How to Get Great Smartphone Photos

First the discovery. I was visiting a local storage facility when I found this rusting car behind a fence just beyond my reach. The afternoon was silent and overcast and the empty pile of metal told no tales. The only gear I had at the time was my smartphone and my lens pen.

Which brings me to a common fear most pro photographers harbor: the fear that cell phone photos will put us out of business. My answer? Not if we pros claim cell phone cameras as gear for ourselves! The modern smartphone has quite the impressive glass these days. Capable of ISO 50 (!!) sensor sensitivity and very respectable shutter speeds, these lenses also have very nice image quality.

To maximize your use of these cameras, you’ll need a few things…

1. Always carry a lens pen or microfiber cloth with you. Cell phones get lots of finger handling and a clean lens is key.
2. Use a proper camera app, one that allows you the finest possible control over exposure. My current favorite app is ProCapture. It allows control of white balance, flash firing, exposure compensation, and more.
3. Don’t neglect post-processing. Photoshop and similar apps work wonders. Treat the photo as you would any other.
4. Finally, bring all your usual photography skills to bear. Good composition skills and exposure control always makes for better shots. And by the way: if you fear camera shake, there are tripod attachments for cell phones available!

Exposure Data: ISO 50, f/2.2, 1/500

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Written by The Twilit Lens

Freelance photographer and ponderer of the unusual. I welcome the presence of mystery and the unknown. Wonder is not absent from the universe, and there is still room for the child in those who haven't yet allowed their hearts to wither to dust.

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