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A Short Guide to Effortlessly Taking the Best Smartphone Images

A Short Guide to Effortlessly Taking the Best Smartphone Images

Smartphones allow quality photography to remain a pocket-reach away. The downside to this accessibility is the possibility of taking smartphone photos that fall short of a scene’s potential. Don’t let this get you down! We’re here to list some easy-to-implement smartphone photography tips that will take your picture-taking skills to the next level. 


Keep on reading if you’re ready to shoot smartphone photos like a pro.


Tip #1: Utilize a Smartphone With a Quality Camera


The philosophy behind our first tip remains simple, while the nuance exists within the phone’s camera design. Higher quality photography has been a driving sales point for Apple iPhones and Android smartphones over the past few years. Your first step toward acquiring a smartphone with a quality camera is selecting a phone that’s been on the market for 1-3 years. 


Later Samsung Galaxy and Apple iPhone models are known for their recent camera evolution. The Apple iPhone 12 Pro boasts a three-camera unit with innovative features like a LiDAR scanner that provides professional focusing in low light settings. Samsung edges out Apple’s iPhone 12 Pro with the Galaxy S 21 ultra that contains four rear cameras. 


You won’t have to spend lots of money on the latest Apple or Samsung phone to achieve quality smartphone photos. Communicating that camera quality is on the top of your smartphone wish list can allow a salesperson to show you options that will meet your needs. 


Tip #2: Adjust Your Smartphone Camera’s Focus and Exposure


The general population’s understanding of the importance of camera focus with the frame’s subject tends to outweigh their knowledge of exposure. You don’t need to be a pro-level photographer to understand the importance of exposure within your smartphone images. 


Exposure represents the amount of light that hits your camera’s sensor. This two-part relationship directly influences how light or dark your photos appear. Bright photos can communicate a more lively mood, while photos with dim lighting tend to be more dramatic. 


iPhone and Android camera apps utilize a +/- icon to represent exposure adjustment. This simple hold and drag exposure action takes the stress out of acquiring the ideal lighting for your image. 


Tip #3: Keep a Steady Shot 


We’ve all had situations when we thought we took the perfect smartphone photo only to discover our efforts resulted in an image that was blurry and wavy. Steadying your shot is half the battle of capturing the ideal smartphone image. The high level of sensitivity that smartphones contain makes these devices especially prone to producing wavy images.


Consciously keeping your phone’s motion in mind can go a long way in improving the quality of your hand taken smartphone photo. Photographers looking for some extra assistance can purchase inexpensive smartphone tripods in a variety of sizes. 


We understand that tripods aren’t always the most accessible option for facilitating smartphone photography. Feel free to use DIY steadying methods like your arm or a friend’s arm. 


Tip #4: Utilize Natural Light


Lighting plays a crucial role in building the quality of a smartphone image. Built-in smartphone camera flashes are only ideal for nighttime photography at close distances. Veering too far out with a smartphone flash during nighttime picture taking will produce low-quality results.


You can go above and beyond in your ability to use natural light in smartphone photos by keeping your subject(s) well-lit from the front. Many smartphone photographers take photos where their subject(s) are silhouetted by natural light from behind. Artificial light can lend a strong helping hand during night shots. Your photo subject(s) should stand closer to artificial lights and away from shadows. 


Options are a photographer’s best friend after the conclusion of a picture-taking session. Taking one image with flash and night and one without flash can allow you to settle for more within your smartphone photos. 


Portrait smartphone photography modes operate best in well-lit areas. People far and wide use their smart device’s portrait mode to take photos that portray a shallower depth of field. This simulated shallower depth creates an aesthetic that positively highlights the image’s subject. 


Tip #5: Utilize Burst Smartphone Photography


Burst smartphone photography allows you to capture multiple photos of a moving subject quickly. Leaning on this feature gives a user plenty of opportunities to capture their ideal shot. 


The photo burst option highlights how far technology has taken photography. Prior years would have resulted in a photographer having to wait for their film to develop before choosing their best images. Smartphones now can rapidly generate a plethora of images thanks to the burst feature that’s sure to reveal a few hidden gems. 


Tip #6: Resist Digital Zooming


We understand how easy it is to be trigger happy with your smartphone’s digital zoom feature. It’s essential to resist the urge to digitally zoom as this action will lower your image’s resolution. Your best move is to move closer to the subject you’re trying to capture. 


Tip #7: Frame for a Better Result


Smartphones are designed to assist a user’s desire to adequately frame and compose a shot. Enabling the ‘Grid’ option in your phone’s settings under ‘Camera’ results in the display of a rule-of-thirds overlay. This automatically generated grid fosters ideal smartphone pictures by keeping your shot parallel with any horizontal or vertical lines present. 


Android devices have an equally effortless grid activation process. First, you’ll open your phone’s settings before going into your apps, then your camera. Select ‘Grid Lines’ within your ‘Camera’ settings to produce the choice between a square or rule-of-thirds overlay. 


Do your best to evaluate all of the scenery within your frame. You’re going to want every component within your frame to exist in the photo. Anything extraneous scenery should call for an adjustment. 


Are you ready to take professional-level smartphone images? 


Here’s what you can do with your smartphone photos when you’re done capturing the perfect shot: 


Make the Most Of Your Smartphone Images With Alumifi


Alumifi is happy to offer you the opportunity to easily transform your smartphone photos into a beautiful aluminum art print that’s durable and long-lasting. The process of transforming your smartphone images into an aluminum edge-to-edge print functions off of a seamless 1-2-3 process.

  1. First, you’ll choose the style of print that you feel best represents your smartphone image. 
  2. Next, you can select a size print that seamlessly fits within your interior environment. 
  3. Conclude your Alumifi custom print creation experience by uploading an image from your smartphone or a computer. 

Your final result will be a stunningly sleek aluminum print that leaves a lasting impression.

Get started with our custom print process today, or fill out our site’s contact form to get in touch.