4 Cool Tricks for Amazing Smartphone Photography

Do you remember where you were on June 29th 2007?

Most people probably wouldn’t. But it was the release date for the first iPhone, changing how our lives would be forever: it brought us smartphone photography, documenting our lives in ever-higher-definition as smartphone cameras have progressed.

As our smartphones get ever more sophisticated, we want our photos to keep up with the technology. The cameras are getting better – so, how do you make sure your photos look their best?

1. Get the Right Smartphone

The best smartphone camera is a contentious topic.

The iPhone remains a solid option and produces consistently good results in a variety of situations. The latest models boast a 12MP camera and a plethora of software features.

If you’re not a fan of iOS, there is plenty of hardware running Android to choose from. One particularly good option to look at is Sony’s Xperia Z range. Sony has plenty of experience in photography (not just in mobiles) and plenty of that can be found in its smartphone ranges. Its latest Z3+ has a 20.7MP camera and very advanced software to ensure the quality is consistently high. What’s more, it’s extremely durable and can be taken through water without damage – photographing remote locations need not be the haunt of advanced waterproof cameras with the Z3+.

We have a super in-depth article on finding the best camera phone if you’re interested in discovering more.


2. Find Your Smartphone’s “Hidden” Settings

Especially on Android OS where companies can modify software, cameras can often be quite customisable.

For instance, the aforementioned Xperia range has a “manual” mode where a whole range of settings can be fine-tuned to ensure the perfect result.

Every device varies, but spending some time getting acquainted with your smartphone’s features will inevitably improve your ability to take the best photographs.


3. Work With Your Smartphone

Smartphone photography may be getting easier and technology better, but at the end of the day you should aim to make the best of a still-young technology. Try to find the situations in which your camera produces the best results and reproduce those conditions where possible.

For instance, you may have the choice between taking a photo indoors or outdoors. If you know your smartphone photography comes out best in natural light, go outdoors for the best results.

Lighting is the main aspect here, but proximity to the subject matter can be important too. Some phones are better at panoramic shots of landscapes; others excel when it comes to the minute details of macrophotography (close-ups).

Take advantage of your phone’s best features to achieve your best results.


4. Landscape or Portrait?

Another contentious issue, perhaps.

As a rule of thumb, landscape is always the way to go for smartphone photography.

The reason for this is to take advantage of all the smartphone. Portrait photos on smartphones tend to leave a lot of space unused and, unless they’re cropped, they can look a bit odd. On the other hand, landscape photos will use all of the screen optimally and can easily be transferred for other uses.

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with portrait smartphone photography if you know you definitely want to use it. Generally, however, you should find the best results come from a landscape orientation.


What then?

Practise makes perfect: keep being creative with the way you use your smartphone for photography and you’ll improve. If you find something you like, why not get your photo printed?


  1. Use the right smartphone.
  2. Find out about your camera’s “hidden” settings.
  3. Work with your smartphone and find the right place to take your photos.

Good luck!

Have you got any techniques you use to get the best photos? Tell us about them in the comments.

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