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Phone Photography 101

Adeline Salvador

Phone Photography 101 by Adeline Salvador on December 12th, 2018

Who says you need a fancy expensive camera to take nice photos? All you really need is a smartphone and these tips:


It’s all about the lighting

Lighting is one of the main key component to create better photos. With a smartphone, it’s really important to take advantage of natural lighting. As much as possible, try avoiding using the flash from your phone, it will make your photo look overexposed and washed out. At night,  take advantage of ambient light sources that come from traffic lights or buildings to illuminate your subject. Tip- on most phones, you can tap and hold on the screen to manually adjust the exposure of your phone, you can slide up to brighten and down to darken.



Zoom with your body

Since smartphones have fixed lens,  phones use a “digital zoom” feature – what it does is it takes a portion of the area you want to zoom in, crops it in and enlarges the area. Using this feature,  you will notice that you start to lose all the fine details of your image, making your photo appear grainy and pixelated. As a result, always move closer or away from your subject to maintain a sharp and detailed photo.


Tap and focus

Don’t forget to tap and focus on your subject. The screen on your smartphone is very beneficial for moments when your auto-focus just isn’t focusing where it should be. Just look at your screen and tap on the area you want to focus on and shoot. The last thing you need is a photo where the subjects are all out of focus.

Don’t be afraid to edit

It’s okay to spice up your photo!  There are tons of photography apps out there that will help enhance your photo. Don’t be afraid to increase the vibrancy of your photos and adjust the colouring to your liking, it’s your creation after all!

Now go out there and snap picture-perfect photos on the go!