thank you so much for strengthening my knowledge of photography by sharing such innovative ideas Akshay sir!
    I’ll save this webpage as a bookmark so that I can read, understand and implement your ideas for improving my photography skills.

  5. Extremely useful. I tried a few tricks. Helped me get good shots of my plants. Thanks Akshay. And your photography is really nice. I scrolled your album like Instagram.

  6. Apt ! Well explained and presented!
    I personally loved this one- #8 rule of thirds!
    Will be looking forward to similar content in videography! Though it’s unexplored, its exploding out in the internet market these days!

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