• Allen Mechen

How To Take Better Photographs Using Your Mobile: Seven Tips From The Experts at Hello.

If you’ve got a smartphone, the chances are you’ve already got a pretty impressive camera right there in your pocket. But do you know how to make the most of your phone’s camera to get those epic Insta-worthy shots?

We have put together our favourites to bring you seven tips that’ll have you taking incredible images on your phone, with no need for any fancy equipment whatsoever.

Practise Makes Perfect

One of the best tips we can offer you is to practise, practise and practise again. Many people have no idea what their phone cameras are capable of, simply because they haven’t tried out all the settings. Take the time to get familiar with all the bells and whistles of your smartphone. We bet you’ll be surprised at what it can do. Look at photographs that inspire you and try to copy the pose and position of the photograph.

Use the Viewfinder/Screen

Most smartphone cameras come complete with a viewfinder which just happens to be your large screen, and this tool is great if you want to take beautifully composed pictures. You can take a powerful image of a single subject by getting up close and using the viewfinder to ensure the subject matter fills as much of the screen as possible. Then it’s just a case of lining up your image before you press the trigger.

Choosing The Light Source

Check the lighting. Light sources can fall into two areas: Natural-daylight and Artificial-led and light bulbs . Try to use one or the other, you should see much better results. Mixed lighting is bad. Why? because the cameras colour balance will try to adjust for both sources of light which will result in orange or blue faces and crazy background colours. Just try it and see the difference.

Ever Heard of The Rule of Thirds?

The rule of thirds is a popular photography trick. The idea is that you split the screen into three equal sections, both horizontally and vertically. Then, you place your subject where these lines would intersect, rather than always positioning your point of interest in the centre of the frame. Some smartphone cameras will even show these lines, which makes perfecting the rule of thirds a breeze.

Add A Little Something

Beautiful landscapes are lovely to look at, sure. But they really come into their own when you add a point of interest. This might be a person in the distance, a bird flying high over the ocean or even an intriguing building that breaks up the scenery. It’ll add personality, scale and a certain pizzazz to your picture.

Cleanliness is Key

It goes without saying, but many smartphone users forget that those little lenses can, and do, get grubby. And a dirty lens won’t take a good photo! Make sure you polish it up before you start snapping to get the full definition from your images.

It’s All In The Edits

Smartphones aren’t just great for taking photos. They’re also brilliant for editing. There are an abundance of fantastic photo editing apps out there, from the obvious (Instagram) to the more advanced (VSCO, Snapseed and Enlight). Try a few out and see which one takes your fancy. And never underestimate the power of a good filter!

Oh! and remember the old saying "Keep It Simple Stupid" try not to get overly busy backgrounds in portraits or award photographs. Look for plain backgrounds. It can make a huge difference.

So, there you have it. Now all you need to do is get out there and start capturing those moments. If you’ve got any more tips on how to take amazing photos with your phone, make sure you leave us a comment.