Before the development of smartphones, taking a nice photo used to be such a time-consuming task. You’d have to buy a high-end camera and editing software for your desktop computer, as well as devote significant time and effort to learning how to handle them.

But, thanks to companies improving photo resolution, adding more lenses, and editing apps, we can now snap and edit high-quality photographs. Al these can be done on the same device!

Here are 6 smartphone photography tips from professionals that will get you snapping like a pro.

Remember to clean your phone camera, Always.

Your phone (camera) is easier to carry around than a camera, but this comes with a price.

When you aren’t home, your phone is either in your bag or in your pocket and all that time is accumulating dust and lint. That’s why it is important to always clean the lens before taking pictures.

Make use of gridlines

Making use of gridlines is one of the most effective and probably the easiest way to improve the quality of your mobile photos because when you are taking pictures with your phone, the gridlines will help you frame, balance, and level your shot.

When you enable gridlines, lines will appear on your screen based on the rule of thirds, which dictates that a photograph should be divided into thirds both horizontally and vertically.

Stick to natural lighting

Taking pictures outdoors, with natural light gives you better results. Lighting influences not only the brightness and darkness of a photograph, but also its mood, tone, and atmosphere.

Avoid zooming in

Zooming into an image on your mobile phone reduces the quality of that image, and makes the image appear blurry and grainy. When trying to get a shot, instead of zooming in, try to move closer to your subject so that you don’t compromise the quality of the image.

Manually adjust the exposure on your phone camera

Manually setting the exposure before taking a picture could mean the difference between showing a subject in all their glory and ending up with a shot that makes them look like a shadow of their true self. The exposure of your image can make or break it.

You can also choose to underexpose if you want to create silhouettes.

Be steady

It’s important to reduce camera movement as much as possible because phones are super sensitive to motion. Buying a phone tripod is a good way to prevent shaking just because our hands can’t be as stable as one.

You can also make use of a wall or tale for stability.

Taking a picture on your phone is just the first step, the next step is to make it visually appealing and that’s where editing comes in. Knowing how to edit photographs is very important because it enhances and highlights certain features of the image. Editing can also be used to remove blemishes from an image.

Focus on your subject

Focusing on your subject makes it sharp and detailed. Focus can also be applied when you want to artistically draw attention to your subject and lead the viewers to the image while reducing the less relevant parts.

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