Top 7 Phone Photography Tips: How to Use Your Phone Camera to Take Awesome Pictures

By Jun 4, 2014July 10th, 201435 Comments

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Every great blog post deserves a great photo to go along with it, and sometimes, there just isn’t a stock image that works, especially for those personal posts. I’m here to tell you that you CAN take an awesome shot with your camera phone and provide you with seven phone photography tips to capture a photo that’s perfect for your next blog post.

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Phone Photography Tips: How to Use Your Phone Camera to Take Awesome Pictures

I grew a love for photography when I was an editor for my high school yearbook. I loved capturing moments under the Friday Night Lights and the DSLR camera for the staff had become my best friend, but sometimes, we simply don’t have the big fancy camera at our disposal and the next best thing is definitely your phone.

1.) Watch the Lighting

Taking photos indoors can be tricky and flash will tempt you, but don’t go for it. I like to open up all the curtains and let the natural light flow in or take it outside. It really does make a difference.

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2.) Backgrounds are Important

Always consider your background when taking photos. Don’t let a messy background take away from your subject. I always try to find a clean and empty wall to take pictures in front of. You can also make your own backdrops.

3.) Play with Angles

To me, taking photos is an adventure. Take snaps from all angles and if you have to stand on a chair, go for it! There’s no harm in playing with your angles, sometimes they make the best photos. Make your photos unique and don’t go for the obvious shot. Experiment.

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4.) Say No to Zoom

The second you start zooming in with your phone camera is the second your photo starts losing its quality. When zooming in, photos become grainy and pixelated, not clean. Instead, I go for a great shot and then crop when I edit. Remember, camera phones today have a pretty good resolution, so when you crop you’ll still have a nice crisp photo for your blog post. An alternative to zooming in is getting close, right on top of your subject. It makes for a great shot.

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5.) An Abundance of Photos

Don’t take one photo and be done, give yourself options. I take between 9 and 15 shots and while sometimes the first one is the best one, I still allow myself to have another choice just in case a photo is blurry or if someone blinked.

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6.) Keep a Clean Lens

I can’t tell you how many times I had a blurry picture because of a dirty lens. Take a clean, soft cloth and wipe your lens clean. When in a rush, your t-shirt will do. If you’re lens is really dirty, it’s time to pull out the lens cleaner.

7.) Photo Apps are Your Friends

There are a lot of great photo editing apps out there, use them! Don’t rely on filters alone; play with the lighting and composition. Some of my favorites photo editing apps are Hipstamatic, Camera Awesome, and SnapSeed. Instagram, a very popular app in the blogging world, just announced an update that introduces new creative tools that would allow you to edit brightness, saturation, contrast, warmth, and more! I can’t wait to try these tools out and see what they can do. I hope these tips help you when you’re having your next phoneography shoot. Remember, have fun with it!


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About Brittany

Brittany is a 22 year old business owner from Texas. She opens up about her journey through adulthood on her lifestyle blog, Simply Brittany. She feeds her social media addiction on Twitter as @brittanyciara and on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. Brittany is also the founder of Fun For EP Kids, an online parent resource for moms & dads in her city.


  • I find that natural lighting is my biggest helper! Color is also an important element…especially making photographs of FOOD look tasty for my blog!

  • Mari Corona says:

    Great tips. I use my IPhone for all my photography needs so glad to add new tips to my already to dos 🙂

  • Lori Hil says:

    Great read! The art is often in the photographer not the equipment 🙂

  • Charlotte says:

    Thank you so very much for the great tips! I have a new phone (FINALLY!) that seems to take decent pictures but I’m always looking for ways to make my posts pop a bit (and I will now start to play with angles and natural lighting).

    Thanks so much for this 🙂

  • Jackie says:

    I am always trying to improve my food photography. Thanks for posting these great tips! I have pinned them for future reference.

  • Daveda says:

    These are great tips! I don’t use my regular camera nearly as much as I used to, my phone is so handy!

  • Laura says:

    I loved this post! I’ve been using Hipstamatic but I downloaded the other two apps that you suggested right away 🙂 Do you have any apps that you suggest specifically for filters, I’m looking mostly for pics of people and really touching up the glow of their face rather than making them look deathly 🙂

  • Stefanie says:

    Here’s a strange but useful tip given to me by a photographer friend. I was indoors at a conference and trying to take a picture of the people onstage and the lighting just killed everything. His suggestion (believe it or not) was to take out my sunglasses and hold them in front of the camera lens – voila – instant filter. I can’t tell you how much better my pictures came out. I could actually see the people instead of a bright blur! Now of course having a real camera would have made all the difference, but like you said, we don’t always have that option. And in this case, the sunglasses trick made a huge difference. Hope that’s as helpful to you as it was to me. And thanks for a terrific post!

    • Brittany says:

      Wow! That’s a great tip. Would never think of that. I just had that happening this weekend at my little brother’s football banquet. Missed a great shot because of lighting. Thanks for sharing!

    • Daveda says:

      That’s a brilliant idea! Im going to have to try that. 🙂

  • Bellesouth says:

    Oh, thank you SO much! I am notorious for taking horrible photos with my smartphone. I was going to do some test shots today, but guess what? It rained. BOOOOOO!

    I won’t stop believin’, though. 😀

  • These are terrific tips, especially about the zoom. I have to use zoom at the ballfield but usually I just get closer to the object. I learned a long time ago by accident that flash is our enemy. The natural light is what you’re seeing the object in and that makes a much better picture! I haven’t found a good editor I like yet but I am hoping Instagram’s new addons will be awesome.

  • Thanks for the great tips!!

  • Nicki Lewis says:

    These are fantastic. Something I want to work on

  • Nicki Lewis says:

    These are fantastic. Something I want to work on

  • Patti says:

    Nice post. Here’s something I just learned. You can take a pic by pressing the volume button??? Works great when trying to get a weird angle. Sometimes I end up pressing to hard and it take several at a time but that is also good if you have a moving object like the butterfly I just tried to photograph. Thanks for all the great tips.

  • shaheena says:

    I like the list. The topic are so helpful that it made me think of creating a blog about myself, even though personally I don’t know how to create one.

  • Nasca says:

    Sweet sauce!! Awesome tippers that can actually be put to practice. Thanks for sharing your knowledge. Hopefully I can take better pics of lean guns & weights for my blog:)

  • Great tips! Were were watching the keynote on iOS 8 and there looks to be some new features that should help even more!

    If only we could get more storage:)

  • Rhiana Jones says:

    I really needed this. I love adding pictures to my posts, it makes a huge difference.

  • Thanks for the article. I’ve been trying to improve my iPhone photography skills lately, so this is helpful!

  • Hi Brittany!

    Perfect timing because I just noticed the other day when I purchased an image, that it gave me all this copyright info at the download.

    I used the image within a graphic.. but I thought “Geez, am I supposed to right 2 lines of credits within my graphic for the image I just bought?”

    So I’ll probably start doing more of my own pictures from now on.

    FYI, I think I’ve stopped by your blog to say “Hi” before because I’m also from Texas! 🙂


  • Super helpful, especially the one about zooming. Thanks for sharing!

  • Laina Turner says:

    Good tips…picture taking in my downfall…

  • Kim says:

    Can we please stop calling DSLRs “fancy cameras”? They’re not fancy. They’re merely a tool for the photographers who use them.

    Anyone can take quality photos regardless of the camera. It just takes a little bit of photography know-how and an ability to understand light and composition.

  • Jolene says:

    Thanks for the tips!! I am going to play around with my new phone today and take some pictures!!

  • Abby says:

    Great tips! I use my phone for pictures with the help of some editing apps and it works just great for blog photos, Instagram or anything really. 🙂

  • Patty says:

    Thanks for these great tips!

  • What handy tips. I rely entirely on my camera phone to take loads of pictures, especially for my blog. I love the app Camera + for photo editing and am a newcomer to Instagram but enjoying its social element. I’d really like to improve on my photography as I’m very much learning on the go, so this is a useful post. Thanks!

  • Thanks for the tips. The one about cleaning the lens is an important reminder!