10 awesome tips for phone photography

We probably all know that blog photography is an essential thing if you want to improve your blog. Better blog images get shared more, they increase more traffic, and they have a higher SEO ranking! You heard probably a lot of bloggers saying: ‘’Get a professional camera!’’ or ‘’Hire a photographer to have a brand photo shoot!’’

Yes, those are one of the best ways to stand out in photography. But some people, unfortunately, can’t afford a DSLR camera. If you are one of them: Don’t give up your passion for photography! You can still take gorgeous photos with your phone camera. Yes, people, it is possible!

So, are you ready to become an expert in phone photography? Haha, I already thought so! Here are the ten most important tips to master your phone photography skills!

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1. Try to avoid the front camera

If you have a phone with front and back camera, I recommend you to use your back camera for phone photography. The back camera allows you to focus on your subject, something that your front camera can’t. Also, did you knew your back camera has a higher resolution? So next time you are about to take a perfect selfie, reconsider which camera you should use!

2. Search for the perfect lighting

I already gave this tip on my other post: 25 photography tips/hacks for bloggers. You are probably not able to control your ISO Value with a phone, so I suggest you only to take a picture when you have perfect lighting! With that, I mean Natural light (Read: Sunlight). If you try to photograph on gloomy days, or in the dark, there might appear noise in your photo! If you take a picture with great lighting, your photo will have a higher resolution, and it will look more professional! Try to avoid un-natural lightning.

3. Focus on your subject by tapping on your screen.

I am stunned about the fact how many people didn’t know this! Well, here it comes, haha. If you use your back camera (as I already told you in step 1), you can focus on your subject by tapping the item on your screen. That is a thing you should always do when you take a photo. Don’t just get your phone and take a picture, first, FOCUS!

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4. Try avoid zooming

A phone can only zoom digitally. That means that when you zoom, you will crop your photo. If you zoom with your phone, you will reduce the quality of your photo.

It is better to take a picture and crop it afterward rather than zooming.

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5. Try also to avoid flash!

We all have those moments where it is too dark in the area you are shooting, and you have the feeling that you need to use your flash. If you use your flash, your picture will have those ugly shadows in the background.

It is better to wait until the right light than using your flash.

6. First, shoot, edit afterward!

We all had the urge to take a picture while you selected a filter. But don’t do that! Imagine this: You are walking on the beach, and you see a beautiful sunset. You grab your phone, use the black and white filter, and you take a picture. When you are home, you retake a look at the picture, and then you see that your picture looks like… crap.

Always shoot in the no-filter mode. If you add the filter afterward, and there is a chance you might not like it, you still have the original photo.

Want a more in-depth photo editing guide? You can read here how I edit my Instagram photos with Snapseed.

7. Check your camera settings

You are probably thinking: ‘’Duh, Chelsea! Obviously, I look at my phone settings’’. Well, good job! For the others that don’t do that: Check your camera settings before you shoot, yo. What if you want to take a picture and suddenly you realize that you used the wrong setting. Yeah, you can retake it, but what if you only have one chance?

8. Turn on your Grid!

This simple thing saved me from skew photos! Yes, people, turn on your network! Especially when you are shooting some flat lay photos, this one comes in handy!

9. Use an app to edit your photos!

I always use Snapseed to edit my iPhone photos. In this post, you will see how I edit my Instagram photos with Snapseed. Pssst. This post also comes with a free reference sheet.

10. Use your phone shortcuts

You probably already knew this, if you didn’t, you have learned something new today: Use your volume button to take pictures. This is useful when you are standing in an impossible position, and you can’t tap the camera button. Press the volume button or another button you used as a shortcut, to take a picture!

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Liked the tips? Good! Now show the world you have mastered your phone photography skills! You can do it! 🙂 What are your favorite phone photography tips? Before you practice, why not share this with your friends? I would appreciate that, and I think they will too if you show them those amazing tips about phone photography!

What are your favorite phone photography tips? Before you practice, why not share this with your friends? I would appreciate that, and I think they will too if you show them those amazing tips about phone photography!

Before you practice, why not share this blog post with your friends by pinning it to Pinterest? And don’t forget to follow my iPhone Photography board to read even more tips.

Lots of love,



Chelsea van Egmond is a creative girl boss who is specialized in shooting professional photos (With both an iPhone and DSLR), hand-lettering and Bullet Journaling. She also runs a blog called Join the Creative Side where she teaches bloggers and entrepreneurs how they can improve their photography and graphic design skills even if they don’t have any experience or a big budget. Her #1 mission: To help you build your visual story/brand.

  • Such great tips! Love this post!

    Xox Dana Ivy // http://www.iadorewhatilove.com

  • Renee Franklin

    These are really some great tips….that sadly I did not know about most of them. Thanks for sharing I will definitely start using them.

  • DIY for Days

    These are some fantastic tips! I had already been using some of these tips for a while, and I’m here to say, they really are helpful!! My blog is chuck full of photos, all taken with my phone, and you wouldn’t be able to even tell! http://www.diyfordays.com

  • Theresa Bailey

    These are really great tips! Thank you for sharing.

  • Excellent tips Chelsea.
    It’s always better to avoid direct flash, even on high end DSLR’s, as they are too harsh.
    Front camera of smartphones isn’t good for anything other than for a Whatsapp dp. I wouldn’t even consider them to be Instagram worthy.

  • Christina Graham

    Loved this! I stick to my DSLR for most things but recently I didn’t have it. I had to use my phone, and I could have used these tips! It’s the camera you have on you, right? lol

    • Hello! Thank you for your sweet comments! Most of the time I do use my dsrl!

  • a Frog At Large

    This is super helpful. I can’t say I’m particularly ‘passionate’ about photography because I am so bad at it, but at least I know I can only improve. Only one thing, I have no idea what you mean by ‘turn on your grid’. And I can’t afford Photoshop or Lightroom so I use Picmonkey, Canva and BeFunky instead.

    • Hello 🙂 With turn on your grid I mean those white lines! (2horizontally and 2 vertically)

  • Melissa Falk

    Great post! I have a camera phone which I use for most of my blog photos. I’ts a Motorola and it takes nice photos. I had no idea about back vs. front camera. I will need to check whether my phone as a back camera. Thanks for that tip.

    • Hello Melissa 🙂

      I am so glad I learned you a new tip, hahaha! And phone photography ia amazing, I know 🙂

  • Great tips! Using a grid is really helpful for composition, and my favorite app on my iPhone is A Color Story…I love that app!

    Emma | http://www.creativexplorations.com

    • I heard a lot of people talking about that! Going to check that out soon. Thank you Emma <3

  • Great photography tips! I have a fancy camera but honestly it sometimes feels so much easier to just use your phone to take photos instead.

    • Sooo relateable! And I don’t always have space in my bag to take my camera with me. A phone is much easier in my opinion.

  • Great tips. Love the one about using the volume button on your phone.

  • The Oracle

    These are awesome tips. I use my phone all the time for pictures

  • JaQuette

    Great tips! I just started trying my hand at taking blog photos with my Samsung, too. Didn’t think to use a grid. Will definitely look into this.

    J | joyfullyj.co

  • Casey Fossett Powers

    Great tips! I’m techno challenged so I need all the help I can get!

  • Lavenderlife.co

    These are some great tips! I really should start using that grid.

  • I really needed this! I only have my phone for photos and I want to improve their quality. Using the grid and the volume buttons are great ideas! Definitely didn’t think of those 🙂

    • Well I am glad I learned you something Melanie 🙂 Have a great day <3

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  • Alfonso Philippe

    I think you mean ‘Lighting’—not “Lightning”…

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  • Jo Smith

    These are good tips! Although I have one question: what is the grid? Is that available on an iPhone?

    • Hi Jo. Yes you can enable your grid on your iPhone. In my eBook iCapture, I will explain how you can do that.

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