5 Tips on Mobile Photography

As promised in yesterday's blog 5 reasons why your mobile phone is your best camera, I return with tips on how to make the best of your mobile phone’s camera.

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1. Choose the right phone

As you may have already imagined, the story starts with the phone purchase. You will have a few things to consider before going out and buying something, to begin with, your budget. Once you have the money part settled start looking at phones that are in this range then go online and compare their camera capabilities, operating system and any other features you’re looking for. Look for videos and images and see how your main contenders behave in multiple lighting conditions. Once you made a choice go in a physical store and see how the phone feels in your hand, and if you actually like it go on and purchase it.

2. Apps, apps and more apps

There is app galore out there, we all know there is an app for anything these days from one that can find you someone to cuddle with when you’re feeling down (cause who doesn’t want to cuddle with a total stranger) to one that tells you where you left your car … in a pirate voice.

But the kind of apps we want to download are actually helpful for our photography so focus on apps that are well rated and that actually do what you need them to. There are apps that will shoot *.tiff for you, the next best thing besides the raw images. There are apps for multiple exposures, HDR, post-processing, you name it, the app stores have it. Experiment and keep those that you’re satisfied with.

3. Save at full size

Make sure to set your phone to save the images at full quality. Many phones will save at lower quality to save space but if you want to actually use the images for stock we recommend changing this to full size.

4. Turn of your flashlight

If you want to be stock ready make sure you set the flashlight to off. Experiment with light sources in darker conditions, such as another phone’s flashlight, a lightbulb and so on. Go for moody shots and fuzzy filters to help with unwanted noise.

5. Know your phone’s limits

Yes, your phone camera is awesome and amazing but it has its limits. The newest flagship models have two cameras, allowing you to take wide-angle images as well as zoomed in images without losing actual quality. However, a mid-range phone will not have that. So you will have to find a style that suits your camera phone as well. Luckily there is such a wide range of subjects out there that you’ll certainly find your niche. And then don't forget to upload them using our Dreamstime Companion App.

I hope this helps you take your next steps into stock photography and, if you have more questions for me, I am looking forward to answering them.

Photo credits: Ioana Grecu.

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November 27, 2017


Useful article, it remains only to perform everything!

October 25, 2017


LOL Slowwalkers! Guess I don't have worry about it anymore. Too funny. Thanks.

Nikitu, Well that brings up the question of what if they are not over 18? But your point is well taken. Never avoid a shot just because you don't have your rig with you. I've missed a few shots in my day because I didn't have any kind of camera with me. And just describing the situation to someone falls short. Good article.

October 25, 2017


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Looks like someone's already done it. I can imagine getting your mobile out and taking photos of aliens taking photos :)

October 25, 2017


Well, depends, do they have an ID? :))
My point was that the best camera is the one you have on you. Of course, quality-wise we can not have a comparison with a full frame dslr.

October 25, 2017


Nikitu, I said primary camera. I have never taken a selfie, (I know what I look like and it's not pretty) but I might try it in that case. Would I need model releases for the aliens?

October 25, 2017


Seawatch1, let me ask you something: You're out there, on the street and an alien ship appears out of nowhere and first contact is made right in front of you. You don't have your camera, will you use your phone camera or lose the opportunity to document this historic event altogether?

October 24, 2017


If you consider yourself a pro, you should never, ever use a cell phone camera as your primary shooter.

October 24, 2017


useful blog with good points.

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