Mobile Photography a quick guide to better photos with your phone

The world of photography has become much more mobile since the introduction of the iPhone and Android devices with built-in cameras almost 10 years ago. This made it possible to capture moments at any time and at any place. Fast forward to today, advances in technologies and software have made it possible to take photos that rival many point-and-shoot cameras. In this guide, I'll cover 5 tips and tricks to make your mobile photography the talk of the party.
Tip #1: Portrait v Landscape? It's common to take pictures using your in portrait mode (image on right). This is due to normal use of phone for talking in texting. But the optimal way to capture an image with camera app is to use landscape mode (image on left). This will give more imagery to work with.
Tip #2: Rule of Thirds. This is not a set in stone 'rule' but something to consider when takin photos. In a nutshell, place objects in the frame along the intersecting lines for more appealing imagery. Many camera apps have this option in the settings. Again, it the 'rule' can be broken but it's great idea to understand it beforehand.
Tip 3: Perspective. Try to convey a sense of depth or spatial relationships between objects in the photo, along with their dimensions with respect to the viewpoint. Because we are viewing in 2D, perspective helps give a feeling of 3D. Almost like we are there.
Tip 4: Flash. It's so easy at night to want to take a picture using the built-in flash on mobile devices. Don't! Flash will detract rather than add to the picture. Instead use the exposure setting in the camera app. However, some OS camera apps come sans this feature. For this reason I recommend purchasing a good camera app like Camera+ (link in resources at the end).
Tip #5: Creativity. This is the part you get to let loose! Be creative in the pictures photos you take. Have some fun. Capture images of your favorite collections, hobbies, or my this case toys! The sky is the limit! Well I guess there is a limit based on the size of memory on your mobile phone.
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Equipment & Resources

Here are several tools and apps I use most often to take photos with my iPhone. I highly recommend trying them out. Of course some come with an initial investment but it is well worth it, especially if this becomes more than a hobby.

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Claudio Zavala


All photos by Claudio Zavala Jr.

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