They say the best camera is the one you have with you, and for most of us, that’s our cell phone. I know I don’t carry around my Fuji’s when I’m out running errands or having dinner. But I usually have my phone. So if I see an interesting subject, or something grabs my eye, I take a photo with my phone. This article is a result of questions and requests I often get from people on my photography tours and workshops. The issue is mobile phone photography and how to take better images with this handy device.
So here are 12 quick tips, and links out to some other related articles that apply to ANY camera, that will help you improve your phone photography.
Now, let’s look at each of these one at a time.
NOTE: All the images in this article were taken with my Samsung S7 Android phone and processed with Snapseed on the phone unless stated otherwise.
1. Get closer – do NOT zoom
This is a two-part tip but they both happen simultaneously. The biggest thing you can do for better mobile phone photography is to get closer to your subject without using the built-in zoom. So that means you’ll need to move your butt! I also talk about getting close in order to simplify your image. Less is more!
First image, shot too far away.