Smartphone cameras are only becoming smarter with their multiple functioning capabilities. They’re super convenient, easy to use, and take relatively good quality photos. If you’re someone who uses their smartphone camera to capture moments, here’s what you can do to get more professional looking photos.

Find the perfect lighting

Natural lighting is the best sort of lighting to use when taking pictures with your smartphone. This is mainly because the picture quality looks real and less artificial. Go outside and find the best spot that gives off the best lighting or try facing a window when taking photos.

Avoid using your smartphones built-in flash when taking pictures, because you could be left with a red-eye effect. Also, the built-in flash might create a harsh outcome on the actual picture.

Ideally speaking, the best time to take pictures is during golden hour. It occurs twice a day; before sunset and just a little after sunrise. During golden hour, the sun emits warm tones and results in amazing pictures. (Read more about golden hour here)

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Get the angle

When taking pictures it’s good to know your angles. If you’re perhaps taking a photo of a model then you should work together with him/her to find out what their preferred angles are. This can play a huge part in developing a great looking photograph.

On the other hand, if you’re taking a picture of yourself try experimenting different angles. This will help you find a great balance and lead to excellent pictures. To take it even further, combine the perfect lighting with the perfect angle and you will be left with a magical shot.

Don’t use the zoom in feature

All cameras have this function and it’s honestly a waste of time. Instead of zooming into a picture, try going in closer to get the shot. The reason that the zooming in is such a big no-no is that it deeply affects the photo quality. Pictures usually end up heavily pixilated and look unprofessional.

However, fortunately, there is a solution if you really need to zoom into pictures. It’s called a Telephoto lens which can be used in conjunction with a smartphone camera. This lens is easy to fix onto a mobile and the results are excellent.

The rule of the thirds

The rule of the thirds is a basic rule that all photographers follow to create the best pictures. This rule is quite simple and can be attained by changing the settings on your phone, more of that later.

To quickly explain the rule of the thirds here’s what you need to know. When taking a photo the image should be divided into nine equal parts. Never place the subject in the center; this could result in an awkward shot. Instead, the subject should be placed on the right/ left side of the grid.

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How to use the rule of the thirds on your smartphone camera

All smartphones have this feature and you can use the grid lines by simply changing your camera settings.

Android- Open camera, go to settings and select grid lines. Choose 3 x 3 setting.

iPhone- Open settings and go to “Photos and Camera”. Scroll down to grid and tap to switch on.

Edit the image instead of applying filters

Filters are fun to play around with but they can also drastically decrease the picture quality. If you are going to add a filter, ensure that the picture still looks clean and realistic. Too many filters can easily lose the essence of the photo.

It’s always better to edit the image by experimenting with the editing settings. Play around with the structure, contrast, shadows, and saturation. You’ll be surprised by what a difference all this actually makes. Just remember not to over edit your pictures!

Shoot horizontally

This should go without saying- shoot horizontally with your smartphone camera so that you have more to work with. It’s also a lot easier to get a more into the frame as opposed to shooting vertically.

The only times it’s acceptable to shoot vertically is if you’re taking a portrait picture.

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Get a smartphone tripod

This is the perfect gadget to get and helps you take pictures that are stable with no blur. It’s truly what every smartphone photographer needs.