How to Take Good Pictures with Your Mobile Phone

For many people, taking a picture using a phone is simply an easy process that involves whipping out their phones, pointing, and capturing an image. Well, that is photography, and it results in pictures ‒ some good, some not so good.

Taking a good picture with your phone is not a simple retrieve-point-shoot process. There is a method to capturing stills and making sure that the end product is impressive. Indulge us as we describe how to take good pictures with your mobile phone.

Clean Your Lens

This might sound obvious, but in the heat of the moment many people forget to clean their lenses. The result is that their camera lenses are covered with grime, thereby reducing the quality of their picture. Wipe your lens with a soft cloth or pocket tissue. Avoid wet wipes because they might damage the glass.

Do Not Use the flash

Yes, stay away from your phone’s flash. It is not exactly a photographer’s best friend. This is for two main reasons; one the flash is too close to the camera lens, resulting in the red demon eyes characteristic of smart phone pictures taken in low lighting conditions. Secondly, the exposure time for the smartphone is not optimal for quality lighting. Smartphone camera flashes are, in essence, LEDs designed to be used as flashlights rather than photography lights. Where the lighting is poor, we recommend that you find a secondary source of light.

Crop, Don’t Zoom

The smartphone camera’s biggest weakness, by far, is the inability to capture detail in sufficient depth. This is smartly hidden when the camera is not zoomed in, but once that happens the details get blurred and pixelated. If you’re looking to capture a specific section of a subject, take a photo of the subject as a whole, then crop away. These are some of the basic tips on how to take good pictures with your mobile. Although the smartphone camera cannot compete with bigger professional cameras, proper application of these simple tips can narrow the gap in the quality.