10 awesome tips for phone photography


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We probably all know that blog photography is a really important thing 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 way 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!

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Clicked with a Samsung Galaxy s4

I have a Samsung Galaxy S4 that takes stunning photographs. I am not telling you to buy a Samsung phone, (Because the Iphone-Samsung competition is endless, ugh) but I am telling you that you can shoot with every phone camera you want!

The only thing that is required is that you need to understand your camera before you jump  in the phone photography. It doesn’t matter how many Megapixels your camera has. Okay maybe it matters a little, (Depends on where you want to upload your photo) but it is not the most important thing.

So, are you ready to become an expert in phone photography? Haha I already thought so! Here are the 10 most important tips to master your phone photography skills!

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 flawless selfie, reconsider which camera you should use!

2. Search for the perfect lightning

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 phone photography, so I suggest you to only take a picture when you have perfect lightning! 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 photo with great lightning, 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 really surprised about the fact how many people didn’t knew 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 subject 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!


Clicked with an iPhone

Another awe some hike. Angels Landing at Zion. #angelslanding #zionnationalpark

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4. Try avoid zooming

It is really hard to explain this proper but: When using a DSRL, you can zoom by moving your lens. When you zoom, you will see that your lens will move/expand. And because your lens expands/moves, zooming won’t lose quality with an DSRL.

When you zoom with a phone camera, you are not zooming with your lens, but with your screen. So actually your camera is not zooming on your subject, but it is cropping it. , which means that it removes pixels, and that means you will lose quality.

Well I hope this made it all clear, hahaha!

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

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! But there is a simple hack to solve it! A flash defuser! It will dim the light of your flash! In this post: 25 photography tips/hacks for bloggers, I will explain it!


6. First shoot, edit afterwards!

We all had the urge to take a picture while you selected a filter. But don’t 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 take a look at the picture again, and then you see that your picture looks like… crap.

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

7. Check your camera settings

You are probably thinking: ‘’Duh, Chelsea! Obviously I check 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 again, but what if you ‘’only had one shot, do not miss your chance to blow, this opportunity comes once in a lifetime!’’ Yes that was me typing out Eminem lyrics! Hahaha.

8. Turn on your Grid!

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

Related: How I edit my photos in Adobe Lightroom

9. Use an app to edit your photos!

I always use Adobe photoshop and Adobe lightroom to edit my photos! In this post: How I edit my photos in Adobe Lightroom, I give you a small introduction about the app, and I show you how I edit them for my blog posts!

But if you are not familiar with those apps, you can download some apps on your phone. Dana Fox from www.thewonderforest.com has a list of the best mobile apps to edit your photos.

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 really 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 shortcut, to take the a picture!


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 really appreciate that, and I think they will too if you show them those amazing tips about phone photography!

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Lots of love,



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Chelsea van Egmond is an 18 year-old girl who has a huge passion for Graphic Design, Photography and Blogging. She loves to write about beginner tips for Photography and Graphic Design to help other people.

  • 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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