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How to Take Better Cellphone Pictures

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The high resolution cameras in today’s cellphones have effectively put companies like Kodak out of business and made most digital cameras look like dinosaurs. Professional photographers and filmmakers are using their cellphones as their main creative device. There is no need to invest in bulky cameras in order to make production worthy images. For the average person on vacation or out on the town, everything you need to capture the moment can fit right in your pocket.

For those looking to up their game and take the best photos, here are some simple tips that will help you improve your photography skills.

Clean the Lens

If you had an actual camera, this would be a normal habit. However, we tend to be a little tougher on our phones. They end up crammed in pockets and purses and exposed to a lot more dirt and debris. Wiping down the lens and keeping it clean can go a long way to improving your photo quality.

Use the Landscape Setting



Most people end up taking pictures with the phone in the same vertical position as they use for talking. Often times, a horizontal view will capture more of the picture and provide a better perspective.

Avoid Backlighting

Make sure that your subjects aren’t backlit because this will obscure the image and create a halo effect. Moving just a couple feet to either side can change the light enough to create a better image.

Don’t Overuse the Flash.

If an image is dimly lit, the camera’s flash can help, but it won’t do much to improve the overall image. The best way to illuminate a subject is with natural light. When possible, reposition the subject to take advantage of sunlight or turn on accent lights to help provide a more natural feel that doesn’t reduce the resolution.

Purchase Some Accessories


There are some really great and affordable cellphone camera accessories on the market. You can purchase tripods that come with a Bluetooth remote control button for snapping pictures, which means you don’t have to worry about trying to hold the camera steady. Snap-on lenses can also expand the functionality of your camera and allow you to take advantage of different angles and perspectives.

Use Gridlines


Cellphone cameras come with a gridlines feature, which will help you center images. This tool is based on the “rule of thirds,” which is a tenant of photographic composition and recommends that all pictures should be split into an even 3×3 square.

Don’t Overdo the Zoom

It can be tempting to zoom in on all your subjects, but this can create a grainy effect. Take the picture from a distance and use editing tools to crop out unwanted surroundings and focus on one image.

Use Editing Tools and Filters


There is no shame in using some tricks to make your photos brighter and/or more interesting. Instagram offers a wide variety of filters and there are plenty of apps for both iPhones and Androids that can allow you to have some fun with your photos.

In some cases, technology is the great equalizer. When it comes to taking professional grade photos, you don’t have to invest in expensive cameras to create artistic images that capture your favorite objects, people and landscapes. Simply following a few of these tips can improve give you even bigger bag of tricks when it comes to taking better photos.

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