• Ash Syms

7 Super Simple Tips for Taking Better Phone Photos!

Updated: Aug 14, 2019

We all know that taking photos has never been easier. With smartphones in our pockets at all times its easy to snap those impromptu photo moments which is an amazing way we can preserve all those wonderful memories.


Often the most inspiring photos don't come from well thought out compositions but rather in the spur-of-the-moment when you are having to act quickly to get the shot - which is why having a few tips in mind can come in handy.


Remember some of the greatest images have come from not following the 'rules' so even though there are many tips and tricks for getting the best photo don't let them deter you from getting creative sometimes - I certainly don't!


Here are a few tips to get the most out of your phone camera. Nothing fancy. Just subtle things that make a big difference!


1 | Clean your lens!


Hands down the most important tip. How the heck are you going to get a clear in focus image if there is dirt and dust all over the lens?! A good wipe with a soft cloth will do the trick.


2 | Keep your photos simple


When you overcomplicate your photos there are so many details that your eye doesn't know what to look at. Make sure your subject is the main focus by taking away all the clutter. A busy scene makes it hard to create a beautiful composition.





3 | Shoot from a different angle


Most people take their photos from chest height but try to think about other more creative options. Get down low or above your subject to shoot. I guarantee if you use a different perspective it will dramatically improve your image!





4 | Don't forget about the closeups!


One of my favourite things to capture is all the close-up details. All the patterns, texture and colours that we often overlook in real life but are so, so beautiful.





5 | Bring your subject closer to the light


As you all probably know photography depends on light. Shooting in a low-light situation just isn't going to get a good result with a phone camera. First you need to identify your light source. My suggestion is as simple as bringing your subject closer to the light. Move the object or person towards a window. Natural light is a beautiful thing in photography and by just turning your subjects face to a window will dramatically improve your image.





6 | Edit your photo


Now I'm not talking about those awful portrait apps you can get to smooth out every wrinkle, give you a nip/tuck and make you look like barbie! I'm talking about a simple app that lets you do easy things like crop your photo and adjust your white balance so your skin tones look just as they do in real life. Most of them include tools like brighten, sharpen and contrast which when used sparingly can add a little extra to your images. They all come with filters that you can apply over your images. Some like the black & white and more subtle ones can look beautiful just don't over do it! One of my favourite free apps is called Snapseed. It's free and really simple to use. Download it and have a play!




7 | Break the rules!


Last, but not least, now that you know some of the rules what better way to be creative than the break them! That's right rules were meant to be broken (In an art sense!) Maybe the photo might not be in focus or maybe you have cropped out a portion of the subject that's okay! If it evokes an emotion in you or the viewer then that is what really counts.







So that's it! Super simple tips to creating a little more of a creative, refined photo on your phone. I hope you found this useful. Let me know if you have any questions - I'm always happy to help!

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Ash Syms is a photographic artist. Her style is emotive, raw and inspired by the beauty of life and documenting the ordinary everyday. She specialises in families and newborns.

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