Monday, May 23, 2016

Top 5 Smart Phone Camera Tips!

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I love taking pictures.  Every day when we are homeschooling, or if I am looking at my garden, playing with the kids, my food, anything, I am taking a picture of it.

I remember way back when I got my first real camera, I loved it!  I loved to take pictures.  Unfortunately, when I got those 24 prints back from the store, half of them had my finger over the lens, some were blurry, and I might (if I was lucky) end up with one good picture.  Of course, this was when I was 10, and I have improved a lot over the years!

Taking pictures with my DSLR is something I love to do now, however, lugging around that big camera is not easy.  

Instead, I tend to grab my iPhone 6 whenever I am trying to get a picture - partly because I love the filters you can use through apps, partly because I always have my phone with me, so it is seamless.

recent survey shows an increase in smart phone users taking pictures and sharing them with friends and family through social media.  I am definitely one of those people.  I also want to make sure that I am taking the best picture I can - and often take multiple shots until I find the right one.

Top 5 Smart Phone Camera Tips

Check the Lens - A dirty lens causes blurry photos.  Use a clean, soft cloth to wipe away dirt or lint from the front and back cameras.

Light Your Subject Well - Natural light is always the best option for great pictures, whether using a mobile device or an expensive camera.  The better lit your subject is, the clearer the image is likely to be.

Hold Steady - The steadier the camera is, the clearer your picture will be.  Use a small tripod, or lean your device against a solid surface.

Follow the Rule of Thirds - Avoid placing your subject squarely in the middle of the frame, instead have it a third of the way in.

Take Plenty of Pictures and Learn - The advantage of digital photography is the option to take a bunch of pictures all at once and see them quickly, we have unlimited film!


Fun Photography Apps to Explore

Camera+(for Apple) and Camera for Android - great for photo sharing and editing. Both feature a full photo editor that is very user friendly, along with the ability to connect and share your photos with others.

Adobe Photoshop Express - helps edit photos just like the desktop program – one-touch adjustment for contrast, exposure, white balance along with blemish and red eye removal and 20 one-touch eye-catching effects to give your photos special “looks.”

Snapseed - helps you tune an image to create depth and vibrancy with color saturation, brightness and contrast and also helps you crop and adjust perspective across the vertical and horizontal axes.

Magnifier & Microscope - allows you to get great close ups of small items or subjects. 

I also love my iPhone for vlogging - come on over and subscribe to my YouTube channel.

Do you take more pictures with your smart phone or your fancy camera?  Any photo tips you would add?

28 comments:

  1. I am new to that rule of thirds, but I have to say that since I started using it - my pictures are awesome LOL. Love your tips.

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  2. Taking plenty of photos is totally key! Especially with digital you can take a million - why not! Love the tip of putting the subject in the third of the frame...great tip!
    Karen | GlamKaren.com

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  3. I use my camera so much! I love the app PicTapGo, College Colors for our football games and Waterlogue.

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  4. It truly is great how much technology can enable us to do on the go, even when we are not attached to our computers. Social media and improved smartphones has changed everything.

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  5. As the cameras on phones get better, I've just started using them. Some pictures can rival a good handheld camera.

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  6. Checking the lens is a great tip. I do that all the time with my big fancy camera but I never thought to do this for my phone.

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  7. My kids, the older 3, have phones. I honestly have to admit that I did not talk too much to them about the do's and dont's but I have since had them sign a phone contract. I have one, my middle son, that kind of needed a little guideline and if he got one I needed to give it to all of them to keep things fair.

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  8. Those are all great tips. I use my iPhone 6S for quite a lot of photos but I just found out about that Camera+ app and downloaded it today. Haven't played around with it yet but intend to.

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  9. Oh cool, I did not know about the rule of thirds, and I like that info graphic. Will download Snapseed, had not heard about it.

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  10. Great tips! I thought rule of thirds was that your subject take up a third of the image. Sounds like I need to brush up, haha.

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  11. I had no idea about the rule of thirds. I will have to look into that and download those apps.

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  12. I take more pictures with my phone since it's the only device I have to take pictures. Lol I always think good lighting and having the subject be in focus is important too!

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  13. I am the same way, I have way too many pictures of my son! I also have a nice camera but it is so much more work to use, and if I want to share any pictures I have to upload them to the computer first. I have gotten into the habit of just using my phone and it saves so much time!

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  14. I need these tips. I love to take pictures with my smartphone, bu they never turn out that great.

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  15. Great tips! I love the portability of the iPhone as a camera. Always with me and I can snap pics whenever. Plus lots of pics!!!!

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  16. I can't wait to try these this summer! I'm always bringing my phone nad taking pictures.

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  17. Great tips. It's amazing how good camera phones are now and the quality of pictures is wonderful.

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  18. My camera does take some pretty nice photos. I am going to try these tips.

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  19. I have a fancy DSLR and I love using it. However, more often than not, I don't have it with me when I want to take a picture, so I use my iPhone. I try to follow the rule of thirds, and if I am not sure, I crop with that rule in Instagram :)

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  20. Oh my word, check the lens is my number one! It always ends up smudgy in my pocket!

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  21. I don't have a fancy camera, all I have is my IPhone. I have the first two apps you mentioned camera+ and Adobe Express. I have so many pictures on my phone that I don't know how I haven't ran out of memory space. Most of the time I try to follow the rule of thirds :-)

    Leslie xoxo

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  22. I am always wiping my iphone camera lens down. It definitely helps when taking great shots...and natural light is better.

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  23. Wonderful tips! It's always important to keep the lens clean to ensure better quality pictures. One of my tried and true methods is using an eyeglass cleaner and Q-Tip.

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  24. I use my smart phone more often than real camera, but I still edit my photos mostly on my computer. I do have snapseed and I love it, but real computer editing is a habit that is hard to break.

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  25. These are great tips. My trick is to clean my lense because usually my 3 year old gets a hold of it and then it gets dirty!

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  26. Snapseed is one of my favorite photo editing apps! Great tips, I'm trying to improve my phone photography.

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  27. This was definitely needed and i am going to use this info for sure or at least give it a try. So many little tricks.

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  28. All of my photos are taken with my iPhone 4. I am envious of those with the new versions. I don't have a DSLR, I have two point and shoots from 2007. They work, but I would love to have a fancy camera one day or at least have an on call Photographer. ^_^

    The iphone (and I'm sure Android) has the option of added the graph which makes practicing the rule of thirds easier. (Sara from bloggersgetsocial)

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